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Spring 2016

Graduate Student Publication

Susan Mancino, third year graduate student of the Ph.D. in Rhetoric Program at Duquesne University, has published "The Museum Profession: Protecting and Promoting Professional Goods" in Curator: The Museum Journal, 59.2.

Scholars Honored at 2016 Lambda Pi Eta Induction Ceremony

Pictured Above: Dr. Ronald C. Arnett, Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies, introduces the ceremony.

On April 15, the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies recognized undergraduate and graduate communication scholars for their outstanding academic achievements and honored Dr. Calvin L. Troup for his many years of scholarship, teaching, and service at Duquesne University.

Dr. Troup received the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies 2016 Scholar Award for Communication Excellence in Ethics Education for the Mind, Heart, and Spirit Award and gave a keynote address titled "A Call to Hesed as Praxis." In his address, Troup asserted that Duquesne has equipped its students with abilities to engage potential unforeseen problems that will arise in their professional lives. Dr. Troup, who has served as Director of the Rhetoric Ph.D. Program for several years, will be transitioning to the new professional role of President at Geneva College.

Undergraduate students were honored through induction into LPE, the official honor society of the National Communication Association. This year, 32 students were inducted into LPE: Sara A. Allego, Deleila Alloui, Barbara Balzer, Ella Blum, Brianna E. Brown, Brooke Bunton, Erin Elizabeth Caughey, Anna Renee Compton, Theresa B. DiFulvio, Arianna Rosa DiMatteo, Brendan James Donovan, Rachel Ferguson, Michael Albert Funt, Kenneth E. Girty III, Rebecca N. Gormley, Dianna Hartford, Michael E. Hopkins, Michael Iannello, Leslie Keegan, Mora J. McLaughlin, Lillian Nelson, Jillian Kathryn Power, Jill Purcell, Jessica M. Sebak, Jaclyn Diane Secen, Lucy Shaffer, Brianna Shea Sullivan, Thomas E. Sweeney III, Cassidy Rae Totin, Mary Wattick, Amber C. Yang and Zachary Zatyko.

Graduate students were honored by the department for exemplary scholarship, teaching, and service. Susan Mancino received the Wilhelm S. Wurzer Scholarship Award, Sarah Flinko received the Richard H. Thames Teaching Award, and Hannah Karolak received the Donald Clark Edwards Service Award.

Sarah Flinko, LPE Advisor and Director of Recruitment & Professional Development, said the address exemplifies Dr. Troup's leadership and guidance in this department. "He reminded us all of the importance of this department and this university in professional development and professional life," she said.

Business and Professional Contest

Pictured: From left, Austin Schletcher, Megan Finnerty, Abigail O'Connell

On April 25, seven undergraduate students participated in Duquesne University's Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies' Spring 2016 Business and Professional Contest.

The students gave presentations focusing on the communication challenges facing major corporations. Austin Schletcher was awarded first place for his presentation on Ford's Crisis Communication. Megan Finnerty was awarded second place for her work on IKEA's Sustainability. Abigail O'Connell was awarded third place for her findings on Monsanto's Ethics.

"All the presenters delivered excellent presentations and handled questions professionally," said Margaret Mullan, one of the two Business & Professional course directors, "students provided insightful analyses of how companies practice corporate social responsibility, sustainability, or crisis communication in ethical ways."

3rd Annual Undergraduate Research Colloquium

Pictured: From left, Bianna Sullivan, Jill Purcell, Rachel Reynolds

On Friday, April 22, 2016, Jill Purcell, Brianna Sullivan, and Rachel Reynolds presented scholarly papers at the 3rd Undergraduate Research Colloquium sponsored by the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies.

This event seeks to strengthen undergraduate student connections with liberal arts scholarship, by "walking the humanities into the marketplace" as academic ideas inform practices enacted in professional business contexts.

Purcell and Sullivan will be graduating in 2017 and Reynolds this May. Purcell is majoring in Corporate Communication and History, Sullivan is majoring in Integrated Marketing Communication, and Reynolds is majoring in Corporate Communication.

Scholars presented papers that were uniquely tied to their majors and interest areas. In "Communication and Same Sex Marriage," Purcell engaged the question of whether adoption is a basic human right. Sullivan's "Communication Ethics and Making a Murder" provided a conflict analysis of documentary filmmaking. Reynolds, in "Exploring the Wage Gap: A Communicative Analysis of How Social Identity Theory Reinforces the Gender Wage Gap," discussed the how social identity theory informs an understanding of the wage gap in the marketplace.

"The Undergraduate Research Colloquium provides an opportunity to present outstanding academic work in a research and development context," said Sarah Flinko, Director of Recruitment and Professional Development, "Our students learn the importance of research that translates into applicable outcomes that further enrich their educational experiences and preparation for the marketplace."

Public Speaking Contest

Pictured: From left, Stephanie Franciscus, Malinda Pistininei, Taylor Suszynsky

On Friday, April 8, six finalists participated in the Duquesne University Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies Public Speaking Contest to celebrate and showcase the communication skills of students of all majors.

Friday's competitors qualified from a round of fourteen students held earlier in the week.

  • First place - Stephanie Franciscus, sophomore Pharmacy major, for "Music Therapy Can Be More Effective than Prescription Medication"
  • Second place - Malinda Pistininei, sophomore Psychology major, for "Why We Should Allow Students to Choose What They Read"
  • Third place - Taylor Suszynsky, freshman Pharmacy major, for "The Mistreatment of United States Veterans by the VA Healthcare System"

Additional finalists included:

  • Brendon Donovan, junior IMC major
  • Joseph Uzar, senior Philosophy major
  • Hugo Wijn, freshman Music major

According to Duquesne University Ph.D. student Susan Mancino, one of the Public Speaking course directors and a judge for Friday's event, the Public Speaking Contest occurs every semester and gives students a chance to develop their public speaking skills.

Debating Society Wins Team and Individual Awards at National Competition

The Duquesne Debating Society has continued its streak of success at the national level by winning four awards and seeing one team member named to the All-American Debate Team at the 2016 National Education Debate Association's (NEDA) National Championship held earlier this month in Fullerton, Calif.

Sophomore Mary Halyama, freshman Noah Martens, freshman Chloe Mortenson, senior Janae Stacier and freshman Edward Stumm represented Duquesne at the competition. Stacier and Halyama and Martens and Mortenson each competed as respective two-person teams in the Open Policy Division. Stumm competed as an individual-also called competing as a maverick-in the Open Crossfire Division, which is an abbreviated version of the one-hour-plus Open Policy rounds.

Duquesne's final results from the NEDA championship included:

  • Stacier and Halyama won second place in the Open Policy division.
  • Stacier won first place and Halyama won third place for their individual performances in the Open Policy division.
  • The five University students won third place overall in the Team Sweepstakes competition in which they competed together.
  • Stacier was named to the 2016 NEDA All-American Debate Team in recognition of her competitive results and leadership over the entire course of her debate career.

Martens and Mortenson narrowly missed the semi-finals, and Stumm was a semi-finalist in his division.

The topic for this year's NEDA tournament was "The United States federal government should significantly raise the minimum wage." Participants competed in six preliminary rounds of competition during which they had to argue both for and against the topic, which meant they had to switch tactics and arguments from one round to the next. The top teams after the preliminary rounds then competed to determine tournament champions in each division.

"Our students performed very well at NEDA nationals this year," said Dr. John Rief, visiting professor in the communication and rhetorical studies department and coach of the Debate Society. "They demonstrated that practice and collaboration can take you to the highest levels of competition."

In 2015, Duquesne had the top speaker in the Crossfire division, and in 2014, Duquesne won the national championship in the Open Policy division.

City Dialgoues Upcoming Event

On Tuesday, April 5th, 2016, students from the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies will visit the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre as part of the "City Dialogues" series. Employees of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will discuss topics such as corporate communication, graphic design, event planning, and advertising. Afterwards, students are invited to stay and watch a rehearsal for the upcoming ballet, Le Corsaire. "City Dialogues" is a marketplace series of extracurricular experiences that provide an opportunity for communication majors to visit local businesses and practitioners to observe how communication is embodied in various organizations.

Bridging Opportunities: Professional Meet & Greet Event

PITTSBURGH - On February 23, 2016, 57 Duquesne University undergraduate and graduate students met with representatives from eight local organizations representing a diverse selection of industry sectors in the "Bridging Opportunities: Professional Meet & Greet Event" sponsored by the Duquesne University Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and Ad Club (American Advertising Federation).

For Michael Iannello, junior Corporate Communication major and Duquesne PRSSA president, the event was an informal way for students to get to know organizations. Students met with organizations in a series of six twelve-minute rounds of "speed-networking" that allowed them to ask questions, make connections, and learn about potential career paths open to them as communication majors.

"The event allowed students to meet organizations one-on-one without a resume," Iannello said, adding that it was "more relaxed than a job fair."

Erin Caughey, junior IMC major and Duquesne PRSSA treasurer and AdClub vice president, was proud of the organizations' efforts. "The members of the society got hands-on event planning experience," she said, "while the university students were able network with top-tier local professional that have the ability to change the students' future professional lives."

Organizations in attendance were:

  • Brunnerworks, a top US advertising and interactive agency that creates powerful solutions for all media channels and platforms

  • DHS Office of Community Relations, an organization responsible for public education efforts and strategic communication

  • Edelman, an organization bringing a public affairs perspective to all aspects of its work

  • Gatesman+Dave, a nationally ranked, independent, multidiscipline marketing communications agency

  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, an organization acting as the voice for all blood cancer patients and working to ensure access to treatments for all blood cancer patients

  • MARC USA, a national full-service integrated marketing communications firm known for uncovering radical insights that incite powerful reactions

  • Pittsburgh Trust, an organization that has helped to transform a downtrodden section of Downtown into a world-class Cultural District

  • UPMC Health Plan, a network of more than 100 hospitals and 11,500 physicians in a 47-country region, with award winning customer service and wellness programsErin Schwille, Senior Account Supervisor at Edelman, gave a keynote address on the state of the Public Relations Industry.

Student photographers were also available during the event to take headshots of attending students.

"This was a great event that provided students with opportunities to establish valuable connections with local organizations and learn about their career possibilities," said Dr. Craig Maier, co-director of the undergraduate program in the Department of Communication & Rhetorical studies and faculty advisor to both Duquesne PRSSA and Ad Club. "Our student pre-professional organizations are an important part of our program, and this event really showed how they can be a ‘classroom beyond the classroom.'"

For more information on Duquesne PRSSA, Ad Club or the undergraduate program, please email Dr. Maier at maier551@duq.edu.

Spring 2016 Preview Day Announcement

The Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University is pleased to announce the McAnulty College of Liberal Arts' Spring Preview Day on Saturday, March 19th, 2016, 9:30 AM-2:30 PM.

The Spring Preview Day welcomes all accepted liberal arts students and their families. All attendees have the opportunity to meet with academic departments, learning communities, and student services. Campus tours are also available. We encourage accepted students to attend, meet our faculty members, hear about our programs, and learn about all of the exciting opportunities at Duquesne.

Faculty Recognition

David DeIuliis, PhD (Duquesne, 2015), is one of the recipients of the Duquesne University Graduate School Award for Excellence in Scholarship for the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts. Dr. DeIuliis is currently Visiting Instructor at Duquesne University. The Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies congratulates Dr. DeIuliis for his exemplary scholarship!

Internship Colloquium

Pictured: From left, Megan McCue, Michael Jannello, Vanessa Michetti

Feb 10 - The Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies held an internship colloquium to discuss professional development opportunities available through the internship program. Students from the Department shared their experiences working as interns at The Event Group, Pittsburgh Magazine, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Steeltown Entertainment Project, and the Allegheny County DHS Office of Community Relations.

For information on internship opportunities, please email Sarah Flinko, Director of Recruitment and Professional Development.

Alumni News

Brent Sleasman, PhD (Duquesne, 2007), has been named President of Winebrenner Theological Seminary in Findlay, Ohio. Additionally, his edited book, Creating Albert Camus: Foundations and Explorations of His Philosophy of Communication, has been published by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. The Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies congratulates Rev. Dr. Sleasman!

Fall 2015

Graduate Student Awards and Publications 2015

Graduate Student Journal Article Publications

Hannah Karolak. (2015). "Philosophy of Communication Ethics: Scholarship Beyond the One and the Other." Review of Communication, 15.4: 316-331.

Susan Mancino. "A Communicative Review of Museums." Review of Communication (2015): 1-16. DOI: 10.1080/15358593.2015.1077988.

Margaret Mullan. (2015) "Constructing an Identity Online: Logging-On as 'Catholic.'" Journal of Religion, Media, and Digital Culture 4(1), pp.96-125.

Ronald C. Arnett, David DeIuliis, and Susan Mancino. "Existential Signs as Primordial Data: An Enigma Wrapped in Hypertextuality." Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication, 6.1 (2015): 3-20.

Graduate Student Awards

National Communication Association Philosophy of Communication Division Top Student Paper: Susan Mancino, "Philosophy of Communication and the Infinity of Lists: The Interplay of the Poetic and Pragmatic," National Communication Association, Las Vegas, NV, November 19-22, 2015.

National Communication Association Kenneth Burke Society Top Student Paper Award: Matthew P. Mancino, "Connecting Burke and Kuhn: The Synecdochic Necessity of Recalcitrance," National Communication Association, Las Vegas, NV, November 19-22, 2015.

Pennsylvania Communication Association 2015 Graduate Writing Competition 1st Place: Matthew P. Mancino, "Re-Considering Cyber Attacks," Pennsylvania Communication Association, York, PA, October 9-10, 2015.

Roberta Kevelson Award for Best Student Paper, Semiotics Society of America: Timothy Michaels, "The Signs in Nature: Toward an Emersonian Semiotic Theory," Semiotics Society of America, Pittsburgh, PA, October 1-4, 2015.

Eastern Communication Association Philosophy of Communication Interest Group Top Student Paper: Susan Mancino, "Philosophy of Communication and Hannah Arendt's Crisis of the Republic: An Examination of the Homestead Crisis of 1892," Eastern Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA, April 22-26, 2015.

Grants Received

Applied Urban Communication Research Grant, Eastern Communication Association, 2015: Susan Mancino and Hannah Karolak. Project title: "Memorials as Ironic Sites: Urban Communication Ethics in Local, National, and International Communities."

Christmas Party 2015

On December 11, the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies held the annual Departmental Christmas Party. The party gives students and faculty an opportunity for conviviality through a shared meal and carols. Special thanks to Sarah Flinko, Director of Recruitment and Professional Development, Mrs. Rita McCaffrey, Administrative Assistant, and LPE Students for planning the event.

Business & Professional Contest

On December 7, the Business & Professional Contest was held and gave participating students the opportunity to give poster presentations. Lauryn Fetkovich was awarded first place. Alyssa Lukach was awarded second place.

"All of the students who competed did an outstanding job!" said Margaret Mullan, one of the Business & Professional course directors. In addition to "professional delivery and responses to questions," students provided "excellent recommendations for how the company might better attend to ethical business practices."

Public Speaking Contest

Pictured: From left, Carly Cox, Greg Power, Miah Dunkleberger, Matt Waggoner, Marcelins Lewis

On December 4, the five best speakers from the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies public speaking course showcased their skills in the Fall Semester Public Speaking Contest Finals.

Participating students gave exemplary speeches. The first place award went to Greg Power for his speech "Lethal Force Laws." Second place was awarded to Miah Dunkleberger for her speech "A Land of Equal Opportunity." Third place was awarded to Marcelins Lewis for his speech "Malcolm X." Additional finalists included Matt Wagoner and Carly Cox.

City Dialogue Re-launch

On Thursday, December 3, 2015, The Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies re-launched the "City Dialogues" series. Students visited the Pittsburgh Public Market to speak with Don Orkoskey about the organization "Neighbors in the Strip." Mr. Orkoskey spoke about communication plans, crisis management and several other ways communication is embodied in the organization "Neighbors in the Strip." Students had the chance to ask questions and learn more about communication practices in this vibrant volunteer organization. "City Dialogues" is a marketplace series of extracurricular experiences that provides an opportunity for communication majors to visit local businesses and practitioners to observe how communication is embodied in various organizations.

2015 National Communication Association (NCA) Awards

Susan Mancino won the Philosophy of Communication Division Top Student Paper award for her paper, "Philosophy of Communication and the Infinity of Lists: The Interplay of the Poetic and Pragmatic." Matt Mancino won the Kenneth Burke Society Top Student Paper award for his paper, "Connecting Burke and Kuhn: The Synecdochic Necessity of Recalcitrance."

Garnet C. Butchart won the Philosophy of Communication Division Top Article award for his article, "The Uncertainty of Communication as Revealed by Psychoanalysis." Ronald C. Arnett and Pat Arneson won the Communication Ethics Division Top Edited Book award for their edited book, Philosophy of Communication Ethics: Alterity and the Other.

Faculty Receive National Awards for Scholarship

Garnet C. Butchart received the 2015 National Communication Association Philosophy of Communication Division Article of the Year Award for his article, "The Uncertainty of Communication as Revealed by Psychoanalysis" in Review of Communication, 13 (1). Ronald C. Arnett and Pat Arneson received the 2015 National Communication Association Communication Ethics Division Book of the Year Award for their edited volume, Philosophy of Communication Ethics: Alterity and the Other.

Fr. Sean M. Hogan, C.S.Sp., International Debate Series:
Duquesne Debating Society Hosts British Tour

[Pictured (from left to right): Marissa Vaul (DDS), Julia Baird (DDS), Kristian Sheeley (DDS), Carrie Garrison (DDS), Chessy Whalen (British Tour), Matthew Wilmore (British Tour), and Nancy Parish (DDS Assistant Coach)]

October 27-29 - The 93rd annual British Tour of the U.S. (hosted by the Committee on International Discussion and Debate at the National Communication Association) visited Duquesne as part of the Fr. Sean M. Hogan, C.S.Sp., International Debate series. During an exhibition debate on October 29, the team of Matthew Wilmore and Chessy Whalen (British tour) took on Duquesne Debating Society students Marissa Vaul, Julia Baird, and Kristian Sheeley on the topic of whether college education should be free for all U.S. students.

Dr. Ronald C. Arnett Inaugural Recipient of Endowed Chair in Communication Ethics

Pictured Above (left to right): Ronald Wolfe, Dr. Ronald C. Arnett, Patricia Doherty Yoder

September 10, 2015 - Dr. Ronald C. Arnett, Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies, was named the first Patricia Doherty Yoder and Ronald Wolfe Endowed Chair in Communication Ethics. The endowment reflects Wolfe's long legal career and Yoder's distinguished career in corporate communication, and their abiding interest in ethics in the public square.

Arnett is the author or coauthor of nine books, four edited volumes, and numerous academic articles published in top-tier communication journals. He held the Henry Koren, C.S.Sp., Endowed Chair for Scholarly Excellence from 2010-2015.

"Endowed chairs represent the pinnacle of academic achievement," said Dr. Janie M. Harden Fritz, Professor and Director of the B.A. and M.A. Programs and Director of University Core Curriculum. Fritz described the significance of this chair as "a high honor for the department," adding that "the chair's dedication to communication ethics, an area for which the department has gained worldwide recognition, is an acknowledgment on the part of the donors and of the university that we are recognized for scholarly excellence in communication ethics."

"The selection of Dr. Arnett as chair holder is a marker of his international reputation and scholarly leadership in this area," said Fritz.

Inaugral Father Sean M. Hogan, C. S. Sp. International Debate

[Pictured: Maya Musenga (iDebate Team), Dr. Janie Harden Fritz, Dr. John J. Rief, Jesh Arnold Tugume (iDebate Team), Jean Michel Habineza (iDebate Coach), Ekisa Monique (iDebate Team)]

October 16, 2015 - The Duquesne Debating Society held the inaugural debate of the Father Sean M. Hogan, C. S. Sp. International Debate Series. This series is named in honor of Fr. Hogan in recognition of his outstanding support for debate activities on Duquesne's campus. The series sponsors events that feature students from around the world including Rwanda and Great Britain.

The Society hosted the iDebate Rwanda team for the second year of their tour "Voices From A Post Genocide Generation." The international coordinator of iDebate Rwanda, Jean Michel Habineza, was recognized as the first ever Francis Libermann Fellow and Honorary Coach of the Duquesne Debating Society.

For more information on opportunities for participation in Duquesne Debating Society events, please email Dr. John J. Rief (Society advisor) or Nancy Parish (assistant coach).

Internship Colloquium

[Pictured: Jill Purcell, Clara DelGrippo, Kelly Rudzik, Elizabeth Jeffries]

October 14-The Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies held an internship colloquium as part of its internship program. Communication Majors shared their internship experiences at PNC Bank, Stern Advertising, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

For more information on internship opportunities, please email Sarah Flinko, Director of Recruitment and Professional Development in the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies.

Fall Open House Announcement

The Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies is pleased to announce Duquesne University's Fall Open House on Sunday, September 20th, 2015, 8:00AM-1:30PM.

The Fall Open House welcomes all prospective students and their families. All attendees have the opportunity to meet with representatives from Admissions, Financial Aid, and academic departments and to talk with current undergraduate students. We encourage you to attend, meet our faculty members, hear about our programs, and learn about all of the exciting opportunities at Duquesne.

To register for this event, please visit this web site: http://www.duq.edu/admissions-and-aid/undergraduate-admissions/schedule-a-visit/events/fall-open-house

Summer 2015

Successful 2nd Biennial Philosophy of Communication Conference 2015

Pictured above: Dr. Ronald C. Arnett presents Dr. Calvin O. Schrag with the Richard L. Lanigan Philosophy of Communication Scholar Award.

On June 3-5, The Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University hosted the 2nd Biennial Philosophy of Communication Conference, co-sponsored by the Communication Ethics Institute, at the Duquesne University Power Center. The conference was a success and attended by 84 national and international participants.

The next Biennial Philosophy of Communication Conference will be held in 2017. All individuals with a philosophy of communication interest are encouraged to periodically check back for updates and submit individual papers and/or panels.

Spring 2015

Omicron Delta Kappa Honors Dr. Janie M. Harden Fritz

Pictured Above (left, right): Mrs. McCaffrey, Dr. Inci Ozum Ucok-Sayrak, Dr. Ronald C. Arnett, Dr. Calvin L. Troup; Dr. Janie M. Harden Fritz (bottom)

On April 20, Dr. Janie M. Harden Fritz was presented the Teacher of the Year Award by the Duquesne University's chapter of the Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society for her exemplary teaching in the field of communication.

A scholar of organizational and interpersonal communication and the author of Professional Civility: Communicative Virtue at Work, Fritz prepares students for a reflective engagement with the professional and ethical challenges of the marketplace.

She has been with the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University since 1992, where she is both a professor and Director of the B.A. and M.A. Programs and Director of University Core Curriculum. She has received numerous awards for her scholarship and teaching.

Father Sean M. Hogan, C.S.Sp. and Executive Vice President for Student Life, commented on Dr. Fritz's career as "amazing in her commitment to teaching, research, writing, and service to the university."

Scholars Honored at 2015 Lambda Pi Eta Induction Ceremony

Duquesne University faculty members await to welcome the 2015 LPE inductees.

On April 17, Dr. William K. Rawlins of Ohio University addressed Duquesne University undergraduate and graduate communication scholars receiving honors for academic accomplishments at the Lambda Pi Eta (LPE) Induction Ceremony.

Founded in 1985, Lambda Pi Eta is the official honor society of the National Communication Association and has chapters at four-year colleges and universities around the world. The association recognizes academic achievement and encourages interest in the communication field through service activities, special events, and marketplace opportunities. Participation in Lambda Pi Eta is invitation-only and is based on academic performance.

This year, 39 students were inducted into LPE: Lauren A. Bayer, Kaitlyn N. Beauchamp, Julia Catherine Belechak, Kelsie Lyn Bianco, Nicholas Calesaric; Morgan Cavanaugh; Julia Rose Chabala; Alexandrea Dalton, Clara DelGrippo, Rebecca Donoso, Molly Fallone, Rosalie Marie Granato, Lindsay Renèe Haslett, Elizabeth C. Jeffries, Kira Helena Johnson, Lauren Kelly, Kathleen M. Kerr, Bethany Majewski, Mackenzie Grace Martin; Megan Marie McCue, Emily Mendoza, Vanessa Ann Michetti, Abigail O'Connell, Brenna S. O'Neill, Melissa Portz, Sarah Quinn, Rachel Reynolds, Chandler Ariana Rossi, Kelly Rudzik, Morgan E. Rupert, Cayla Sebastian, Sofia Shanahan, Emily R. Watchek, Kimberly Watterson, Austin Whalen, Jason Todd Whitehead II, Catherine E. Wishnow, Margaret C. Zangara and Colleen Zyra.

In addition to the Lambda Pi Eta inductees, three graduate students received awards for exemplary scholarship, teaching, and service. Margaret Mullan received the Wilhelm S. Wurzer Scholarship Award, Matthew Corr received the Richard H. Thames Teaching Award, and Johan Bodaski received the Donald Clark Edwards Service Award.

Receiving the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies Communication Excellence and Ethics Education for the Mind, Heart, and Spirit Award, Dr. Rawlins gave a guest lecture titled "Stimulating Moments of Discovery: Rhythm, Will, Readiness, and Grace in Dedicated Research and Everyday Life." In his lecture, Rawlins argued that every moment of our lives holds potential for change, and he encouraged the students to see how new knowledge constantly emerges through the interconnection of rhythm, will and readiness.

Sarah Flinko, LPE Advisor and Director of Recruitment & Professional Development, said that Rawlins's address called the Lambda Pi Eta inductees to a lifetime of intellectual growth and service to others. "Lambda Pi Eta is a wonderful organization dedicated to service to the community-both Pittsburgh and Duquesne University-as well as undergraduate research and scholarship," she said. "Our LPE members work to give back to their communities while enriching their experiences at Duquesne through educational opportunities and research and professional development. Dr. Rawlins inspired them to continue this journey by beautifully illustrating the power for change in approaching life, community, and vocational living."

Undergraduates Participate in Spring Semester Public Speaking Contest

Pictured above (left, right): Bryanna McDermott (first place), Katie Miller (second place), Derek Faix (third place)

On April 10, the seven best speakers from the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies public speaking course showcased their skills in the Spring Semester Public Speaking Contest Finals.

Participating students gave exemplary ceremonial or informative speeches. The first place award went to Bryanna McDermott, a freshmen level journalism major, who spoke on sexism in sports.

Katie Miller, a sophomore physical therapy major, received second place with a speech that informed listeners about 3D-printed prosthetics. Derek Faix, a senior marketing and entrepreneurship major, placed third with a speech about the addition of a sales minor to Duquesne University.

As top-placing finishers, they received a classic work by Ernest Hemmingway, Abraham Lincoln or Charles Dickens as a prize.

Additional finalists included Kareen Ayuk, Taylor Coniglio, Annette Faith, and Johnson Hypolite.

The Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies holds a Public Speaking Contest every semester to demonstrate and further develop the speaking skills of adept students. Hannah Karolak and Susan Mancino are the public speaking course directors and coordinated the event.

"The contest displays the significance of public speaking as part of Duquesne University's core curriculum for all students in their chosen fields," Mancino said. "Congratulations to all participants and instructors on a successful event."

Students Learn about Successful Internships at Spring Internship Colloquium

Pictured above (left, right): Carrie Barrow, John Anderson, Brittany Naida

On April 7, two current and one former Integrated Marketing Communication majors shared their internship experiences with students at the Spring Internship Colloquium sponsored by the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies.

Brittany Naida, Carrie Barrow, and John Anderson discussed how their Duquesne University education prepared them for their internship and success after graduation. Naida and Barrow will be graduating in May 2015, and Anderson graduated in December 2014.

All three credited their internships with helping them enter the job market:

  • Naida, who interned at Active Pittsburgh and Duquesne University, said her experiences helped her get her dream position at Dick's Sporting Goods. After graduation, she will be entering a 12-month Merchandising Trainee program and will work as a Merchandise Analyst or an Assistant Buyer.
  • Barrow's marketing internship at the Mario Lemieux Foundation turned into a full-time job as the organization's New Media Coordinator.
  • Anderson interned at Beyond Spots and Dots, where he was offered a job after graduation as an Associate Digital Coordinator.

The Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies holds an Internship Colloquium each semester as part of its departmental internship program. Sarah Flinko, the department's Director of Recruitment and Professional Development, said that these events provide great opportunities for communication majors to learn about why internships are important and how to get them.

"Internships are vital for professional development," she said. "These events give students helpful tips, advice, and experiences that assist them in pursuing internships and marketplace opportunities."

For more information on available internship opportunities please email Flinko, Director of Recruitment and Professional Development.

2nd Undergraduate Research Colloquium

Pictured above (left, right): Dr. Janie M. Harden Fritz (B.A./M.A. Director), Sofia Buxareo, Taylor Coniglio, Julia Lamar, and Sarah Flinko (Director of Recruitment and Professional Development)

On Friday, March 20, 2015 Julia Lamar, Sofia Buxareo, and Taylor Coniglio presented scholarly papers at the 2nd Undergraduate Research Colloquium sponsored by the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies. The Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies works with undergraduate students to develop engagement with scholarship, connecting ideas to the marketplace.

Lamar, Buxareo, and Coniglio will be graduating this May. Lamar is majoring in Corporate Communication and Political Science, Buxareo is majoring in Communication Studies, and Coniglio is majoring in Entrepreneurship and Communication Studies.

Scholars presented papers that were uniquely tied to their majors. In "Terror Through the Smartphone," Lamar considered ways in which terrorist organizations use social media, suggesting the construction of a "counter-narrative" to combat terrorist social media use. Buxareo's "Engagement of Reading Within Literate Culture" examined questions pertaining to the development of reading, how reading has affected our brains, and what it means to live in a literate-digital culture. Congilio, in "Defining Heroes and Villains in the Marketplace," discussed the importance of basing the marketplace on concerns beyond transactions and adding human consideration to marketplace interaction.

Dr. Janie M. Harden Fritz responded to the papers and commended the authors for their rich, articulate ideas, each of which contained implications for the public sphere, calling us to be "mindful of our responsibility to self, others, institutions, and communities."

Brian Peiritsch Honored for contributions to the Profession

Pictured above: Dr. Ronald C. Arnett, Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies Chair (left); Brian Peiritisch, winner of 2015 Anthony L. Bucci Excellence in Communication Ethics Award

On Tuesday, March 17, 2015, Brian Peiritsch was presented the Anthony L. Bucci Excellence in Communication Ethics Award by the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University to honor his ethical leadership in the field of communication.

Brian Peiritsch is a 1995 alumnus of Duquesne University, with a B.A. in Corporate Communication and English, and is currently employed as the Vice President of Ketchum Inc., one of the largest public relations agencies in the world. Peiritsch is the account lead for the Canned Food Alliance (CFA), which involves communicating promotions on the convenience and benefits of canned food to influencers and consumers.

During the award ceremony, Peiritsch spoke to current B.A. and M.A. communication students about the value of an education from Duquesne University, which provided him with both the work ethic and critical thinking skills necessary to excel in the marketplace. His degree from Duquesne University gave him an informed skill set for engaging in professional and ethical challenges, including work at the Eastman Kodak Group, Olympic Paint and Stain and involvement with crisis communication around the 2012 Sandusky Penn State case.

Dr. Ronald C. Arnett, Chair of the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies, spoke of Brian Peiritsch as "an exemplar of a professional communicator who thoughtfully assists businesses in navigating a confusing and, at times, contentious public environment. He situates business activity within a story that engages and clarifies corporate action."

Fall 2014

December 5: Public Speaking and Business & Professional Contest

Pictured above: Public Speaking Contest winners and judges.

The Public Speaking Contest featured student-generated speeches from the university-wide public speaking course. Winners of the event were:

1st Place - Sydnie Pennington
Topic - Rosie the Riveter
Style
- Informative Speech

2nd Place - Eliza Fetter
Topic - Sexual Assault Prevention
Style
- Ceremonial Speech

3rd Place - Don Crawford
Topic - Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation
Style
- Informative Speech

Pictured above: Students presenting a poster to onlookers.

The Business & Professional Contest featured student researched and generated posters and presentations from the Business & Professional class sections. Winners of the event were:

1st Place - Haley Citrone, Jill Purcell, Patrick Bacza, Garrett DeOre and Matt Lennert
Poster Topic - Nestle

2nd Place - Brain Hawley, Allessandra Miller, Brianna Foster, Tyler Hamilton
Poster Topic - P&G

3rd Place - Amber Fitcher, Jon Drozd, Carly Cappelli, Kevin Berger, and Spencer Bergstein
Poster Topic - Carnival

Spring 2014

Lambda Pi Eta Induction Ceremony

Dr. Ronald C. Arnett, Ph.D. introduces the ceremony.

Graduate Student Award Winners

Dr. Ronald C. Arnett introduces the ceremony (left); Graduate Student Award Winners (right)

APRIL 11th: The Lambda Pi Eta Induction Ceremony occurred on April 11th, 2014. Guest speaker Dr. Gail T. Fairhurst, of the University of Cincinnati, gave a lecture titled "(Re)Framing: Creating Meaning and Dialogue." After the lecture, Ashley Cyprowski, President of Lambda Pi Eta (LPE), Sierra Lilac, Vice President, and Jayne R. Katherman, Secretary, invited the 2014 LPE inductees to come forward and be welcomed by the Communication and Rhetorical Studies Faculty to the LPE Organization.

2014 Lambda Pi Eta Inductees: Kellie Arlet, Carrie D. Barrow, Julianne Boyle, Monica Marie Chmiel, Erika Ciesielski, Taylor Coniglio, Sarah Constant, Kaitlyn Davidson, Amy Del Rio-Gazzo, Megan Foley, Shawna Luanne Foyle, Lila Ann Gabriel, Megan A. Gallagher, Erin Hess, Mary Houlette, Amy M. Kerlin, Ashley K. Knoch, Julia Lamar, Jade Alexandra Leitzel, Kristina Logan, Paige Malezi, Chelsea Elizabeth Martin, Brittany Nicole Nadia, Madison Taylor O'Neill, Penelop Person, Alina J. Philips, Megan Pilsner, Brittany N. Reilly, Britney Alyssa Smith, Matthew Smith, Aileen St. Leger, Erica Stevenson, Sierra Walp, Caitlin Cade Young, and Nicole Zientek.

Award Recipients:

  • Scholar Award for Communication Excellence in Ethics Education for the Mind, Heart, and Spirit - Dr. Gail T. Fairhurst

  • Wilhelm Wurtzer Award for Scholarship - David DeIuliis (Graduate Student)

  • D. Clark Edwards Service Award - Jeff Lohr (Graduate Student)

  • Richard H. Thames Teaching Award - Hongchao Qian (Graduate Student)