Dr. 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).