Cameron University communication students, faculty make strong showing at statewide convention

Students and faculty representing the Cameron University Department of Communication made a strong showing at the recent state convention of the Oklahoma Speech Theatre Communication Association, held in Claremore. Cameron’s delegation consisted of 20 students and faculty members.

CU student Tammy Anderson was honored with the Top Undergraduate Poster Award for her research project on the topic of "Tainted Meat Contaminated Cookie Dough: Jack in the Box vs. Nestle Toll House - In Defense of an E Coli Outbreak." 

Public relations students Ashley Del Ciello, Amanda Harris, and Ron Phillips received the Top Public Relations Team Award by placing first in OSTCA's Public Relations competition. Students received a briefing from representatives of Special Olympics Oklahoma, which included the organization’s mission and goals as well as what they were seeking in a public relations proposal. Three-member student teams utilized the information to build a public relations proposal during a two-hour span. Proposals were then presented to a  panel of public relations professionals including the client, Special Olympics Oklahoma. The competition, in its first year, was organized by Dr. Paul Crandon, CU assistant professor of public relations.

Crandon, who had previously served as chair of the Mass Communication Division, was named Vice-President Elect for the coming year. His colleague, Dr. Renuka Suryanarayan, assistant professor of journalism, was elected as chair of the Mass Communication Division. Dan Schabot, CU’s director of forensics, was elected chair of the Forensics Division for OSTCA. 

Other Cameron representatives included student Michael Faggett, who presented a paper titled "A Qualitative Study of Online Communication Courses" and students Ippi Elliott, Kevin Steverson, and Rashmi Thapaliya, who participated in the Public Relations competition.

Dr. Chris Keller, Dr. Justin Walton, and Steve Adams joined forces to present a panel presentation on the topic of " Digital Truth Mediated on a Swiftly Tilting Planet:  A Critical Perspective of Convergent Mass Media in Collegiate Newsrooms.” Walton also chaired the awards committee during the convention, and Tony Allison, chair of the CU Communication Department, chaired a panel on communication and education.



September 29, 2010