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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Molly Leonard and Cody White Named to the Who's Who List

Molly and Cody were selected by the faculty senate student life committee for Who' Who Among American Colleges and Universities.  This extremely prestigious honor was awarded following a competitive application process that looked at academic achievement., volunteerism, and involvement in student clubs and activities.  Ted Avtgis, Chair of the Department said "Molly and Cody exemplify the Ashland ideal of involvement.  There are few on campus who have not heard of either Molly or Cody or have had interactions with them in some shape or form.  It is nice to see them get the recognition they deserve."  Cody White, upon being awarded this honor said "Being named to "Who's Who" has provided me with a reflection on the past four year of hard work that I've striven to put forth. Simply being recognized for my achievements is more than enough for me, so being included on this list is a fantastic honor. I am humbled by the University's recognition of my efforts."

Thursday, December 8, 2011


The Department of Communication Studies is proud to announce the reinstatement of its public relations club known as Accent on P.R.! This is an exciting opportunity for our students interested in P.R. and we are eager to do great things within the Ashland community and around campus!

Accent on P.R. will actively partner with local non-profits as well as other on-campus clubs/causes to assist with public relations needs in an effort to create a better campus and community.  Such efforts can range from event promotion to comprehensive campaigns.  Accent on P.R. is a club that is not only opened to public relations majors but also people throughout the AU community with an interest in Public Relations.  Thanks to Accent on P.R.'s President Megan Wise for her pioneering efforts in creating the necessary documentation, leadership, and advocacy necessary for the club's approval.

If you are interested, please stay tuned for additional information. We will be starting a membership drive soon, so be sure to sign up as Accent on P.R. is a great way to beef up your public relations credentials while also providing wonderful service to the various publics we will be serving.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Faculty Notes

Dan O'RourkeDr. Dan O'Rourke co-authored that paper "The Democracy of Boy Life: Theodore Roosevelt's Epideictic Advocacy of Sport," which was a competitive paper in the Public Address Division presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, New Orleans, LA. The paper explored President Roosevelt's rhetorical message to American youth in support of participation in competitive athletics. Beyond its physical training, Roosevelt believed that youth learned teamwork and character from sport. These were attributes he sought to promote in the next generation of citizens and leaders.      

Dr. Theodore Avtgis conducted two seminars at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association in New Orleans, La. These seminars focused on Medical Communication and Organizational Communication. The seminars take a quantitative social scientific perspective targeted at application and marketability of communication skills. He also was one of the primary sources speaking about aggressive communication in the feature article "Opinions vary on anti-bullying efforts" that appeared in the Nov. 9 edition of The Exponent Telegram (Clarksburg, WV).