UHD Communication Studies Newsletter sponsored by UHD's Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society

February 2019

Fox 26's Isiah Carey to Join CCRS Fellows in Roundtable Discussion on Media Representation

Popular television host Isiah Carey of The Isiah Factor is the featured speaker at the Spring 2019 Communication Studies Speaker Event to be held February 20, 2019 from 1 to 2 pm in UHD's Robertson Auditorium. This semester's theme, "The Black Factor: Overcoming Barriers to Black Representation in the Media" brings together lived experience with media research. Drs. Creshema Murray and Felicia Harris, both Assistant Professors of Communication Studies and Fellows of UHD's Center for Critical Race Studies, will also be part of the panel discussion with their academic perspectives on diversity in the media. Students and community members are encouraged to attend this spring's event, which will feature a round table discussion and a question and answer session. Following the talk, a reception will be held in celebration of the first successful year of UHD's iRadio.

UHD iRadio Expands into 2nd Year

Students on campus may still wonder what UHD iRadio is and how they can listen. And Communication Studies students in particular may have an interest in developing a broadcasting skill set that directly translates into the media production industry. As the student-driven radio station enters its second year of internet broadcasting, the station encourages students to listen and get engaged. UHD iRadio is operated by Communication Studies students and serves to inform, entertain, and enlighten listeners on and off campus through a wide range of programming. Students hone both their creativity and broadcasting skills by developing shows built around news, music, sports, interviews, and a range of other topics. Tune into iRadio Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 3pm at www.uhd.edu/iradio and follow "uhdiradio" on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For students interested in applying for UHD iRadio internships and paid student opportunities or being interviewed on-air, please reach out to Dr. Lucas Logan at loganp@uhd.edu.

The Annual Spring Arts & Communication Festival Brings Energy to Campus April 10-12, 2019

Join the Arts & Communication department for two jam-packed days of fun and festivities featuring a host of A&C workshops and events such as the A&C Internship Fair, a reprise of the O'Kane Theatre's "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind," a lecture and reception with the author/artist of "Signs of Resistance" Bonnie Siegler, SGA's Chalk Day on the South Deck, Graduate Studies Fair, Open Mic, and so much more. Visit the Arts & Communication department's website for the full schedule.

Alumni Spotlight: UHD Communication Studies 2018 Student Winner Accepts Job at TCH

Cayla Caples, a faculty-selected winner of UHD Communication Studies' annual student of the year award in 2018, recently accepted a position at top-ranked Texas Children's Hospital in the Communications Department. "After graduating, I searched for something that would hold the things I learned at UHD to an absolute high," said Caples, who looks forward to working at such a community-oriented organization. After graduating in May 2018, the self-proclaimed "city-hopper" continued working at HEB while starting her job search. She wrapped up her last trip before starting work with a swing through Atlanta, and will start the new role in early 2019. Congratulations to Cayla!

Lambda Pi Eta Welcomes 23 New Members in Fall Induction

On November 30, 2018, the Pi Mu Chapter of communication honor society Lambda Pi Eta at UHD inducted 23 new Communication Studies majors and minors during an hour-long ceremony in UHD's Robertson Auditorium. Students who maintain high grade point averages and focus their studies on communication are offered this opportunity every fall. Previous years have seen this campus organization double the number of students joining each year. Dr. Elizabeth Hatfield comments, "Lambda Pi Eta is a win-win for our students - they are rewarded for their hard work and they have a strong line on their resume that quickly communicates the kind of students and workers they are to future employers." At the conclusion of the hour-long ceremony, families and friends celebrated with UHD students and enjoyed taking a moment to document the accomplishment with a selfie or two.

Three New Scholars Join UHD Communication Studies Faculty

In the fall of 2018, UHD Communication Studies welcomed new faculty members Drs. Ivan Gan, Natalia Matveeva, and Kara Winkler. Dr. Gan brings a wide range of experience, including a Ph.D. in organizational communication from Texas A&M University and J.D. from The Australian National University. Dr. Matveeva, a long time member in the UHD English Department, will also support the corporate communication track with an emphasis on professional and business communication. Finally, Dr. Winkler's focus area on interpersonal communication will allow her to teach courses such as Interpersonal Communication and Women, Men, and Communication.

UHD Comm Studies Offers Streamlined Majors to Accelerate Graduation

UHD Communication Studies recently realigned degree options to offer students streamlined focus areas and more flexibility. During the 2017-2018 school year, faculty worked to update and improve the major degree plans, allowing the program to keep current with trends in the discipline and offer students more options for study. The new major tracks include the popular corporate communication track, health and relational communication, and public and media studies, along with general studies. The updated degree plans require fewer specific courses per major, giving students the freedom to build a degree plan that meets their future career goals and interests. As a growing major at UHD, Communication Studies strives to provide students with skills and educational opportunities at the forefront of the discipline.

Speech and Debate Team Recruiting New Members in Spring 2019

Have you ever wanted to become a better public speaker? Do you like to debate? Have you ever heard an argument and thought you could say it better? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the UHD‘s speech and debate team wants to hear from you. For more information on joining the UHD speech and debate team, please contact Professor Michael Wilson at: wilsonmi@uhd.edu.

Communication Studies Scholarship Fund Launched in 2018

A new Communication Studies endowment, launched in the fall of 2018 primarily through faculty donations, offers the first opportunity of its kind for future UHD Communication Studies majors. The Communication Studies scholarship fund will reward students in the major who have proven to be active and engaged in the local community, making a positive impact on the lives of people in the Houston area. Fundraising for the new scholarship continues with a goal of $10,000 by 2022, at which time scholarships can begin being awarded. If you would like to contribute, please visit Give to UHD. If donating online, select Other in the Gift Information menu and indicate Communication Studies Fund in the gift instructions box.

Recent Publications from Communication Studies Faculty

Agboka G. & Matveeva N. (Eds.). (2018). Citizenship and advocacy in technical communication: Scholarly and pedagogical perspectives. Eds. New York, NY: Routledge.

Archiopoli, A.M. (2018). The narrative journey and decision-making process of plastic surgery patienthood in P. Kellett (Ed) Engaging Diverse Voices on Health, Communication, and the Patient Experience. Minneapolis, MN: Rowman & Littlefield. ​

Gan, I. (2018). Alternative work arrangements: Reshaping the future of nurses’ workplace communication and relationships. Nursing Forum. doi:10.1111/nuf.12321​

Hatfield, E. (2018). eTools: Using Webs.com in the Classroom. National Communication Association. www.natcom.com.

Murray, C. (2018). Leadership Through the Lens: Interrogating Production, Presentation, and Power. Lexington Books: Maryland.

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