News & Events 2010

Master of Professional Communication began in summer 2011 

Potential master’s candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Sheree Josephson, who is the director of the graduate program. Her e-mail is

The due date for application materials is Feb. 1. Applicants for admission into the MPC must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or be in the final stage of completing the degree. They must also have completed the prerequisites of COMM 3000 (Communication Theory) and COMM 3150 (Communication Research Methods) or close equivalents before enrolling in any MPC course. In addition, applicants must have taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within the last five years.

Sline co-authors chapter in ‘Handbook for Working with Difficult Groups’

April 2010 – Dr. Richard W. Sline, associate professor of communication, and Anna C. Boulton, program manager of community development for the Utah Arts Council, had a chapter published in a refereed book, The Handbook for Working with Difficult Groups (S. Shuman, Ed., 2010). Their chapter, “Politics of the Arts: Challenges in Working with Nonprofit Boards,” is a “confessional tale” of lessons learned while facilitating an arts board in transition. The book is the third in a Jossey-Bass publisher’s series sponsored by the International Association of Facilitators.

Two student entries win National Broadcasting Society grand prizes

April 2010 – Two Weber State University student entries won National Broadcasting Society grand prizes in their respective categories.

KWCR, WSU’s student-run radio station, earned the 2010 NBS Grand Prize for Audio Public Service Announcements. Mike Addams and Rachel Jenkins, a junior and senior respectively from Ogden, produced the award-winning public service announcement “Future Method News.” 

Two communication majors win first place in SPJ regional competition

April 2010 – Two communication majors won first place in the Region 9 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards held in Denver April 9-10. Kyle Cockayne, a senior from Dripping Springs, Texas, won first place in Television Sports Photography for a video essay showcasing the XTERRA Games held in Ogden last September. Cimaron Neugebauer, a 2010 graduate, was honored for in-depth reporting for his newspaper articles on felons working in higher education. Cockayne’s and Neugebauer’s work will now advance to compete at the national SPJ awards. Region 9 of the SPJ includes the four-state region of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. Second- and third-place awards went to a number of other WSU students: Third Place Television General News Reporting, Justin Tafoya for Domestic Violence Battle of the Bands Second Place Television General News Reporting, Lindsay Poll for TEA Tax Demonstration Third Place Television, Michelle Montgomery Turkey Triathlon Second Place Television Sports Reporting, Tylor Sherman for Wildcat Basketball Champs Second Place Sports Writing, Matt Gerrish for Cats win big in black Third Place Editorial writing, Jessica Schreifels, Cimaron Neugebauer, Matt Cranford for Signpost Viewpoints

WSU Signpost receives General Excellence Award

March 2010 – The Weber State University newspaper, The Signpost, recently took top honors in the annual Better Newspaper Contest, hosted by the Utah Press Association at an annual conference held in St. George over the weekend of March 20, 2010. The Signpost is one of 10 community newspapers across the state competing in the Group II category. The staff of The Signpost received 14 awards, including five third-place awards, four second-place awards, four first-place awards, and the award of General Excellence, which is given in recognition of the newspaper that wins the most individual awards. Below is a list of the awards received by The Signpost at the UPA Conference for the time period of January 2009 – January 2010.
General Excellence Special Section – The Signpost staff, first place
Sports Photograph – Nathan Caulford, first place
Sports Page – The Signpost staff, first place
News or Features Series – Cimaron Neugebauer, first place
Photo Page – The Signpost staff, second place
Feature Photograph – Nathan Caulford, second place
Use of Ad Color – Hunter Saiz, second place
In-House Promotion – Hunter Saiz, second place
Front Page – The Signpost staff, third place
Feature Story – Erik Olsen, third place
Editorial – The Signpost staff, third place
Editor’s Column – Gina Barker, third place
In-House Produced Ad – Hunter Saiz, third place

Students present original research at national, state conferences

April 2010 – Three communication students presented their research at national and state conferences. Leah Garrett, a 2010 graduate presented her senior thesis focusing on mother-daughter relationships at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research in April. Heidi Rathbun-Mcveigh, a junior, presented her research on military spousal communication post-deployment at WSU Day at the Capitol on Feb. 11 at the Utah State Capitol. Rebecca Ruble presented an original project at the Utah Conference for Undergraduate Research.

Sline appointed to three-year term on Davis Arts Council Board of Directors

February 2010 – Dr. Richard W. Sline has been appointed to a three-year term (2010-2013) on the Davis Arts Council Board of Directors. Believing that culture and creativity are primary building blocks of civilization and are vital to human happiness and social progress, The Davis Arts Council, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization offers a wide variety of artistic and cultural opportunities for residents of Utah’s northern Wasatch Front (Davis and south Weber counties).

Bialowas co-author of piece published in Communication Quarterly

January 2010 – Anne Bialowas, assistant professor, co-authored an article with a University of Utah professor, which has been published in the prestigious journal Communication Quarterly. The citation of the article is Hasian, M., & Bialowas, A. (2009). Gendered nationalism, the colonial narrative and the rhetorical significance of the “The Mother India” controversy. Communication Quarterly, 57(4), 469-486.

Hafen quoted in The Wall Street Journal

January 2010 – Dr. Susan Hafen, professor of communication, was quoted Jan. 6, 2010, in The Wall Street Journal about gossip. Dr. Hafen has published several scholarly articles on this topic. To read the article visit this link:

Josephson to present paper at international eye-tracking conference

March 2010 – Dr. Sheree Josephson, professor of communication, will present a paper on eyewitness identification at the international eye-tracking conference known as ETRA in March in Austin, Texas. Her paper is titled “Have you seen any of these men? Looking at whether eyewitnesses use scanpaths to recognize suspects in photo lineups.” This study, conducted with Dr. Michael E. Holmes of the Center for Media Design Ball State University, was selected as one of the top 12 “short papers” and will be published in the international conference proceedings.

Two media students receive honors in their fields

December 2010 – Public relations-advertising student Brian Grow and journalism student Cimaron Neugebauer have received honors. Grow was selected as Weber State’s representative in the Utah Public Relations Society Student Association (PRSSA) competition. He had a strong finish, ending up in third place statewide. Neugebauer was selected as one of 50 college students nationwide to attend a two-day training session sponsored by the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE). Neugebauer’s application drew attention based on several investigative journalism projects he has published.

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