News & Events 2013

25 students graduate this semester with bachelor’s, master’s in Communication

December 2013—Congratulations to this semester’s graduates in Communication.
Electronic Media: Griffin Jacob Anderson, Paul A. Barney, Joshua R. Engelmann, Jason I. Hunter, Erin Rochelle Nordberg, Zachary Brock Russell
Interpersonal & Family Communication: Jerron Evans, Marceen Shaughnessy
Journalism: Jordan Clifford Bailey, Shayli Lones Longs
Public Relations & Advertising: Paige Amanda Alsup, Mandie L. Barnes, Sydnie Ashlyn Foust, Allen Wade Frost, Braxton John Green, Sarah A. Gribble, Jeremy Krause, Aimee F. Mckinlay, Amber Lynn Price, Ivan J. Reeder, Sasha Lynn Seegmiller, Janet Tarango, Jason Sebastian Taylor, Worthy R. Vieth 
Master of Professional Communication: Bradley A. Holden

PR and Advertising graduate selected to speak at Commencement

December 2013—Amber Price, a graduate in Public Relations & Advertising, has been selected to be the student speaker at Commencement. She will address graduates on Friday, De. 13, at the graduation exercises to be held in the Dee Events Center.  

PR and Advertising major in Philippines to help in typhoon cleanup

December 2013—Chase Saxton, 23, of Roy, a major in Public Relations and Advertising, left this week as a member of a group of 18 people to help those in need following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. During their stay until Dec. 9, they will rebuild a school. Saxton told the Standard-Examiner that Filipinos took him in and helped him when he was struggling in a different country. Saxton is a returned missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Standard-Examiner story can be accessed at

Junior varsity team takes second at tournament at California State University-Fullerton

December 2013—At a tournament in November at California State University-Fullerton, Weber State Debate had a team take second in the junior varsity division, losing a close final round to Fresno State University on a 2-1 decision. Team members Chris Hall and Kaden Hensley also took first and second speaker in the JV competition. In the varsity division, the team of Anne Olsen and Mark Veeder made it into the varsity quarterfinals. Olsen was also selected eighth speaker in the varsity division. At last weekend’s first annual Mukai College Invitational here at home, Olsen and Veeder were in semi-finals, and Ben Soper and Catherine Shackelford were in quarterfinals. Irvin Alvarado was also in the in quarterfinals with Jordan Hendricks in octo-finals. Hannah Shoell and Katie Butterfield were in the octo-finals. Schoell took fifth speaker and Butterfield took eighth speaker.

Radio station hosts annual Hope for the Holidays Food Drive

December 2013—88.1 Weber FM collected non-perishable food donations for the Ogden Rescue Mission while standing outside the Fresh Market located at 5691 S. Harrison Blvd. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Hope for the Holidays is an annual event hosted by KWCR to help families in the Ogden community to enjoy a warm traditional Thanksgiving dinner. This year they collected $400 in food and about $500 in cash donations.

Sanders presents research at Intercollegiate Broadcasting System conference

December 2013—Dr. Ty Sanders presented research at the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Coast-to-Coast Conference in Boston in November. IBS is a national organization made up of about 800 schools with campus radio stations. Sanders’ research is on changes in commercial radio news. He also participated in a workshop for college radio stations called "Your Station's News Image." The conference was held at Simmons College in Boston, and about 600 students and faculty from about 300 schools attended.

Steimel awarded top paper honors in organizational communication 

December 2013—Dr. Sarah Steimel’s paper titled “Communicating Empowerment(s) With and To Clients in Mediating Organizations” was named the top paper in organizational communication at last month’s annual meeting of the National Communication Association in Washington, D.C.

Warnock presents at Weber State’s adjunct conference

December 2013—Brent Warnock, adjunct professor of Communication, presented a session on innovative teaching ideas at the annual conference held for adjunct instructors at the Davis campus.

Kim accepts post with James Madison University

December 2013—Dr. Yeonsoo Kim has announced that she will resign June 30 to accept a position teaching and researching public relations at James Madison University in Virginia. Dr. Kim was instrumental in starting Ogden Peak Communications, WSU’s new student-run PR and advertising group and jump-starting the campus chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America. Dr. Kim published several important public relations research articles while at WSU.

Hafen to present moderate panel on internatural communication

December 2013—Dr. Susan Hafen has been selected to help moderate a panel at the Eastern Communication Association’s conference on April 24-27. The title of the panel is “Internatural Communication: Dissenting from Anthropocentric Cultures.” The open forum will address the emerging discourse of internatural communication, which challenges Mead’s orthodoxy that only humans, in their use of symbolic language, can truly communicate.

MPC student hired by Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College

November 2013 – Colby Kendell, a student in the Master of Professional Communication program, has been hired in the business department at the Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College. He will help launch a new sales and marketing program, write curriculum materials and work as an instructor to help students through their courses. Kendell said, “The MPC not only gave me some knowledge to help in this position but it has given me a great deal of confidence.”

December graduate named marketing manager at Mountain Sports

November 2013 – Sydnie Foust, who will graduate this December in Public Relations and Advertising, has been named the marketing and content manager at Mountain Sports International. She said, “My education at WSU has led me to my dream job. I have learned how to be persistent, timely and organized. I have learned how to write efficiently, work in groups/teams, and to step outside of my comfort zone. “

Weber State Debate has winning weekend in Vegas

November 2013 – Ten Weber State Debate teams had a strong competition at the Las Vegas Classic in October. In varsity, the teams of Khalid Sharif and Misty Tippets, and Irvin Alvarado and Jordan Hendrix represented the Wildcats in the double octafinals, where both finished out their tournament in close debates against the University of Wyoming and Trinity University. Jared Moss was the eight speaker in the junior varsity division. The next stop for the Wildcats is California State University-Northridge on Nov. 8-10.

New PR and Advertising professor defends dissertation at University of Georgia

November 2013 – Nicola Corbin, a new faculty member in Public Relations and Advertising, defended her dissertation at the University of Georgia. The title of her dissertation is "The Publicness of the Private: Articulations of Colorism in Popular Media, 1982-2012."

Hafen’s chapter award-winning book on environmental communication

November 2013 – The book that Dr. Susan Hafen’s chapter on human-animal communication appeared in has received the Environmental Communication Book Award from the National Communication Association. The anthology is titled Perspectives on human-animal communication: An internatural communication” edited by Emily Plec. Hafen’s chapter is titled "Listening with the third eye: A phenomenological ethnography of animal communicators.”

Harvey interviewed on Al Jazeera America about Bob Dylan as literature

November 2013 – Dr. Eric Harvey, a new faculty member in digital media, appeared as a guest on an Al Jazeera America segment about the Nobel Prize for Literature, Bob Dylan and music on Oct. 10. To watch the segment, visit

Josephson, MPC graduate to present social media research

November 2013 – Dr. Sheree Josephson, along with MPC graduate Jessica Miller, will present research titled “Attracting attention in social media: Using eye tracking to examine the effectiveness of news posts in Facebook and Twitter” at the National Communication Association’s 99th Annual Convention on Nov. 22 in Washington, D.C. Their paper will be presented on the paper session “Technology and Communication.”

Students selected to head Ogden Peak Communications

October 2013 – Eight students have been selected as the executive board for Ogden Peak Communications, the new PR student-run group. Sarah Gribble will serve as president while Amber Price will be the vice president. Account executives include Tara Smith, Paige Alsup and Sydnie Foust. Staff assistants are Mandie Barnes, Kirsten Stuart and Worthy Vieth.

Ogden mayor wins WSU President’s Award

October 2013 – Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communication/Public Relations, is the recipient of the WSU President’s Award. He was honored last weekend during festivities to mark Homecoming.

Former Signpost editor to head hospital foundation

October 2013 – South Davis Community Hospital named Lisa Roskelley as the new executive director of its foundation. Roskelley, a former editor in chief of The Signpost who graduated with a Communication degree in journalism, will oversee the growing foundation. The foundation supports services provided to children, families and adults following life-altering accidents and medical conditions. Roskelley is also the former communications director for former Gov. Jon Huntsman and helped run his presidential campaign. She worked at the Standard-Examiner as a reporter and as the communications director at ATK.

MPC graduate named director of communications for Ogden School District

October 2013 – Zachary Williams, a 2013 graduate of the Master of Professional Communication program, has been named director of communications for the Ogden School District. Williams also earned his bachelor’s degree in Communication at WSU with an emphasis in Electronic Media. Williams ran his own photography business during the years after he earned his bachelor’s.

New scholarship set up for students who tell stories in media

October 2013 – A new scholarship has been set up for students who embrace news reporting, marketing and storytelling through various media platforms. The $1,000 scholarship was donated by Shane Farver, former adviser to The Signpost, who recently became the communications director for WSU’s new president. Details about eligibility will be posted in the department offices and will be listed on the department’s website. To be eligible, students should apply by the university’s scholarship deadline.

New digital media professor earns doctorate at Indiana University

October 2013 – Eric Harvey, a newly hired assistant professor in digital media, has successfully completed his dissertation at Indiana University. Dr. Harvey’s dissertation “Digital dilemmas and promotional possibilities: Circulating music in the late age of the MP3.”

Edwards conducts workshop at World Burn Congress in Rhode Island

October 2013 – Dr. Kathy Edwards attended the World Burn Congress in Rhode Island from Oct. 9-12. She conducted a daylong training workshop on interpersonal communication skills for hospital volunteers. She also was on a panel about "Hidden Burns." During the conference, she wrote blog posts for The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors.

Corbin speaks at WSU Customer Service Conference

October 2013 – Nicola Corbin, a newly hired assistant professor in public relations and advertising, spoke on how to enhance customer service by improving interpersonal communication at the Faculty and Staff Customer Service Conference on Oct. 8.

WSU student named Utah PR Student of the Year

October 2013 – WSU student Amber Price was named the 2013 Utah Public Relations Student of the Year in the 2013 competition sponsored by the Utah Public Relations Society Association. Price, a PR and Advertising student, is the current vice president of WSU’s PRSSA chapter. It was a fierce competition with WSU’s previous PRSSA president Ryker Morgan who was named the runner-up in the statewide competition. They both created a campaign for the Living Planet Aquarium and competed against other finalists in several areas including media relations, real-time crisis management plans, and campaign book proposal. Other finalists for the competition were from Brigham Young University, University of Utah and Utah State. This is the second year in a row a WSU student won this honor.

WSU Debate hosts National Debate Coaches Association Championship

October 2013 – Weber State Debate was selected over the University of Miami to host the 8th annual National Debate Coaches Association Championship on April 12-14. About 500 debaters and coaches from elite high schools from coast to coast will be in town and on campus. The event is expected to also have an economic impact of about $500,000. Last year WSU Debate hosted the 67th annual National Debate Tournament. In other debate news, after 13 months of negotiating, the Sun Country Forensics Institute will move to Weber State. For the past 18 years, it was hosted at Dixie State College. The camp, which attracts 200 to 300 students will raise funds that will be earmarked to fund WSU Debate’s scholarship outreach to future Urban Debate League recruits.

Comm students win national awards in business competition

September 2013 – Communication majors Danielle Rich and Harrison Spendlove were members of the team of five Weber State University students that placed second in the nation in the category of Parliamentary Procedures at this summer’s Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) leadership conference. More than 1,700 students competed in a variety of categories at the annual event held this year in Anaheim, Calif., in June. In addition to the team’s second-place finish, Rich also took third place in the Hospitality Management competition. FBLA-PBL is the largest and oldest student business organization in the country. It is designed to sharpen students’ core business skills, expand their networks and participate in more than 55 business-related competitive events.

Students improve sign for Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind

September 2013 – Students in a summer section of Comm. 2110 Interpersonal and Small Group Communication volunteered work to improve the signage for the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind in Ogden. Tyler Ellertson, Michael Scott Gleed, Michael Jackson, Joshua Russell and Arturo Jimenez welded a steel sign that will symbolize the work they did together for years to come. Every semester, hundreds of students in this general education class have the opportunity to work in groups to design and execute a service learning plan. These groups spend hundreds of hours making a difference in the community. Although the impact of these projects cannot always be readily seen, this project can. The students were enrolled in a section taught by Clair Canfield.

Graduate accepted into Regent University law school

September 2013 – Brittany Jackson, a Communication graduate, is attending Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach this fall. She was accepted into law schools at Indiana University and Elon University but chose Regent to be close to family. She said her interest in law school was sparked by her Communication Law class.

Communication minor pursuing Communication grad degree

September 2013 – Meghan Campbell, who minored in Communication, has been accepted in the master’s Communication program at Southern Utah University. She participated with WSU Debate.

Graduate named producer for Good Day Austin

September 2013 – Lauren Gardner, a 2013 Public Relations and Advertising graduate, has accepted a position at KTBC Fox 7 in Austin, Texas, as a producer for Good Day Austin. While pursuing her degree, she interned at Fox 13 News in Salt Lake City. She was hired on as a full-time producer at Fox in the fall of 2011 and had the opportunity to produce several different newscasts at the station, including Fox 13 Live at Five Weekend Edition and Fox 13's Good Day Utah.

Student presents research at Sunstone

September 2013 – Amber Price, a Public Relations and Advertising senior, presented a research study titled “The Consequences of Studying Unorthodox LDS History” at the Sunstone Symposium this summer.

Three new faculty hired by the Department of Communication

September 2013 – The Department of Communication has hired three new faculty members to teach in the Digital Media, Public Relations and Advertising, and Multimedia Journalism areas. The new faculty members are Dr. Eric Harvey, Nicola Corbin and Kim Smith. Harvey, who just completed his Ph.D. from Indiana University, will teach In-studio Video Production and Performance, and Mass Media and Society this fall. He has taught courses in communication and media studies since 2006, including Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Music and Media, Advertising and Consumer Culture, Video Production and Criticism, and various pop music history courses. His current research focuses on the impacts of digital technologies on the music commodity. He has published in the peer-reviewed journal Convergence and the edited collection Managing Media Work. From 1999 to 2002, Harvey worked as a videographer and editor for several documentaries and weekly programs aired on the Discovery Networks and PBS affiliates. Since 2007, Eric has published writing on music, technology and culture for publications including Rolling Stone, The Village Voice,, Pitchfork, Spin, The New Inquiry, Buzzfeed, and The Onion AV Club. Corbin, who is completing her Ph.D. at the University of Georgia, will teach Public Relations Writing, Communication Design, and Advertising. Her research interests encompass alternative approaches to public relations and visual communication, and issues of representation, particularly as it relates to race and gender in mass media. In a former life, Corbin was a news desk and features copy editor who was also responsible for youth outreach at the Herald News in West Paterson, N.J. During her time there, she received design awards from the New Jersey Press Association and the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Corbin was also a member of the senior staff and assistant to the director, responsible for marketing and communications within the Department of Transportation Services at the University of Maryland, College Park. She has also taught Media Writing, Oral Communication and freshman orientation courses at Seton Hall University and the University of Maryland. Smith, who has a master’s of arts degree from Northern Arizona University, has served as an instructor in the Department of Communication at Weber State University since 2006. She teaches a variety of courses, including News Reporting and Writing, Media Writing, Copy Writing for Audio and Video, and Mass Media and Society. Her professional experience includes 10 years in broadcast journalism, 10 years in private school marketing and five years in resort marketing and sales. Her responsibilities have ranged from reporter, anchor and managing editor to international student recruitment. Prior to teaching at WSU, Smith was a full-time instructor at Northern Arizona University. She is actively involved in local community organizations, including the Davis County Board of Governors and the Ogden Valley Business Association. She is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Farver named new WSU president’s communications director

September 2013 – Shane Farver, instructor of Multimedia Journalism and adviser to The Signpost, was selected as the director of communications for the new Weber State University president, Chuck Wight. Farver began his job on Aug. 5. Upon his departure, Farver donated a $1,000 yearly scholarship for Multimedia Journalism majors. Dr. Ty Sanders will advise The Signpost this year until a faculty search can be conducted to hire a full-time replacement. Farver was a faculty member in the Department of Communication for three years.

Grant received to digitize The Signpost

September 2013 – A $24,327 grant has been awarded to Weber State University to digitize The Signpost, the university’s student newspaper. The project will begin immediately. A link to the grant’s website is

Improvements made to Communication curriculum, advising sheets

September 2013 – A number of curriculum changes go into effect this semester in the Department of Communication for students who declare the latest catalog year. Among the biggest changes are that the Digital Media emphasis replaces Electronic Media and Multimedia Journalism replaces Journalism. Also, the Comm. 2350 Communication Graphic Design becomes Comm. 3350 Communication Design and Comm. 2890 affectionately referred to as “The Signpost class” was dropped from the curriculum. Students will also notice a more streamlined and simplified approach to their academic plan and much-improved advising sheets that use the department’s new logo. These changes are reflected in the WSU online catalog and the department’s website at Students who want to graduate under a previous catalog year may still do so.

Steimel publishes two journal articles

September 2013 – Dr. Sarah Steimel published two articles this summer. Her article titled “Community Partners' Assessment of Service Learning in an Interpersonal and Small Group Communication Course” was published in Communication Teacher. She was the second author on an article titled “Cooperative Struggle: Re-framing Intercultural Conflict in the Management of Sino-American Joint Ventures” that was published in the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication. Steimel’s paper "Communicating Empowerment(s) With and To Clients in Mediating Organizations" has been accepted to the National Communication Association’s "Top 4 Papers in Organizational Communication." The NCA conference will be in November.

Packer publishes article in teacher education journal

September 2013 – Dr. Colleen Packer published an article titled “Educating Faculty for Gross Personal Happiness as Writers: An Analysis of Attitudes from a Faculty Writing Initiative” in the Journal of the International Society for Teacher Education.

Kim presents paper in PR division of AEJMC conference

September 2013 – Dr. Yeonsoo Kim presented a paper titled “Strategic Choice of CSR Initiatives: Impact of Reputation and CSR Fit on Stakeholder” in the Relations Division of the 2013 conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The conference was held in Washington, D.C., in August. The Public Relations Division accepted only 58 of 114 qualified manuscripts.

Hafen’s book chapter nominated for NCA’s Ethnography Division Award

September 2013 – Dr. Susan Hafen’s chapter titled “Listening With the Third Eye: A Phenomenological Ethnography of Animal Communicators” has been nominated for the National Communication Association’s Ethnography Division award. The chapter is published in the 2012 edited volume on Human-Animal Communication’s in Routledge’s series in rhetoric and communication.

Josephson presents paper with MPC graduate

September 2013 – Dr. Sheree Josephson and Jessica Miller presented “The Reporter’s Choice: What Kind of Headline Phrasing to Use to Attract Attention on Facebook and Twitter” at VisCom in Steamboat Springs, Colo., in June. The eye-tracking study was conducted as part of Miller’s master’s thesis.

Josephson article No. 4 all-time content on television blog

September 2013 – A blog post about Dr. Sheree Josephson’s eye-tracking study that monitored the attention of viewers while watching television in conjunction with a second-screen app on a mobile screen is reportedly the fourth all-time piece of content posted on the television blog The study was conducted with Dr. Michael Holmes and Ryan Carney of the Center for Media Design at Ball State University. Because of the interest in their research, the site has posted another article about Josephson’s research. The latest article is about a study on the battle for attention on cluttered television screens. This study investigates whether the proliferation of on-screen graphic enhancement helps or hinders a viewer’s ability to understand new information. The blog can be accessed at

PR/Advertising students take top honors in state competition

May 2013—Two Communication majors in the Public Relations & Advertising concentration took top honors in the statewide competition of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda in St. George. Danielle Rich competed in three events, winning first with both her hospitality management and parliamentary procedures teams.  Her business presentation team took third. Harrison Spendlove was also on two teams that won first place: parliamentary procedures and business presentation. These first-place achievements qualify Rich and Spendlove the opportunity to represent Utah at the national competition this summer in Anaheim, Calif. Rich graduated in Spring 2013. Spendlove was also approved to run for the national president of the organization.

Signpost wins best website in Society of Professional Journalists contest

May 2013—The Signpost won first place for Best Affiliated Website for a (Large) Four-Year University in the annual Mark of Excellence Awards for the Society of Professional Journalists in Region 9. Region 9 includes schools in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Kory Wood’s column titled Abstract Academic won second place for Best Humor or Lifestyle Column in that same competition. The Signpost’s website, which can be found at, will now compete in the national contest. In the Utah Press Association contest, The Signpost won first place for Best Staff-Produced Ad by Aaron Fisher. It won second place for Best Use of Ad Color (Jake McIntosh) and third place for Best Use of Ad Color (Aaron Fisher) and third place for Best Special Section for the Fall Orientation issue.  

Professor, Studio 76, two graduates named finalists for Crystal Crest Awards

May 2013—Instructor Drew Tyler and Studio 76, the student organization he advises were both finalists this year in the annual Crystal Crest awards. Tyler was a finalist in the Master Teacher category while Studio 76 was a finalist in Registered Organization of the Year. Journalism graduate Corie Holmes was a finalist for Talent of the Year while PR and advertising graduate Krystal Garner was a finalist for Personality of the Year.

Two students finalists for Utah PR Student of the Year

May 2013—Two students in the Public Relations & Advertising concentration are among the five finalists in the Utah Public Relations Student of the Year. Amber Price and Morgan Ryker represented Weber State in the competition and are awaiting their results. They competed against two finalists from Brigham Young University and one from Utah State University. Last year WSU student Amy Fiscus won the competition.

Studio 76’s YouTube channel passes one-year mark, doubles views

May 2013—Studio 76 is successfully continuing its rebranding process into a video-audio producer of content for the Web. Its YouTube channel marked its one-year anniversary in April. It has recorded 123,000 views and 140. The number of views is double Weber State News’ record. In Fall 2012 Studio 76 produced nine shows: some weekly, some biweekly, one daily. In Spring 2013 it produced two weekly shows and created lots of entertainment content for X96 and a 20-minute documentary for WSUSA. Faculty adviser Drew Tyler credits Paul Castleberry, the executive producer, with the success of the studio. Studio 76 was a finalist for Crystal Crest’s Organization of the Year and Castleberry was the winner of Outstanding Academic Achievement in the Department of Communication. Tyler was also one of five finalists for Crystal Crest’s Master Teacher award.

Former debater quoted in KSL Television story

April 2013—Mike Shackelford, a WSU debater from the class of 2005, was interviewed for a KSL Television story on how technology has changed college debate. The story can be found at Shackelford was interviewed during a story about Weber State’s hosting of the National Debate Tournament, which brought 500 college debaters and coaches from around the nation to Ogden the end of March and April. Shackelford qualified for four National Debate Tournaments in four years.

Advertising student takes fourth in national campaign contest

April 2013—Adrien Covington, a BIS student with an emphasis in Communication, took fourth-place in the national DECA competition in the adverting campaign category. Covington did a campaign for his brother’s campaign for high school student body president. This semester Covington did a campaign for The Sweet Tooth Fairy stores in Sheree Josephson’s advertising class. DECA is an international association of college students and teachers of marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality, and marketing sales and service. The organization prepares leaders and entrepreneurs for careers and education in marketing, finance, hospitality, management, and other business areas.

WSU to host National Debate Coaches Association’s national championship

April 2013—Weber State Debate was notified in April that it has been selected to host the National Debate Coaches Association national championship on April 11-13, 2014. WSU beat out the University of Miami in Coral Gables in the final round of consideration. WSU just finished hosting a successful 2013 National Debate Tournament. The NDCA is the second-most recognized national championship for high school debate in the nation. The best high school debaters, representing some of the finest public and private high schools in the United States, will be in attendance. About 500 students and coaches are expected to attend. It is expected to inject about $1 million into the local economy.

Josephson receives Hemingway award to fund eye-tracking laboratory

April 2013—Dr. Sheree Josephson, chair of the Department of Communication, received a Hemingway Faculty Vitality award to help establish an eye-tracking laboratory at Weber State University. The $5,000 award will be matched with $5,000 in capital funding to purchase the needed equipment. Eye tracking is one of the most effective and accurate ways of accessing how visual information is processed because the eyes don’t lie. Josephson has been using this methodology for about 25 years to study information design on the Web and in television news. She has also used it to study cross-racial eyewitness identification and the use of serial versus simultaneous presentation of the eyewitness photographs.

Steimel receives grant to travel to conference

April 2013—Dr. Sarah Steimel, assistant professor of Communication, received funding from Research, Scholarship and Professional Growth committee (RS&PG) to attend the Western Speech Communication Association’s annual meeting April 4-6. She presented a top paper in the Communication Education division titled "Community partners’ assessment of service learning in an interpersonal and small group communication course." She was also the program planner/chair of the Organizational and Professional Communication Division for 2012-2013. She planned the 2013 conference and attended the business meetings there.

44 students graduate with a bachelor’s in Communication

April 2013—Congratulations to this year’s baccalaureate graduates in Communication.

Civic Advocacy: Amy L. Gerrard, Nikki Van Overbeck, Laura J. Stevenson, Shawn Evan Storbo, Davis Sturgeon

Electronic Media: Julia Bachison, Morgan Briesmaster, Paul Castleberry, Jeremy C. Compton, John Jordan Coyle, Krystal Garner, Travis Grimes, Alyson Hills-Martin, Stacie Marie Hinojosa, Brandon W. Lamb, Nicholas Nava, Derek M. Schouten, Kimberly J. Ulibarri, Kaydee Volpi, Kiersten Voorhees

Interpersonal & Family Communication: Nick Bellamy, Kara Lynne Burton, Chelsea Folkerts, Daniel Jackson, Lacey N. Johnson, Glen Colt Mortenson, Samantha Ramsey, Bryce C. Schow

Journalism: Jerrica Archibald, Corie Sue Holmes, Eric D. Jensen

Organizational Communication: Spencer Gene Arave, Hanna S. Baskerville, Danielle Edwards, Nathan Garner, Curtis A. Mickelson, Seth Taylor, Kate Lynn Terry

Public Relations & Advertising: Nathan S. Alexander, Michael C. Diamond, Deserae Dorton, Amy L. Fiscus, Chase E. Freebairn, Emily Mary Freshman, Lauren Gardner, Kellie Erin Glass, Braxton John Green, Summer Green, Derek Harrebomee, Connor Neal Harrison, Jeremy Krause, Stacy J. Mccaig, Reid Anthony Mayer, Ryker Morgan, David G. Pehrson, Jennifer Peterson, Kelsy Marie Peterson, Joshua L. Poli, Coultin T. Porter, Danielle Aileen Rich, Melinda A. Saunders, Sasha Seegmiller, Janet Tango, Nick Thurgood

21 students graduate in first Master of Professional Communication class

April 2013—Congratulations to the first graduating class of the new Master of Professional Communication.

Shelisa A. Allen-York, Karen Leslie Bateman, Lori K. Bodily, Michael L. Brice, Cory J. Cunningham, Derrick M. Dean, Tamara Kay Eppens, Paul R. Grua, Emily Gunderson, Jeffrey P. Haney, Brooke A. Harris, Donna C. Hernandez, Wright Francis Hopkin, Carrie A. McCloud, Jessica Marie Miller, Christy Lee Nielsen, Monica L. Schwenk, Jennica Song Semon, Tyler Jordan Smith, Zachary A. Williams

Graduate hired to communication team at Utah governor’s office

April 2013—Katriina Adair, a Communication/English graduate, has been hired as correspondence assistant on the Communication team at the Governor's Office. In this role, she will write various types of letters, declarations, and other documents on behalf of the governor. She will also assist the public information officer with editing news releases and other material for publication.

Hafen to attend LGBTQII conference in San Francisco

April 2013—Dr. Susan Hafen will attend the “Expanding the Circle” on June 24-27 in San Francisco. The conference is for educators and administrators to evaluate dynamics in curriculum development, administrative practice and student services in a way that can have long term and meaningful impact on our institutions." The keynote speaker is Kate Kendall, a Weber State alum who was on the WSU Debate Team. Hafen hopes to use the information to develop an Honors course about LGBT identities through popular culture.

Communication adjunct publishes article with WSU English professor

April 2013—Stephanie Heath, an adjunct in Communication has co-authored an article titled “’This Chaos Will Surely Work’: Scripting and Staging Tristram Shandy, Gentleman,” in the Literary Journal, The Shandean, volume 23, fall 2012. Heath and Victoria A. Ramirez, professor of English, have been invited to present their article’s salient points at the Tercentenary Conference for Laurence Sterne 1713-2013, in London July 8-11.

Professor, MPC student to present panel at WSU

April 2013—Dr. Kathryn Edwards and MPC student Danielle McKean will present a panel titled "Leveraging your Virtual Influence: Social Media 101" at the Utah Women in Higher Education Network conference on April 5 at Weber State University.

Communication graduate publishes children’s book

March 2013—Jerome Jones has published a children's book titled “The Mystery of the Lost Recipe.” It is available as a hardback book or in the Apple or Kindle stores. He said it makes a “great gift to a teacher, parent and student.”

Steimel elected to three-year term on Faculty Senate

March 2013—Dr. Sarah Steimel, assistant professor of Communication, has been elected to a three-year term on Faculty Senate.

Steimel publishes volunteer research in Communication Research Reports

March 2013—Dr. Sarah Steimel, assistant professor of Communication, has published “Connecting with volunteers: Memorable messages and volunteer identification” in Communication Research Reports in January 2013. It is on pages 12-21.

PR professor’s work recognized with top paper award at ICA

March 2013—Yeonsoo Kim has received the best paper award from the International Communication Association. Her paper is titled “Strategic Communication of Social Responsibility (CSR): Effects of Stated Motives and Corporate Reputation on Stakeholder Responses.”

Professors present at military intelligence conference

March 2013—Sheree Josephson, Clair Canfield and Brent Warnock presented on March 2 at the 24th annual language conference hosted by the 300th Military Intelligence Brigade, linguist division. Josephson presented “Communicating on Screens: What Eye-tracking research Shows Us About How Viewers Process Visual Information.” Canfield presented on “Conflict as Possibility: Using Collaboration as an Integrative Approach to Conflict. Warnock, an adjunct instructor, presented “Communication is the Game of the Gods.”

Hafen’s article on human-animal communicators is in print

March 2013—Dr. Susan Hafen’s article titled “Listening with the third eye: A phenomenological ethnography of animal communicators” is now in print. It is contained in an edited volume of essays on Human-Animal Communication available now in hardback as part of Routledge's series in rhetoric and communications. The publisher anticipates the book will be available in paperback (for course adoption) by this time next year.

Debate team finishes No. 1 in district, No. 20 in nation

February 2013—The Weber State Debate team finished No. 1 in District II and No. 20 in the nation, according to the final National Debate Team overall rankings for Fall 2012. The new year is also off to a great start. At the January 2013 tournament at Indiana University, Catherine Shackelford and Hanna Shoell won the junior division. Shackelford was also named top speaker in the junior varsity. In the varsity division, Khalid Hussein Sharif and Dillon Olson made it to the octafinals. Olson was named fourth-best speaker in varsity. Also this month, WSU Debate hosted the 16th annual Val Browning Round Robin. Sixteen of the best intercollegiate debating teams in the nation squared off for a two-day day competition. Teams such as the University of Michigan and the University of Missouri-Kansas City were in attendance. Weber State's Dillon Olson was named seventh-best speaker in the highly competitive field of 32 talented speakers.

Two students have work accepted into national undergraduate research conference

February 2013—Communication students Paul Castleberry and Sasha Seegmiller will present their work at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR). Seegmiller’s research project is titled “A comparison of constituent instructions to politicians' voting records. This project was mentored by Dr. Susan Hafen. Using uses and gratification theory, Castleberry studied what kind of content would increase viewership on Studio 76’s YouTube channel. Castleberry is the general manager of the studio. His project was mentored by Drew Tyler and Dr. Susan Hafen. 

Two Communication majors state officers in Future Business Leaders of America

February 2013—Communication majors Harrison Spendlove and Danielle Rich are both state officers in Utah’s university/college chapter of Future Business Leaders of America. Spendlove is the college/university president, while Rich is the public relations officer. Both were busy when Weber State University hosted the high school competition.

Journalism graduate publishes vampire book

February 2013—Ryan Larsen, a recent journalism graduate, has published a young adult novel titled “Starved: The Tale of the Chubulecent Vampire.” The book is available in print from Amazon or for download on a reading device. The book cover asks: What happens when a chubby kid becomes a vampire? The book was edited by another communication graduate.

MPC student hired in Homeland Security position

Lori Bodily, a student in the Master of Professional Communication program, will be moving to Missouri to work in the Homeland Security’s Immigration Department. The job will involve program management, training and human resources. Bodily said the jobsite is an underground limestone, temperature-controlled cave where all the citizenship and immigration records are stored in a safe place if emergency hits. She said she got the job because of the MPC program.

Steimel publishes volunteer research in Communication Research Reports

February 2013—Dr. Sarah Steimel, assistant professor of Communication, has published “Connecting with volunteers: Memorable messages and volunteer identification” in Communication Research Reports in January 2013. It is on pages 12-21.

Hafen’s article on human-animal communicators is in print

February 2013—Dr. Susan Hafen’s article titled “Listening with the third eye: A phenomenological ethnography of animal communicators” is now in print. It is contained in an edited volume of essays on Human-Animal Communication available now in hardback as part of Routledge's series in rhetoric and communications. The publisher anticipates the book will be available in paperback (for course adoption) by this time next year.

PR professor has two papers accepted into conferences

February 2013—Dr. Yeonsoo Kim, a professor who teaches public relations, has had two papers accepted into conferences. Her paper “Women’s Health Issues: Premenstrual Syndrome and Sysphoric Disorder Issues.” The paper will be presented at the Association for Marketing and Health Care Research in February. Another paper, "Strategic Communication of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): Effects of Stated Motives and Corporate Reputation on Stakeholder Responses," has been selected for the International Communication Association’s 2013 conference “Challenging Communication Research.” Only 36 percent of the papers and panels submitted were accepted.

Steimel appointed as Engaged Learning Series coordinator

February 2013—Dr. Sarah Steimel, assistant professor, has been named the Engaged Learning Series coordinator in the Community Involvement Center. In this role, she will help develop the annual campus-wide theme and corresponding events, speakers and exhibits that provide relevant engaged learning opportunities for students in all academic colleges and all departments in Student Affairs. The theme will revolve around a public concern that the university will help to implement to improve the issue over time. Steimel will receive one course release for her service.

Communication professor authors book for Comm. 2110

February 2013—Dr. Becky Johns, in consultation with other professors who teach Interpersonal and Small Group Communication, has authored a textbook titled “Connecting: Interpersonal and Small Group Communication.” The purpose of the book was to tailor curriculum to that class and also to help students save on textbook costs. The book costs students about $30, compared to $120 for textbooks from college publishers.

Tyler attends CES with several recent Electronic Media graduates

January 2013—Digital media instructor Drew Tyler is covering the latest in tech gear and consumer electronics for Laptop Magazine ( this week at the Consumer Electronics Show. He is working with recent Communication graduate Kelly Cross. They expect to shoot 12-16 stories a day, quick turnaround pieces meant for immediate distribution on the laptopmag site and other TechMediaNetwork sites such as Their videos will support blog posts throughout the convention at Another recent graduate, Jace Nelson, will create content for another TechMediaNetwork company, TopTenReviews. Tyler attends CES as a producer to keep up on the latest production methods and work flows in order to better prepare students for the industry.


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