Ryan McCullough Presents at NCA

Journalism and Communication Studies Instructor, Ryan McCullough presented research at the National Communication Association’s (NCA) 97th Annual Convention. The conference was held in New Orleans, Louisiana from November 17-20. The NCA Annual Convention is the largest and most prestigious communication studies-related convention in the country. Mr. McCullough co-authored a paper with Daniel Mistich from the University of Georgia. Their paper, “Poststructural Prudence: Rethinking Phronesis Through Derrida,” was part of a panel entitled, “The Voice of Continental Philosophy in Rhetorical and Communication Theory.” The panel was sponsored by the Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division of NCA. Other members of the panel included Matthew Morris from the University of Texas at Austin, Michelle LaVigne from the University of San Fransisco, and Robert Green from Purdue University. Mr. McCullough and Mr. Mistich received very positive responses from the audience members. “I believe we received some very valuable comments, criticisms, and feedback,” stated Mr. McCullough. “Based on the response to the presentation, I certainly believe we can extend this paper into a published article.”...

Communication Department Annouces New Concentration

The College of Arts and Communication is pleased to announce that they have added Communication Studies as a new degree concentration. Communication Studies is being added in addition to the department’s current concentrations of Broadcast and Journalism. The Non-Comprehensive degree concentration will no longer be offered, although the students currently enrolled in this program may choose to graduate within this concentration or transfer into the Communication Studies program. Communication Studies is the perfect concentration for students with multiple interests and diverse talents because the discipline provides theory, tools, and techniques for analyzing, managing and improving communication in every arena of professional and personal interaction. All students seeking a degree in Communication will, at the end of their course of studies, earn a Bachelor of Science in Communication with a concentration in (either) Broadcast, Journalism, or Communication Studies. For more information, please click on “Programs” and from the drop-down menu, click on “Communication Studies”. Click here to be taken directly to the Communication Studies page! You can also email us for more information: William Baronak, Dean of the College of Arts and Communication [email protected] Brian Fencl, Department Chair [email protected] Brianne Bayer Mitchell, Communication Faculty [email protected] Ryan McCullough, Communication Faculty [email protected] All departmental contact information is listed under the “Contact”...

Comm Alumns Land Multi-Million Dollar Deal

In October of 2010 MMG (Mercenary Media Group) shot a twenty-five minute pilot for their first full length feature film Ronnie Hoffman: Limo Driver. Parties involved with the film include West Liberty University illuminists Mark “Adam” Leonard and Dustin “Scooter” Heavilin. Both graduated with Communication degrees (Leonard/Journalism) (Heavilin/Theatre). Heavilin will be the second lead role opposite Ronnie Hoffman, and also take on production duties. Leonard will also have a small role in the film and serve as the company’s PR Director. The film focuses around an overweight washed up collegiate athlete turned limo driver, and follows him for a night out on the town where chaos ensues. The lead role will be played by former West Liberty student Aaron Dietz, with other former student Chase DeFelice acting as Director of Cinematography. The film is in final stages of pre-production and shooting is estimated for early...

Purple for a Cause

Faculty, staff, and students showed their support for those who lost their lives to bullying by wearing purple on October 20, 2010.People around the country are wearing purple today (10/20) to show their support for the eight teenagers who recently took their lives due to gay bullying. A message on the Spirit Day 2010 Facebook page (which shows more than 45,000 people “attending” the event) explains the enormity of the...

WLU Hosts Journalism Summit

On Saturday, Oct. 2, Journalism students from West Liberty and Robert Morris Universities will team up to tackle some of the issues facing the student press. Trumpet Faculty Adviser Tammie Beagle is excited about hosting the first-ever event.  “This will give our students a chance to meet their peers from another institution, forge some friendships, and realize that their successes and challenges are shared by others in the industry.  It should be a lot of fun,” Beagle said. West Liberty Alumnus Dr. Marc Seamon is Faculty Adviser for The Sentry, RMU’s student newspaper.  He developed the idea for the summit.  “Basically, what I had in mind was an event held at West Liberty where newspaper advisers and student newspaper staffers from the schools could meet to share ideas and discuss issues — shop talk, really. I think it will be useful to all involved. It will further expose students to journalism themes and issues and will be a nice service activity for the faculty involved,” Seamon said. The Symposium will also feature a plenary speaker.  Beth Skwarecki is a freelance science and technology writer and blogger from Pittsburgh.  She will talk about niche writing, online journalism, and freelance as a possible career choice. The event will be held in the Alumni Room in the Student Union from 9:30 a. m. to 3:00 p. m.  If all goes as planned, Beagle and Seamon hope to make the Symposium an annual event, rotating host sites and including more colleges and...