PLNU News

22
Jul

The MOCM major, under the direction of Dr. Kathleen Czech and Dr. G.L. Forward, has completed its 13th year with its highest enrollment ever. We completed this year with 111 declared majors. The previous high was 106 students in 2001. MOCM is the fifth largest major at PLNU.

Communications & Theatre
22
Jul

Shelly Blair (G'2006) attended the recent NCA Conference held in San Diego where she chatted with Dr. G.L. Forward also attending the convention. After graduating from SDSU with an MA in Communication, Shelly was accepted into a Ph.D. program in Organizational Communication at Texas A&M University. Her interests include organizational life, emotion, and social justice. "I know my experience as a student in the communication department incited my passion for research," she said. Shelly joins a growing list of students pursuing graduate studies in communication, including the Ph.D.

Communications & Theatre
22
Jul

Cabrillo Hall, home of the Department of Communication and Theatre, was the site of the Religious Communication Association Pre-Conference. Regular classes in Cabrillo were moved or re-scheduled so that all four classrooms could be used from 1:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. for the concurrent presentations of research and papers dealing with the intersection of communication and religion.

Dr. G.L. Forward, RCA Councilor and local host chair, oversaw the planning for the conference with direction from the RCA President, Calvin Troup and 2nd Vice President, Janie Fritz, both from Duquesne University. According to Troup, the 2008 event was the best attended pre-conference in the history of the organization. "Everything worked out fine," said Forward, "but it couldn't have been done without the help of our department assistant, Suzanne Thomas, and a student helper, Brooke Simon, who was hired to work the registration room and keep tabs on things as they happened."

Dr. Kathleen Czech presented a paper co-authored with recent graduate, Alison Sanson-Livolsi. Current students Natalie Daugherty, Heather Michal, Christy Schmidt, and Chris Gutierrez also presented original research concerning students at church-related institutions.

Communications & Theatre
22
Jul

Dr. Kathleen Czech, associate professor of communication, recently celebrated the publication of her book, A Communication Perspective on Leadership: Faculty Perceptions of the Department Chair by VDM Publishing. The book is based on Professor Czech's doctoral dissertation and provides dramatic evidence that effective leadership is a communication phenomenon. The book is available on Amazon.

Communications & Theatre
22
Jul

The Records Office conducts a "university census" at the end of each September to create a snapshot of the population in each major. Once again MOCM with 85 students is the largest component within the Department of Communication & Theatre and one of the largest majors on our campus. Typically, students gravitate toward this dynamic and useful major through a process of word-of-mouth and we usually end the year with a greater number of majors than at the beginning. Nonetheless, the MOCM population is running 8 higher than at this point last year.

Communications & Theatre
22
Jul

Drs. Forward and Czech just received word that their co-authored paper "Why (Most) Everything You Think you Know About Gibb's Supportive and Defensive Communication Climate Theory may Be Wrong and What To Do About It" was accepted by the Small Group Communication Division. The paper, which is based in part on Dr. Czech's dissertation, statistically analyzes a small group communication assessment instrument. Both Forward and Czech have frequently taught the Small Group Communication course here at PLNU. This paper will be presented at the national Communication Association Convention this November in San Diego. It is the authors' eighth collaborative project to be presented at regional or national conferences.

Communications & Theatre