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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Dr. Randall-Griffiths Quoted by Ohio Humanities

Dr. Deleasa Randall-Griffiths, Associate Professor and Director of the Online Communication Studies Program, was quoted by the Ohio Humanities, an organization dedicated to promoting the humanities in Ohio through collaborations with cultural and educational institutions, in its coverage of the Ashland Chautauqua.

Dr. Randall-Griffiths, who is the project director of the Ashland Chautauqua, noted the significance of 2017 for the Chautauqua and of the importance of the Chautauqua's relationship with Ohio Humanities:
Earlier this year, Ashland Chautauqua received the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce award for “Culture and Recreation.”  Accepting that award validated our many years producing the annual five-day event that brings history to life, Chautauqua style. None of this, not the award and certainly not the many years of scholarly performances and workshops, would have been possible without Ohio Humanities. Our community is enriched each year by Ohio Humanities. They help us see the present through the past and expand our notion of what it means to be human.         
According to the Ohio Humanities' blog, Ashland Chautauqua "exemplifie[s]...part of Ohio Humanities' mission to help leverage local support for cultural and heritage programming."

Congratulations to the Ashland Chautauqua and to Dr. Randall-Griffiths and thank you to the Ohio Humanities for its generous support.

To view the full post, please visit the Ohio Humanities blog.  Be sure to check out this year's Chautauqua, Voices of Freedom, here.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Students Inducted into National Communication Studies Honor Society

On Thursday, March 2, the Communication Studies Department honored the academic excellence of its students in a ceremony recognizing current members of and inducting eligible students into Lambda Pi Eta, the national communication studies honor society.

Lambda Pi Eta seeks to recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies, and students meet rigorous academic standards in order to be eligible for membership.

                                          Left to right, back row:
                                          Kimmie Stoops, Co-President
                                          Collin Cayse, new member
                                          Jordan Martinez, new member
                                          Noah Hupfer, new member
                                          Dr. Dariela Rodriguez, Department Chair and Lambda Pi Eta Advisor

                                          Left to right, front row:
                                          Kate Siefert, Co-President
                                          Morgan Bittengle, new member
                                          Arica Fiorini, new member
                                          Maggie Andrews, new member
                                          Nuri Lee, new member
                                          Mykenna Schlorb, new member

Congratulations, Lambda Pi Eta members,
on your academic excellence!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Ashland University's Excellence Travels to Philadelphia

     Dr. Dariela Rodriguez, chair of the Communication Studies Department at Ashland University, traveled to Philadelphia to participate in the National Communication Association's (NCA) 102nd Annual Conference on November 12, 2016. This conference hosted professors across the country as well as some industry professionals. 

    Dr.  Rodriguez presented a short course about Innovative Approaches to the Application of Risk and Crisis Communication. This short course focused on the development and implementation of  risk and crisis communication plans, as well as a variety of theories and other activities used to prepare students for success. Dr. Rodriguez said,  "hearing industry professionals talk about what they want in upcoming young communication professionals at the NCA conference confirmed what I am teaching here at Ashland University."

Check out more about Dr. Dariela Rodriguez here.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Dr. Randall-Griffiths Presents Paper

Dr. Deleasa Randall-Griffiths, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies, presented a paper titled "From Menarche to Menopause: Practical Implications for Healthcare Providers" at the Organizationfor the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender annual conference in Oak Park, IL.

The paper was co-authored by Randall-Griffiths, Kimberly Field-Springer (Berry College) and Carol Reece (Ashland University College of Nursing and Health Sciences). 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

AU Students to Present at OCA Conference

This week, Ashland University will be hosting the Ohio Conference Association’s (OCA) 80th Annual Conference, the theme of which is Strong Roots – Branches of Communication.

This year’s conference brings together faculty and students from across the state to share their scholarly work in the form of papers, posters, panel discussions and workshops.

The following students from AU will be presenting this year:

"I Vow…" A PSA on Domestic Abuse in Intimate Relationships
Natalie Antonio, senior health and risk communication major
Megan Salatino, AU alumna
Sami Solanics, senior public relations & strategic communication major
Sarah Van Wagnen, junior public relations & strategic communication and health & risk communication major
Allison Vredenburgh, senior public relations & strategic communication major

Relationships in Sports and their Correlation to Success
Allison Vredenburgh, senior public relations & strategic communication major

Heineken Dog Fighting Rumors
Haley Pittman, senior sport communication major
Corbon Angermeier, senior health & risk and public relations & strategic communications major

Best of luck to all those presenting!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

PRSSA Event: Overcoming Diversity with Communication

Contact Jenna Marsh, president of Ashland PRSSA, at jmarsh2 at, with questions.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Dr. O'Rourke presents at the second International Conference

Dr. Dan O'Rourke, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, was one of five Americans selected to present at the second International Conference on the Superhero in Oxford, England. Representatives from 12 countries explored themes of the heroic narrative, gender identities, ​heteronormative behavior, changing visions of the heroic icon, and the duality of identities in comic books. The success of the conference has secured a third iteration next year and the possibility of one or more books forthcoming from collections of the conference presentations.

Check out more information about Dr. Dan O'Rourke here.