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Fall 2018

Undergraduate Students Compete in Business & Professional Contest

Pictured: from left, Britnee Yutzy, Kevin Mazick, Kari Lynn Kosko (Instructor), Charles Williams, and Colleen Pearson

On December 4, 2018, three teams offered a rhetorical analysis of prominent organizations while competing in Duquesne University's Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies' Fall 2018 Business and Professional Contest. The students gave insightful presentations on Major League Baseball, Amazon, and Tesla, with Mr. Joshua Kopp from PNC Bank and Mr. Damien Gottschalk from Fragrasso Financial Advisors judging the event

  • First Place--Britnee Yutzy, Kevin Mazick, Charles Williams, and Colleen Pearson (presentation topic: Amazon)
  • Runner-Up--Tyler Critchfield, Jacob Hebda, Brooke Osselborn, and Yan Jin Tan (presentation topic: Tesla)
  • Honorable Mention--Fuchsia Brockman, Nicholas Gilmore, Thomas Moore, and Rayman Riar (presentation topic: Major League Baseball)

Mary J. Eberhardinger, Business and Professional course director, commented on the success of the event: "The end of semester Business and Professional Communication Contest is a traditional mark of punctuation and signature event hosted by the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies. It not only showcases the work of undergraduate business students, but marks the harvest of the seeds sown by full-time Ph.D. student-instructors."

Duquesne Alumna Receives Award


Duquesne's own Jeanne M. Persuit, associate professor of communication studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, was presented with the J. Marshall Crews Distinguished Faculty Award by Alumni Association Board Member Kimberly McNeill 86, 97M. Though Crews has passed on, his legacy lives on through the award, which honors a faculty member who exhibits leadership in the areas of service, student support, community service, and outreach efforts.

Four Undergraduate Students Compete in Public Speaking Contest Finals

Public speaking finals

Pictured: From left, Olivia Higgins, Sarah Leep, Dylan Miller,Hunter Hensel

On Friday, November 30, 2018, four finalists displayed their rhetorical skills in speech construction and delivery at the Duquesne University Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies Public Speaking Contest.

  • First place - Hunter Hensel, freshman Business major, for "Siteswaps (Juggling)"
  • Second place - Dylan Miller, senior Biology major, for "Osteopathic Medicine and Opioid Crisis" 
  • Third place - Sarah Leep, senior Biology major, for "Blood Donation"
  • Fourth place - Olivia Higgins, junior Pharmacy major, for "International Relations/Rhetoric"

Chris Bondi, public speaking course director, remarked, "It's a testament to the hard work and talent of the students involved that made this contest a success. Everyone was fantastic!"

Students Present Papers at Undergraduate Research Colloquium

Students Present Papers at Undergraduate Research Colloquium

On Friday, November 30, 2018, Chloe Mortenson and Brianna Schmid presented scholarly papers at the Undergraduate Research Colloquium sponsored by the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies.

Mortenson, a senior Communication Studies major, presented her work titled "Fake News: The Relationship Between Rhetoric and Reality," a paper presented at the 2018 National Communication Association conference. Schmid, a senior Corporate Communication major, continued the colloquium with her presentation on her paper "Free College Tuition as a Communication Ethics Conversation."

The Undergraduate Research Colloquium exposes students to the larger communication discipline as they write and present papers in a setting comparable to an academic conference. Students engage their work from a praxis (theory-informed action) approach, reflecting the department mission statements of ‘Walking the Humanities into the Marketplace' and ‘The Ethical Difference.' The praxis approach taken by the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies applies the theories studied in the classroom to the questions or artifacts of this historical moment to open creative ethical insights on current examples in the marketplace.

Graduate student David Impellizzeri receives Top Graduate Student Paper Award at NCA

On Saturday, November 10, 2018, during the National Communication Association's 104th annual convention, Duquesne University Rhetoric Ph.D. graduate student David Impellizzeri received the Top Graduate Student Paper in Philosophy of Communication Award for his essay "Philosophy of Communication at the Interplay of Rhetoric and Poetics in Paul Ricoeur's Threefold Mimesis." David is currently writing his doctoral dissertation on bureaucratic modernity and the recovery of practical reason through a rhetorical education.

Dr. Fritz Honored at NCA: Teachers on Teaching Series: Honoring the Pedagogy of Janie Harden Fritz

Dr. Fritz Recognized by Panel

On November 11, 2018, Janie Harden Fritz, Ph.D., was honored at the 104th annual National Communication Association conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Fritz was honored by a panel of alums discussing the positive impact that Dr. Fritz has had on their professional and personal lives. "Dr. Fritz is an amazing human being. Her mentoring has not only aided in my growth as a professor and scholar, but all the students who come into contact with her," explained Nancy B. Parish, assistant instructional professor at Texas A&M University and panel organizer. "She is one of the most genuine, unselfish, humble, and brilliant scholars I have ever met. Her ability to turn everything around to a teachable moment is impeccable." The presenters also afforded Dr. Fritz the opportunity to discuss her own personal teaching philosophy as well as other points of wisdom and advice. The panel was part of NCA's "Teachers on Teaching Series."

Mary J. Eberhardinger Authors Scholarly Publication

Mary J. Eberhardinger, third-year Rhetoric Ph.D. student at Duquesne University published, "Graduate Student Self-Branding as Integrated Marketing Communication: The Call for Reflexivity." Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, vol. 36, no. 2, 2017, pp. 70-81.

Carissa Kotyuha receives Graduate Paper Award at PCA

Carissa Receiving Award

Carissa Kotyuha receiving award

Seton Hill University hosted the 79th annual Pennsylvania Communication Association conference October 5-6, 2018. Carissa Kotyuha received a Graduate Paper Award for her work-Examining Morality: Sissela Bok's Contributions to Human Communication. Carissa, a 1st year graduate student at Duquesne University, is working on her M.A. in Communication Studies.

Students Share Experiences and Professional Opportunities during Internship Colloquium

Internship Colloquium

Pictured: from left, Miah Dunkleberger Senior IMC Major and Stephen O'Brion Senior Political Science Major Minoring in Corporate Communication

October 17, 2018 - 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 Hello! Productions, at Constituent Services, and with U.S. Senator Bob Casey.

For information on internship opportunities, please email Sarah M.Deluliis, Ph.D., Director of Recruitment and Professional Development.

Duquesne Debating Society Hosts British Debate

British Debate

Pictured: from left, Méabh McMahon Flanagan, Owen Mooney, David DeFelice, and Adam Trainer.

On Monday, October 15th, Duquesne Debating Society hosted the National Communication Association's Committee on International Dialogue and Debate tour. This year marked the 90th anniversary of participation of British women. The debaters included Méabh McMahon Flanagan, representing St. Andrews University, and Owen Mooney, a recent graduate of the University of Glasgow.

The student debaters built their case on the following resolution: "This house would remove the right of the president to nominate judges to the supreme court, and directly elect them instead." Dr. Deluliis remarked, "This opportunity to engage with students from around the world over current and significant issues is an enriching experience for our debaters and everyone in the audience."

With an ending vote of 22 to 15, Duquesne's debaters David DeFelice and Adam Trainer (pictured on right) prevailed, in a spirited exchange, with the proposition Méabh and Owen (pictured on left).

For information on debate or the departmental emphasis on corporate communication, please email Sarah DeIuliis, Ph.D., Duquesne Debating Society Advisor and Director of Recruitment and Professional Development.

Michael R. Kearney receives the Top Graduate Paper Award at PCA

Michael Kearney receiving the award

On October 5-6, 2018, the 79th annual conference of the Pennsylvania Communication Association was hosted at Seton Hill University. Duquesne's own graduate student Michael R. Kearney received the Top Graduate Paper Award for his paper Gadamer's Hermeneutics and the Alien: Playing at Understanding. Michael, a second-year Masters student, is studying rhetoric and philosophy of communication.

Craig T. Maier, Ph.D., receives PCA Research and Scholarship Award

Dr.Arnett and Dr. Maier

Pictured Above: Dr. Arnett presents Dr. Maier with award

On October 5-6, 2018, the 79th annual conference of the Pennsylvania Communication Association was hosted at Seton Hill University. Duquesne's own associate professor Craig T. Maier, Ph.D., was awarded the 2018 Donald H. Ecroyd Research and Scholarship Award. The Donald Ecroyd Research and Scholarship Award recognizes a PCA member who has a commitment to and a sustained record of research and publication in the field of communication.

2018 Fall Open House Announcement

The Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies is pleased to announce Duquesne University's Fall Open House taking place Sunday, September 16th, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Fall Open House welcomes all prospective freshmen and their families. All attendees will have the chance to learn more about the opportunities available at Duquesne through conversations with current undergraduate and graduate students, as well as representatives from Admissions, Financial Aid, and other student service offices. Additionally, attendees will be able to explore the beautiful campus located in the heart of the city. We encourage you to attend, meet our faculty members, hear about our programs, and find out more about the exciting possibilities available at Duquesne University.

To register for this event, please click here

Summer 2018

Michael R. Kearney Authors Scholarly Publication:

Michael R. Kearney, second-year Rhetoric and Philosophy of Communication M.A. student at Duquesne University published, "Communion with Babylon: Alienation, Sacralization, and Hope in Ellul's Technological Society." Journal of Communication and Religion, vol. 41, no. 2, 2018, pp. 58-74.

Alumna Julie A. Cramer Hunsberger receives Award for Dissertation:


Julie A. Cramer Hunsberger recently received the Media Ecology Association 2018 Harold A. Innis Award for Outstanding Thesis or Dissertation in the Field of Media Ecology for her dissertation "Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Marshall McLuhan and Communication Ethics: The Taming of Americanitis." Dr. Ronald C. Arnett served as Julie's dissertation director.

Justin Bonanno Authors Scholarly Publication:

Justin Bonanno, Rhetoric Ph.D. graduate student at Duquesne University published, "Capital as the lens that Bourdieu Pierres through: Public relations, social theory, and rhetoric." Public Relations Review, vol. 44, no. 3, 2018, pp. 385-392.

Faculty Co-Edited Book Publication


Ronald C. Arnett, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies, and François Cooren, Ph.D. (Université de Montréal), Full Professor of Communication at Université de Montréal, have published their edited book, Dialogic Ethics, with John Benjamins Publishing Company.


Faculty and Alumnae Co-Edited Book Publication


Ronald C. Arnett, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies, Annette M. Holba, Ph.D. (Duquesne University), and Susan Mancino, Ph.D. (Duquesne University), have published an edited book, An Encyclopedia of Communication Ethics: Goods in Contention, with Peter Lang Press.

15th National Communication Ethics Conference

Pictured above: Dr. Ronald C. Arnett presents Dr. Kenneth Anderson with the James A. Jaska Scholar in Residence Award in Communication Ethics.

On June 6-8, 2018, The Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University hosted the 15th National Communication Ethics Conference, with 71 national and international scholars and students participating in the event. The conference, sponsored by the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies and the Communication Ethics Institute, focused on the theme of Communication Ethics in an Age of Dispute. Keynote speakers addressed four content areas:

  • Kenneth Andersen, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Content Area: Communication Ethics and Argument
  • Susan Petrilli, University of Bari, Content Area: Communication Ethics and Semiotics
  • Patrick Lee Plaisance, The Pennsylvania State University at University Park, Content Area: Communication Ethics and Communities of Practice
  • Andre E. Johnson, University of Memphis, Content Area: Communication Ethics and Crisis

Additionally, Augusto Ponzio, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Theory of Languages, University of Bari "Aldo Moro," attended the conference as a Plenary Speaker.

The next Communication Ethics Conference will be held in 2020. A Philosophy of Communication Conference will be held in 2019. The Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies encourages all persons interested in communication ethics and philosophy of communication to check periodically for updates and requirements for submitting individual papers and/or panels to our rotating summer conferences.

Spring 2018

Graduate Students Publications and Awards Spring 2018

Graduate Student Publications

Arnett, Ronald C., Susan Mancino and Hannah Karolak. "Emmanuel Levinas: The Turning of Semioethics." In Communicology for the Human Sciences: Lanigan and the Philosophy of Communication, edited by Andrew R. Smith, Isaac E. Catt, and Igor Klukanov (179-200). New York: Peter Lang, 2018.

Langbiir, Lazarus and Susan Mancino. "Responsiveness to the Revelatory: Engaging the Spiritan Mission." Journal of Communication and Religion, 40.3 (2017): 87-101.

Petricini, Tiffany. "Synchronic responsibility: A commentary on Walter J. Ong's work on time and consciousness." Explorations in Media Ecology, 16.2&3 (2017): 195-203.

Tinker, Andrew. "Martin Buber, I-It, and Utopias: Economics and Dialogue in the Age of Neoliberal Globalisation." Journal of Dialogue Studies 5 (2017): 5-22.

Graduate Student Award

Eastern Communication Association Philosophy of Communication Interest Group Top Student Paper: Aurora Pinto, "A Phenomenological Approach to Clayton House as a Place of Memories," Eastern Communication Association, Pittsburgh, PA, April 25-29, 2018.

Eastern Communication Association (ECA) hosts panel in Honor of Ronald C. Arnett, Ph.D., at Annual Convention

On Thursday, April 26th, 2018, the Eastern Communication Association (ECA) hosted a panel in celebration of the work of Ronald C. Arnett, Ph.D., at their 109th annual convention.

Arnett earned a Ph.D. in Interpersonal Communication from Ohio University in 1978 and is chair and professor of the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies. Additionally, he is The Patricia Doherty Yoder and Ronald Wolfe Endowed Chair in Communication Ethics. Arnett is the author/co-author of eleven books and the co-editor of four books. Recent publications of Arnett include Levinas's Rhetorical Demand: The Unending Obligation of Communication Ethics (2017, Southern Illinois University Press) and Corporate Communication Crisis Leadership: Ethics and Advocacy (2017, Business Expert Press). He is the recipient of eight book awards, including the 2017 Top Book award from the National Communication Association's Communication Ethics Division and 2017 Distinguished Book award from National Communication Association's Philosophy of Communication Division for his book Levinas's Rhetorical Demand: The Unending Obligation of Communication Ethics and the 2013 Top Book Award for Communication Ethics in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt's Rhetoric of Warning and Hope from the Communication Ethics Division of the National Communication Association. In 2017, he was named Distinguished Scholar by the National Communication Association. Arnett serves as current editor of Journal of Communication and Religion and former-editor of Review of Communication, in addition to serving on editorial boards for multiple journals. Additionally, Arnett is the current Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Communication Association (PCA) and former Executive Director of the ECA.

During the panel, respondents offered reflections, memories, and anecdotes from their long association with Dr. Arnett. Each panelists highlighted the significant contributions Arnett made-and continues to make-to the field and their personal professional lives. Panel participants hailed from across the United States:

  • Janie M. Harden Fritz, Duquesne University
  • Carl Cates, Arkansas State University
  • Jon A. Hess, University of Dayton
  • Mark Hickson III, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Mary Kahl, Penn State Behrend
  • Deanna D. Sellnow, University of Central Florida
  • Timothy L. Sellnow, University of Central Florida

According to Janie M. Harden Fritz, professor of communication & rhetorical studies and director of the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. programs, "It was a great honor to participate in this panel. The contributions Dr. Arnett has made to the field have, indeed, rippled out extensively through the personal and professional lives of many, many contributors to the communication discipline." Dr. Fritz noted that the room was full of present and former students, colleagues, and professional friends who came to pay tribute to the outstanding and enduring legacy and work of Dr. Ronald C. Arnett.

Janie M. Harden Fritz, Ph.D., gives Keynote Address at 2018 Eastern Communication Association (ECA) Convention

Janie M. Harden Fritz, Ph.D., gives Keynote Address at 2018 Eastern Communication Association (ECA) Convention

Pictured: Janie M. Harden Fritz, Ph.D., professor of communication & rhetorical studies and director of the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. programs, addresses the ECA Convention.

On April 27, 2018, Janie M. Harden Fritz, Ph.D., professor of communication & rhetorical studies and director of the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. programs, gave the keynote address, "Civility: Building Bridges through Communicative Practices," at the Eastern Communication Association (ECA) Convention Awards Ceremony.

Fritz earned a Ph.D. in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993 and specializes in teaching courses such as Interpersonal Communication, Intercultural Communication, Organizational Communication, Communication Research Methods, Communication Ethics and Professional Civility, Rhetoric and Philosophy of Organizational Communication, and Philosophy of Interpersonal Communication. She is the author of Professional Civility: Communicative Virtue at Work (2013); co-editor of Communication Ethics and Crisis: Negotiating Differences in Public and Private Spheres (2012), Problematic Relationships in the Workplace (2006), and Problematic Relationships in the Workplace, Volume 2 (2012); and the co-author of Communication Ethics Literacy: Dialogue and Difference (2009). Fritz is currently the editor of The Journal of the Association for Communication Administration and Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture, in addition to serving on the editorial boards for multiple academic journals. Recently, Fritz has also received the National Communication Association (NCA) Communication Ethics Division 2017 Teaching Award and been named a Distinguished Research Fellow of the ECA in 2014.

In her address, Fritz spoke to attendees of the ECA Convention about the importance of civility as a bridge between persons and positions of difference. By attentiveness to our communicative practices, we protect the good of the public sphere. Fritz recommended an approach to civility articulated by Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island and advocate of religious freedom. In a historical moment where environments are increasingly wrought with disagreement and incivility, Fritz carries an urgent, timely message.

"The address was elegant, thoughtful insightful, and connected to the lives of the audience," said Ronald C. Arnett, Ph.D., department chair and the Patricia Doherty Yoder and Ronald Wolfe Endowed Chair in Communication Ethics. "People sat in mesmerized appreciation."

Graduate Student Aurora Pinto receives top student paper at the 2018 Eastern Communication Association (ECA) Convention

Aurora Pinto, third year Rhetoric Ph.D. student, was awarded the 2018 Eastern Communication Association (ECA) Philosophy of Communication Interest Group Top Student Paper Award for "A Phenomenological Approach to Clayton House as a Place of Memories."

Undergraduate Students Participate in Business & Professional Contest

Undergraduate Students Participate in Business & Professional Contest

Pictured: from left, Mary Eberhardinger, Emily Indof, William Heintz, Christian Grondziowski, Nicholas Jeans, and Mark Gardner

On May 1, six teams presented on a variety of companies including Uber, Monsanto, and Macy's Department Stores in Duquesne University's Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies' Spring 2018 Business and Professional Contest, judged by DJ Bryant (Architectural Designer at AE-7), Laura McIntosh (Communication Specialist at UPMC), and Yasa Petrunak (Senior Marketing Coordinator at AE-7).

  • First place - Emily Indof, William Heintz, Christian Grondziowski, and Nicholas Jeans (presentation topic: Macy's )
  • Runner Up - Vincent Gullo, Ryan Clair, Alyssa Voland, and Caitlin Campas (presentation topic: Macy's )

Other participants included:

  • John Olexsovich, Dillon Penix, Anthony Sanchilli, and Mia Scott (presentation topic: Monsanto)
  • Justin Duffy, Blake Shields, and Lisa Schmidtetter (presentation topic: Uber)
  • Laura Sensabaugh, Victoria Trott, Herbold Wagner, and Danny White (presentation topic: Uber)
  • Christopher Collins, Alexander Hylan, Jordan Roberts, and Adrian Torres (presentation topic: Uber)

Nicholas Jeans, from the winning team, received the inaugural "Top Individual Speaker Award."

Mark Gardner, Business & Professional graduate student course co-director, commented on the professional opportunity afforded to the students: "Our students benefit from the insights provided through individual feedback from our professional judges." Gardner, fourth year Ph.D. in Rhetoric student, also noted, "We enjoy having business students collaborate with our department for this successful event."

Duquesne University Hosts Public Debate Forum

Duquesne University Hosts Public Debate Forum

Pictured: from left, Ryan Katz, Aaron Hill from the University of Pittsburgh

On Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21, Duquesne hosted the Duquesne Debating Society (DDS) Public Debate Forum on Global Communication & Deliberation.

The forum afforded students from a variety of universities the opportunity to debate on subjects such as the United Nations and their role in sanctioning state governments, deliberation rather than civil disobedience to enact social change, and government censorship and its threat to democracy.

The winners of the tournament included Aaron Hill and Ryan Katz from the University of Pittsburgh. Our team members, David DeFelice and Adam Trainer, while unable to place in the finals because Duquesne hosted the event, still performed well in the competition, winning the largest audience margin.

The event also featured a keynote speech from Dr. Janie Harden Fritz on communication ethics and civility.

For information on the Duquesne Debating Society, please email Sarah DeIuliis, Ph.D., Duquesne Debating Society Advisor and Director of Recruitment and Professional Development.

Four Undergraduate Students Honored in Public Speaking Contest Finals

Four Undergraduate Students Honored in Public Speaking Contest Finals

Pictured: From left, Fr. Lazarus Langbiir (Event Judge), Morgnan Hyatt, Fan Tang, Durrant Carlson, Miranda Zarlino, Dr. Susan Mancino (Event Judge), Chris Bondi (Event Judge).

On Friday, April 20, four finalists tested their speech construction and presentation skills while competing at the Duquesne University Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies Public Speaking Contest.

  • First place - Fan Tang, sophomore Biology Pre Med major, for "An Amazing Doctor"
  • Second place - Miranda Zarlino, freshman Education major, for "Should Community Service be a Graduation Requirement?"
  • Third place - Durrant Carlson, sophomore Pharmacy major, for "A Welcome Home"
  • Fourth place - Morgnan Hyatt, sophomore Pharmacy major, for "American Sign Language"

Kati Sudnick, public speaking course director, remarked, "All students who participated in the contest were excellent; we commend everyone for their wonderful speaking skills."

Undergraduate Research Colloquium

Undergraduate Research Colloquium

Pictured: From left, Katherine Rogers, Anna Kemper, Kati Sudnick, Rhetoric Ph.D. student

On Friday, April 20, 2018, Katherine Rogers and Anna Kemper presented scholarly papers at the Undergraduate Research Colloquium sponsored by the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies.

The Undergraduate Research Colloquium exposes students to the larger communication discipline as they write and present papers in a setting comparable to an academic conference. Students engage their work from a praxis (theory-informed action) approach, reflecting the department mission statements of ‘Walking the Humanities into the Marketplace' and ‘The Ethical Difference.' The praxis approach taken by the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies applies the theories studied in the classroom to the questions or artifacts of this historical moment to open creative ethical insights on current examples in the marketplace. 

Rogers is an Integrated Marketing Communication major, and Kemper is a senior Communication Studies major. Rogers's paper, "Acknowledgement of Difference in the Use of Codes: A Communication Ethics Approach," considers the necessity of dialogue for recognizing different understandings of justice. Kemper's paper, "The Presence of Silence: A Universal Language," calls for the importance of silence for reflection.

Rogers will be presenting her paper at the 8th annual James C. McCroskey and Virginia P. Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference (USC) to be held concurrently with the Eastern Communication Association's 109th annual convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 25-29, 2018. Rogers and Kemper will both be entering M.A. in Communication programs at Duquense University in the fall.

"The event was engaging, enriching, and stimulating," said Fr. Lazarus Langbiir, C.S.Sp., and Rhetoric Ph.D. graduate student. "We are impressed by the work of our undergraduate students and we wish them well in their future endeavors." 

This event is held annually; students interested in participating should contact Sarah M. DeIuliis, Ph.D., Visiting Instructor, Duquesne Debating Society Advisor, and Director of Recruitment and Professional Development.

IABC Holds Second Annual Mock Interview Competition

IABC Holds Second Annual Mock Interview Competition

Pictured: From left, David Jakielo, Vincent Gullo, Ashley Stibrik, Erin Manning, Charles Carrier, Philip Clarke, and Jessica White

On April 17, Duquesne University undergraduates competed in the second annual Mock Interview Competition hosted by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), where competitors were allotted 30 minutes to craft a resume and cover letter for a practice interview with local professionals.

Local judges participating in this event included:

  • Charles Carrier, CFO/Controller at BNY Mellon
  • Philip Clarke, Director of Student Services, Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences at Duquesne University
  • David Jakielo, Assistant Director, Annual Giving (Duq. University)

The judges ranked the top three undergraduate finalists:

  • First Place-Erin Manning, Sophomore Corporate Communication Major
  • Second Place-Vincent Gullo, Freshman Econ./Marketing Major
  • Third Place-Ashley Stibrik, Freshman Business/Pre-Law Major

"Interviews can seem daunting to undergraduate students or anyone who hasn't had much experience doing them," said Jessica White, IABC President. "This event allowed students to practice their skills with marketplace professionals who offered advice that could help them in the future. I think our students found this experience to be extremely rewarding."

For more information about IABC, please contact the faculty advisors, Dr. John Rief or Dr. Anthony Wachs.

Sarah DeIuliis, Ph.D., Receives National Educational Debate Association President's Award

Sarah DeIuliis, Ph.D., Visiting Instructor, Duquesne Debating Society Advisor, and Director of Recruitment and Professional Development, is the recipient of the National Educational Debate Association President's Award.

The department congratulates Sarah on this recognition and her commitment to debate!

Patricia Doherty Yoder recipient of Anthony L. Bucci Excellence in Communication Ethics Award

Patricia Doherty Yoder recipient of Anthony L. Bucci Excellence in Communication Ethics Award

Pictured: From left, Ken Gormley, University President, Patricia Yoder, award recipient, Ronald C. Arnett, Ph.D. and Department Chair, Anthony L. Bucci, Chairman of Marc UCA

On Friday, April 13, 2018, Patricia Doherty Yoder was presented the Anthony L. Bucci Excellence in Communication Ethics Award by the Ken Gormley, Duquesne University President, and the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies to honor her successful career as an American Public Relations Executive.

Patricia Doherty Yoder is a 1961 alumna of Duquesne University and has held many Executive Management Positions in Fortune 100 and Fortune 50 Corporations, including: Avis, General Electric Capital (GE Capital), and PNC Financial. Yoder has been elected "Outstanding Woman in Business and Industry" Pittsburgh and awarded with: the Distinguished Alumni Award, Duquesne University McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts (1996); the McAnulty Award for Extraordinary Service to Duquesne University; Who's Who in America; Who's Who in Women; and Who's Who in Finance. Additionally, she is a co-funder of the Patricia Doherty Yoder and Ronald Wolfe Endowed Chair in Communication Ethics currently held by Ronald C. Arnett, Department Chair and professor.

During the award ceremony, Yoder spoke to current B.A. inductees of the Lambda Pi Eta (LPE) National Communication Honor Society about the value of a liberal arts education from Duquesne University, which affords a commitment to learning, critical thinking, and a strong work ethic to engage the marketplace with courageous leaps in a career trajectory to make additive, constructive change. 

Janie M. Harden Fritz, Ph.D., professor of communication & rhetorical studies and director of the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. programs, said, "The LPE Event this year was significant for many reasons. First, we mark a legacy defined by Tony Bucci, who funded the Marc Center for Excellence two decades ago when approached by department chair Ronald C. Arnett, Ph.D. Bucci believed in our program at a time when many could not envision the potential for excellence promised by a new program that dared to suggest walking the humanities into the marketplace with the ethical difference. The recipient of the Anthony L. Bucci Award for Excellence in Communication Ethics, Patricia Doherty Yoder, exemplifies excellence in liberal and professional education. She forged a path few women trod, pursuing excellence of professional praxis in the communication industry from a liberal arts ground that equipped her to think, communicate, and discern excellence in the professional world. We are so pleased that our Lambda Pi Eta students, who have excelled academically, could hear the important message Patricia Doherty Yoder provided as guidance for young professionals. We are thankful to President Gormley for his presence and acknowledgement of the accomplishments of the department, excellence of student achievement, the enduring gift of Tony Bucci, and the outstanding contributions of Patricia Doherty Yoder to ethical professional practice in the marketplace." 

Fritz went on to note, "The presence of Patricia Doherty Yoder and Ronald Wolfe, who inaugurated the Patricia Doherty Yoder and Ronald Wolfe Endowed Chair in Communication Ethics, was deeply meaningful for our department. Their funding of this chair, held by internationally known dialogue scholar Ronald C. Arnett, Ph.D., our department chair, demonstrates their recognition of the important role scholarship plays in shaping and understanding the lived world. The questions engaged in the classroom respond to those of the historical moment; students who grapple with these ideas leave prepared to face the ongoing demands of the day.

"Patricia Doherty Yoder represents, both in her person in and through her contributions to this endowed chair, the importance of the liberal arts to professional practice. The liberal arts provide the lens from which the professional practices of the marketplace are brought into focus. Organizational leaders are formed by the liberal arts, where practices of thinking and communicating are nurtured, grown, and encouraged. Patricia Doherty Yoder acknowledges the seamless connection between the liberal arts and organizational leadership by nurturing the site where the emergent ideas guiding professional practices and communities emerge."

2018 Lambda Pi Eta (LPE) Induction Ceremony

2018 Lambda Pi Eta (LPE) Induction Ceremony

Pictured: Department faculty welcomes LPE Undergraduate Inductees to the organization.

On April 13, the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies acknowledged the academic achievements of undergraduate and graduate communication scholars at the LPE Induction Ceremony. 

Patricia Doherty Yoder received the Anthony L. Bucci Excellence in Communication Ethics Award and gave a keynote address, drawing on her practical experience grounded in the many positions she held during her career as an American Public Relations Executive from Press Secretary for the United States House of Representatives and management positions in Fortune 100 and Fortune 50 Corporations including Avis, General Electric Capital (GE Capital) and PNC Financial. She gave a keynote address on the importance of a liberal arts education for this historical moment, drawing upon her rich experience in multiple employment settings. Yoder demonstrates to students how a liberal arts education provides the tools for working and succeeding in any job context. 

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: Ryan Abraham, Emily Accorsi, Stephanie Buzzatto, Maria Ciarrocca, Kaitlin R. Conklin, Anna Rose Cunningham, Miah Leigh Dunkleberger, Savanna L. Edmunds, Jamie Egan, Allison Fischer, Jean Rex Geary, Madisen Grimaldi, Julie Jameson, Shannon Kunz, Maureen Lenahan, Marcelius Lewis II, Brittney Lybarger, Raechel Elizabeth Mabie, Marianna Manfredi, Abigail Marotta, Chloe Mortenson, Hannah Murray, Hoan Ngo, Eliza Nickman, Megan Pieto, Andrė Puleo, Megan Ritchie, Brianna Schmid, Kyleigh Smith, Austin Stout, Adam Trainer, and Jessica Sinclair White.

Likewise, the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies recognized the exemplary teaching and service of graduate students. Aurora Pinto received the Richard H. Thames Teaching Award and Mark Gardner received the Donald Clark Edwards Service Award.

Janie M. Harden Fritz, Ph.D., professor of communication & rhetorical studies and director of the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. programs, said, "The LPE Event this year was significant for many reasons. We mark a legacy defined by Tony Bucci, who funded the Marc Center for Excellence two decades ago. This year's recipient of the Anthony L. Bucci Award for Excellence in Communication Ethics, Patricia Doherty Yoder, exemplifies excellence in liberal and professional education. We are so pleased that our Lambda Pi Eta students, who have excelled academically, could hear the important message Patricia Doherty Yoder provided as guidance for young professionals. We are especially thankful to President Gormley for his presence at this event and ongoing support for our department."

Ronald C. Arnett, Ph.D. and Susan Mancino, Ph.D. lecture at Adam Mickiewicz University through Erasmus+ Exchange

Eramus+ Exchange

Pictured: From left, Susan Mancino, Ph.D. and Ronald C. Arnett, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies

Ronald C. Arnett, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies, and Susan Mancino, Ph.D., traveled to Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland through the Erasmus+ Exchange to lecture in their areas of academic expertise.

Arnett provided lectures on corporate communication and communication ethics. Mancino presented her work detailing the intersections between Umberto Eco and cultural lists.

"This international recognition of scholarly excellence is an honor for our department, college, and university," stated Janie Harden Fritz, Ph.D., professor of communication & rhetorical studies and director of the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. programs.

National Educational Debate Association (NEDA) Nationals Tournament hosted at Duquesne University

On Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24, Duquesne University hosted the National Educational Debate Association (NEDA) Nationals Tournament.

Our team, consisting of Solstice Leed, Alexander Wolfe, Kolten Hilterman, Noah Martins, and Adam Ruby, won second place in the sweepstakes division as well as numerous awards throughout the competition.

For information on the Duquesne Debating Society, please email Sarah DeIuliis, Ph.D., Duquesne Debating Society Advisor and Director of Recruitment and Professional Development.

Spring 2018 Bridging Opportunities Networking Event: Professional Meet & Greet Event

Bridging Opportunities Networking Event

Pictured: Some of the PRSSA members welcoming guests.

PITTSBURGH - On March 23, Duquesne University undergraduate and graduate students met with representatives from five local organizations representing a diverse selection of industry sectors in the 3rd Annual Bridging Opportunities Networking Event sponsored by the Duquesne University Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).

The event provides students an informal way to get to know organizations. Students met with organizations in a series of five seven-minute rounds of "speed-networking" that allowed them to ask questions, make connections, and learn about potential career paths open to them as communication & rhetorical studies majors (integrated marketing communication, corporate communication, communication studies, or rhetoric).

According to Shannon Keys, Duquesne PRSSA president, the "intimate setting" of the event begets success. "It is not like a job fair where you can barely introduce yourself to a professional-at 'Bridging Opportunities,' you can have genuine conversations with experts who will help guide your future in a meaningful and realistic direction," said Keys. "Networking shouldn't be intimidating; it should be relatable and personable, and that is what we strive to accomplish." Organizations in attendance:

  • A to Z Communications - Keynote speaker, Nicole Bruno, Junior Account Executive
  • Pittsburgh Cultural Trust - Caitlyn Braun, Show Marketing Manager
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Lauren DiMaria, Campaign Director
  • Marc USA - Jenna Weinholtz (Account Executive), Brandy Mitchell (New Business Development Supervisor)
  • Havas PR - Brian Ackermann (Assistant Account Executive), Kariann Mano (Assistant Account Executive)

"This was a great opportunity for our students to network with professionals within the Public Relations field in an intimate and personable setting," said Dr. Wachs, co-director of the undergraduate and graduate programs in the Department of Communication & Rhetorical studies and faculty advisor to Duquesne PRSSA. "This event really helps students create professional connections to local companies and gain insight into career possibilities."

For more information on Duquesne PRSSA or the undergraduate program, please email Dr. Wachs, one of the organization's faculty advisors.

International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) hosts professional networking event: "Bridges to Success"

International Association of Business Communicators

Pictured left to right: Karris Jackson, Ashley Stibrik (IABC member), Harry Johnson II, Candace Okello, Quincey Swatson, Nina Midgley, and IABC President, Jessica White.

On March 22, Duquesne University undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty networked with representatives of local companies at the "Bridges to Success" event. The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), a student association within the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies, hosted this networking opportunity at Duquesne University.

President Jessica White commented, "It was exciting to collaborate with local organizations and witness students participating in an incredible networking opportunity. Each speaker offered a personal story and beneficial advice for upcoming graduates entering the marketplace."

Special thanks to the Duquesne Program Council, who provided funds for this successful event.

The following companies and representatives attended:

  • Nina Midgley, Owner, My Favorite Sweet Shoppe
  • Karris Jackson, Program Manager, Poise Foundation
  • Quincy Swatson, CEO, The Door Campaign
  • Harry Johnson II, Community Manager, BMe Community
  • Candace Okello, Director of Multicultural Affairs, LaRoche College

IABC, a global network established in 1970, seeks to improve organizational effectiveness by developing the communication skills of students and professionals. The Duquesne University IABC affords undergraduates the opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge while networking with local professionals.

For more information about IABC, please contact Dr. John Rief, one of the organization's faculty advisors.

Students share experiences and professional opportunities during internship colloquium:

Internship Colloquium

Pictured: from left, Sarah M. Deluliis, Ph.D., Director of Recruitment and Professional Development, Olivia Delaney, Senior IMC, Rachel Williams, Senior Spanish Communication, Brianna Schmid, Junior Corporate Communication, Julie Jameson, Junior Corporate Communication.

Feb. 28 - 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 Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, Pauleenanne Design: Event Planning, and the Warren County Courthouse.

For information on internship opportunities, please email Sarah M.Deluliis, Ph.D., Director of Recruitment and Professional Development.

Graduate Student Andrew Tinker Authors Scholarly International Journal Publication:

Andrew Tinker, Rhetoric Ph.D. graduate student at Duquesne University, has published "Martin Buber, I-It, and Utopias: Economics and Dialogue in the Age of Neoliberal Globalisation," in Journal of Dialogue Studies, volume 5, Autumn 2017 (pp. 5-22).

Dr. Janie Harden Fritz, Professor of Communication & Rhetorical Studies, keynotes Fashion Institute of Technology's Spring Convocation:

Janie Harden Fritz, Ph.D., Professor of Communication & Rhetorical Studies, was the featured speaker at Fashion Institute of Technology's spring convocation. Her address, "Pedagogical Civility: Protecting and Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion," marked the start of F. I. T.'s civility initiative. Located in Manhattan at the edge of the historic garment district, Fashion Institute of Technology is part of the State University System of New York and offers a traditional liberal arts education as well as degrees in fashion and related professional specializations.

Graduate Students Susan Mancino and Hannah Karolak Co-Author Book Chapter:

Susan Mancino, Rhetoric Ph.D. graduate student at Duquesne University, and Hannah Karolak, Rhetoric Ph.D. student at Duquesne University, have published "Emmanuel Levinas: The Turning of Semioethics" with Dr. Ronald C. Arnett in Communicology for the Human Sciences: Lanigan and the Philosophy of Communication, edited by Andrew R. Smith, Isaac E. Catt, and Igor Klukanov (New York: Peter Lang).

Rogers accepted to ECA Undergraduate Scholars Convention


Katherine Rogers, senior Integrated Marketing Communication major, had her paper "Acknowledgement of Difference in the Use of Codes: A Communication Ethics Approach" accepted for presentation at the 8th annual James C. McCroskey and Virginia P. Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference (USC) to be held concurrently with the Eastern Communication Association's 109th annual convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 25-29, 2018. The department congratulates Katherine on her exemplary scholarship!

Rhetoric Ph.D. Alumna Amanda G. McKendree named Arthur F. and Mary J. O'Neil Director of the Eugene D. Fanning Center for Business Communication at University of Notre Dame

Amanda G. McKendree, (Ph.D. Duquesne University), has been named the Arthur F. and Mary J. O'Neil Director of the Eugene D. Fanning Center for Business Communication. The Fanning Center assists members of the Notre Dame community in the achievement of their academic, intellectual, and professional goals by providing instruction and coaching in business writing, presenting, communication strategy, and other dimensions of business communication.

As director, Amanda will be responsible for developing curriculum, expanding the Center's impressive case collection, managing relationships with internal and external university partners, and advancing the Fanning Center as a world-class academic organization for business communication.

Amanda was hired by the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame in 2014 as an associate teaching professor of management. Her research examines crisis communication, conflict communication, and the influence of rhetoric on organizational identity. She is published in the SAGE Encyclopedia of Identity, Business Communication Quarterly, Teaching Ideas for the Basic Communication Course, Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, and Review of Communication. She is coauthor of Conflict between Persons: The Origins of Leadership.

She currently serves as the chair of the Communication Ethics Division of the National Communication Association and vice president of the Pennsylvania Communication Association. She is also a member of the Midwest Regional Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Consortium executive committee, the Management Communication Association, the Association for Business Communication, and Page Up, the professional development organization of the Arthur W. Page Society.

The Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies congratulates Dr. McKendree on her new position!

Graduate Students Lazarus Langbiir, C.S.Sp. and Susan Mancino Co-Authored Scholarly Journal Publication:

Graduate students Lazarus Langbiir, C.S.Sp. and Susan Mancino have co-authored "Responsiveness to the Revelatory: Engaging the Spiritan Mission" in the Journal of Communication and Religion, volume 40, issue 3 (pp. 87-101).

Graduate Student Tiffany Petricini Single-Authored Scholarly Journal Publication:

Tiffany Petricini, Rhetoric Ph.D. graduate student at Duquesne University, has published "Synchronic responsibility: A commentary on Walter J. Ong's work on time and consciousness" in Explorations in Media Ecology, volume 16, issue 2&3 (pp. 195-203).

Fall 2017

Graduate Students Publications and Awards Fall 2017

Graduate Student Publications

Arnett, Ronald C., Sarah M. Flinko, and Matthew Corr. Corporate Communication Crisis Leadership: Ethics and Advocacy. New York, NY: Business Expert Press, 2017.

Garrett, Erik and Alexander Regina. "Phenomenology and the phantom stadia phenomenon: Forbes Field and Comiskey Park remembered." In Communication and the baseball stadium: Community, commodification, fanship, and memory. Eds. D. Herbeck and S. Drucker. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2016.

Maier, Craig T. and Jonathan R. Crist. "From ‘wicked crisis' to responsive witness: Jean-Luc Marion and the American Roman Catholic sexual abuse scandal." Southern Communication Journal 82.3 (2017): 164-174.

Mancino, Susan. "Philosophy of Communication and the Infinity of Lists: The Interplay of the Poetic and Pragmatic." The Atlantic Journal of Communication 25.3 (2017): 139-150.

McDowell Marinchak, Christina L., David DeIuliis, and Sarah Flinko DeIuliis. "Finding Clarity: Professional Civility and the Art of Listening in Effective Business Communication." Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture 52.2 (2017): 66-84.

Graduate Student Awards

National Communication Association Communication Ethics Division Top Student Paper: David Impellizzeri, "Recovering the Self and Practical Reason: Charles Taylor at the Intersection of Communication Ethics, Rhetoric, and Hermeneutics," National Communication Association, Dallas, TX, November 16-19, 2017.

Religious Communication Association Dissertation Award: Joshua Hill, "The Return of Participatory Scriptural Hermeneutics in Evangelicalism: An Augustinian Philosophy of Communication," Religious Communication Association, Dallas, TX, November 15, 2017.

Pennsylvania Communication Association 2017 Graduate Writing Competition, 1st Place: Michael Kearney, "Emergence, Origin, and the Revealing of Deus Absconditus: Two Readings of the Communicative Triad," Pennsylvania Communication Association, Pittsburgh, PA, September 29-30, 2017.

Faculty Books and Awards Fall 2017

Faculty Books

Arnett, Ronald C., Sarah M. Flinko, and Matthew Corr. Corporate Communication Crisis Leadership: Ethics and Advocacy. New York, NY: Business Expert Press, 2017.

Arnett, Ronald C. Levinas's Rhetorical Demand: The Unending Obligation of Communication Ethics. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2017. Winner of Philosophy of Communication Division's award for Distinguished Book, National Communication Association, 2017, and Communication Ethics Division's Top Book award, National Communication Association, 2017.

Faculty Awards

International Communicology Institute Laureate Fellow Award: Pat Arneson.

International Communicology Institute Laureate Fellow Award: Ronald C. Arnett.

Kenneth Burke Society Distinguished Service Award: Richard H. Thames.

National Communication Association Distinguished Scholar Award: Ronald C. Arnett. National Communication Association, Dallas, TX, November 16-19, 2017.

National Communication Association Communication Ethics Division Top Book Award: Ronald C. Arnett, Levinas's Rhetorical Demand: The Unending Obligation of Communication Ethics. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2017. National Communication Association, Dallas, TX, November 16-19, 2017.

National Communication Association Communication Ethics Division Teaching Award: Janie M. Harden Fritz. National Communication Association, Dallas, TX, November 16-19, 2017.

National Communication Association Communication Philosophy of Communication Division Distinguished Book Award: Ronald C. Arnett, Levinas's Rhetorical Demand: The Unending Obligation of Communication Ethics. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2017. National Communication Association, Dallas, TX, November 16-19, 2017.

National Communication Association Communication Philosophy of Communication Division Distinguished Journal Article Award: Garnet C. Butchart, "The Communicology of Roland Barthes's Camera Lucida: Reflections on the Sign-Body Experience of Communication," Visual Communication, 15.2 (2016): 199-219. National Communication Association, Dallas, TX, November 16-19, 2017.

Pennsylvania Communication Association 2017 Harvey Kelley Award for Excellence in Teaching: Craig T. Maier. Pennsylvania Communication Association, Pittsburgh, PA, September 29-30, 2017.

Religious Communication Association Book of the Year Award: Craig T. Maier, Communicating Catholicism: Rhetoric, Ecclesial Leadership, and the Future of the Roman Catholic Diocese. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2016. Religious Communication Association, Dallas, TX, November 15, 2017.

Southern States Communication Association Gender Scholar of the Year Award: Pat Arneson, Southern States Communication Association, Greenville, SC, April 5-9, 2017.

Faculty Sarah Flinko DeIuliis, ABD, Rhetoric Ph.D. student, Co-Authored Scholarly Journal Publication:

Sarah Flinko DeIuliis, Visiting Instructor and ABD Rhetoric Ph.D. student at Duquesne University, has published "Finding Clarity: Professional Civility and the Art of Listening in Effective Business Communication," with Dr. Christina L. McDowell Marinchak and Dr. David DeIuliis in Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture, volume 52, issue 2 (pp. 66-84).

The Rachel Kosko, Ph.D., Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies Christmas Gathering

Rhetorical Studies Christmas Gathering

Pictured above: Kosko Family and Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies Faculty Members (Dr. Ronald C. Arnett, Dr. Janie M. Harden Fritz, and Rita McCaffrey). Also pictured: Millie Arnett (wife of Dr. Ronald C. Arnett), Rick Kapusta, Dr. Susan Kapusta (Rhetoric Ph.D. Alumna).

On December 8, 2017, the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies held the annual Departmental Christmas Party honoring the memory of Rachel Kosko, a December 2015 graduate of the Rhetoric Ph.D. program. Rachel's family members attended the inaugural event. Dr. Arnett remarked, "we have named our annual Christmas gathering in honor of Rachel, who unfortunately passed away on September 14, 2017. We are honored to have known her and her family." The party provides an opportunity for graduate students and faculty to come together and celebrate the successful semester and holiday season.

Special thanks to Sarah Deluliis, Visiting Instructor, Mrs. Rita McCaffrey, Administrative Assistant, Nick Milone, Mary Wattick, and LPE Students for planning the event.

Business & Professional Contest

Business & Professional Contest

Pictured: from left, Mary Eberhardinger, Mark Gardner, and the winning team

On December 5, five teams participated in Duquesne University's Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies' Fall 2017 Business and Professional Contest, judged by Carrie Flickinger (second year rhetoric Ph.D. student), Dan Deluliis (Senior Marketing Strategist, Highmark Health), and Mark Bertolet (Allegheny Co. Department of Human Services).

First place - Devon Fleck, Jason Fullmer, Solomon Averbach, Maddie Baker (presentation topic: United Airlines)
Runner-Up - Vince Carrola, Helena Appish-Kubi, and Alexa Friday (presentation topic: Macy's)
Honorable Mention - Nisha Gramopadhye, Joshua Grove, Nichole Brash, and Sophia Williams (presentation topic: Volkswagen)

Mary Eberhardinger, Business & Professional graduate student course co-director, remarked, "The event builds camaraderie and a sense of pride for the accumulation of work performed over the course of the semester."

Undergraduate Research Colloquium

Undergraduate Research Colloquium

Pictured: From left, Lindsay Crowe, Torben Breitkopf, and Sarah M. DeIuliis, M. A.

On Friday, December 1, 2017, Lindsay Crowe and Torben Breitkopf presented scholarly papers at the Undergraduate Research Colloquium sponsored by the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies.

The Undergraduate Research Colloquium provides an opportunity for students to engage in liberal arts scholarship through a praxis (theory-informed action) approach tied to the departmental mission statements of ‘Walking the Humanities into the Marketplace' and ‘The Ethical Difference.' The praxis approach offers a lens for the theoretical work of the classroom to be applied to, or ‘walked into,' real-world artifacts and examples in the marketplace, which opens a broadened ethical horizon of understanding on the topic selected by the student.

Crowe is a senior corporate communication major, and Breitkopf is a sophomore integrated marketing communication major. Crowe's paper, "The National Hockey League Confronting Concussions," explored ways by which the NHL can address the issue of brain injuries. Breitkopf's paper, "Film, Gender, and Public Relations," reviewed the issue of gender
(in)equality within Hollywood. 

This event is held annually; students interested in participating should contact Sarah M. DeIuliis, M. A.

Eight Undergraduate Students Honored and Compete in Public Speaking Contest Finals

Public Speaking Contest Finals

Pictured: From left, Susan Mancino (Event Judge), Dejah Braggs, Ross Aguilar, Dominic Lea, David Rogers, Andrew Tinker (Event Judge)

On Friday, December 1, eight finalists qualified from a round of 17 semi-finalists on Tuesday to present at the Duquesne University Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies Public Speaking Contest to honor and test their speech constructing and presenting skills. 

• First place - David Rogers, sophomore Pharmacy major, for "Vaccines"
• Second place - Dejah Braggs, sophomore Digital Media/Public Relations major, for "Child Stardom"
• Third place - Dominic Lea, sophomore Political Science major, for "Hate Groups"
• Fourth place - Ross Aguilar, sophomore Physics/Engineering major, for "Guys, It's on Us"

Andrew Tinker, event judge, remarked, "I was very impressed with the variety of subjects and the professionalism with which the Duquesne students presented themselves. Our public speaking students really excelled."

Faculty receive six awards, graduate students receive two awards at 2017 National Communication Association (NCA) Convention

Faculty Awards

National Communication Association (NCA) Convention

Pictured: From left, Dr. Ronald C. Arnett and Dr. Stephen J. Hartnett, NCA President

Dr. Ronald C. Arnett received the 2017 NCA Distinguished Scholar Award.

Dr. Ronald C. Arnett received the NCA Communication Ethics Division 2017 Top Book Award for Levinas's Rhetorical Demand: The Unending Obligation of Communication Ethics.

Dr. Ronald C. Arnett received the NCA Philosophy of Communication Division 2017 Distinguished Book Award for Levinas's Rhetorical Demand: The Unending Obligation of Communication Ethics.

Communication Ethics Division 2017 Teaching Award

Pictured: From left, Dr. Janie M. Harden Fritz and Dr. Ronald C. Arnett

Dr. Janie M. Harden Fritz received the NCA Communication Ethics Division 2017 Teaching Award.

Communication Division 2017 Distinguished Journal Article Award

Pictured: From left, Dr. Ronald C. Arnett and Dr. Garnet C. Butchart

Dr. Garnet C. Butchart received NCA Philosophy of Communication Division 2017 Distinguished Journal Article Award for "The Communicology of Roland Barthes's Camera Lucida: Reflections on the Sign-Body Experience of Communication."

Dr. Craig T. Maier received the Religious Communication Association (RCA) 2017 Book of the Year Award for Communicating Catholicism: Rhetoric, Ecclesial Leadership, and the Future of the Roman Catholic Diocese.

Graduate Student Awards

Joshua Hill (Rhetoric Ph.D. alumnus) received the 2017 Religious Communication Association (RCA) Dissertation Award for "The Return of Participatory Scriptural Hermeneutics in Evangelicalism: An Augustinian Philosophy of Communication."

Communication Ethics Division Top Student Paper Award

Pictured: From left, Dr. John Prellwitz (Rhetoric Ph.D. alumnus), David Impellizzeri, and Dr. Amanda McKendree (Rhetoric Ph.D. alumna)

David Impellizzeri received the Communication Ethics Division Top Student Paper Award for "Recovering the Self and Practical Reason: Charles Taylor at the Intersection of Communication Ethics, Rhetoric, and Hermeneutics."

International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Event: "Sustainable Careers in Pittsburgh" 

On October 19, 66 Duquesne undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty networked with representatives of local companies at the "Sustainable Careers in Pittsburgh" event hosted by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) at Duquesne University, a student club sponsored by the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies. The Duquesne Program Council provided funds for the event.

Both undergraduate communication and business students, among others, attended. The speakers encouraged students to "Choose Pittsburgh" as a place to work, live, and thrive. After the speeches, there was time for the students to network with the speakers to ask individual questions and gain insight, advice, and guidance about the future job market.

"The IABC Sustainable Careers in Pittsburgh event was an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to network closely with professionals in various industries in the region," said Jessica White, president of Duquesne IABC and major in the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies. "Students seemed to enjoy how much the professionals wanted to help them learn and grow. This event was a first for IABC and there is sure to be more to look forward to in the future."

The following companies and representatives attended:

Reed Smith, LLP, CPA/recent COO, Nicholas Bagiatis
Federated Investors, Application Architect and Computer Programmer Manager, Joseph Book
The Door Campaign, Founder/CEO, Quincy Swatson
Highmark Health, Senior Marketing Strategist, Dan DeIuliis

IABC (est. 1970) is a worldwide organization of communication professionals dedicated to refining organizational effectiveness via strategic communication, providing members opportunities for networking, career development, and personal growth. The Duquesne University IABC affords undergraduates such opportunities through practical occasions for the application of theoretical material learned in the classroom, as students network with for-profit and non-profit organizations and engage research projects surrounding IMC and corporate communication practices.

"This event featured key themes from our organizational mission including networking and mentoring. We were happy to see so many students in attendance and are grateful for the participation of our guest speakers," said Dr. John J. Rief, IABC Advisor. "We hope to offer future programming that builds on this success and provides opportunities for our student leadership and stakeholders to connect their learning on campus to opportunities in the marketplace."

For more information on IABC, please contact Dr. John J. Rief, IABC Advisor.

Alumna Christina McDowell Marinchak, Ph.D., Named Associate Dean:

Christina McDowell Marinchak, Ph.D. (Duquesne, 2012), has been promoted to College of Business and Public Policy, Interim Associate Dean for Assessment and Accreditation at the University of Alaska Anchorage. The Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies congratulates Dr. McDowell Marinchak!

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

On Monday, October 30th, the 95th annual British Tour of the U.S. (hosted by the Committee on International Discussion and Debate at the National Communication Association) will be visiting Duquesne University as part of the Fr. Sean M. Hogan, C.S.Sp., International Debate series.

The debaters will be coming to a strategic communication course taught by Ronald C. Arnett, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies. This course is closely tied to the departmental focus on corporate communication grounded in a praxis orientation that considers theories and their application to the needs of organizations, thereby fostering new understandings of and directions for organizational leadership.

For information on debate or the departmental emphasis on corporate communication, please email Sarah DeIuliis, M.A., Duquesne Debating Society Advisor and Director of Recruitment and Professional Development.

Internship Colloquium

Internship Colloquium

Pictured: from left, Sarah M. Deluliis, M.A., Director of Recruitment and Professional Development, Rebecca Pratt, Senior IMC, Liz-Ann Inglisa, Senior IMC, Elisabeth Schrock, Senior IMC.

Oct. 11 - 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 Epic Metals Corporation, FutureDerm, Cox Media Group, Spand-Ice, WITF (NPR).

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

Faculty and Graduate Student Book Publication

Ronald C. Arnett, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies, Sarah Flinko DeIuliis, ABD, Rhetoric Ph.D. student at Duquesne University, and Matthew Corr, ABD, Rhetoric Ph.D. student at Duquesne University have published Corporate Communication Crisis Leadership: Ethics and Advocacy, with Business Expert Press.

This book appears in a Public Relations Collection edited by Don W. Stacks and Donald K. Wright, two acclaimed public relations practitioners and instructors at the university level.

The book addresses strategic moments of leadership during corporate communication crises, examining the interplay of issue, argument, conflict, and crisis in eventual organization success or failure to explicate the performative consequences of inadequacy in crisis leadership.

Alumnus Joshua Hill, Ph.D., Received (RCA) Award:

Joshua Hill, Ph.D. (Duquesne University), received the 2017 Religious Communication Association Dissertation Award for his dissertation, "The Return of Participatory Scriptural Hermeneutics in Evangelicalism: An Augustinian Philosophy of Communication."

Faculty Craig T. Maier, Ph.D., Received (RCA) Book of the Year Award:

Craig T. Maier, Ph.D. (Duquesne University), Assistant Professor of Communication & Rhetorical Studies, received the Religious Communication Association Book of the Year Award for Communicating Catholicism: Rhetoric, Ecclesial Leadership, and the Future of the American Roman Catholic Diocese (2016, Fairleigh Dickinson Press).

This book addresses issues emerging in American Catholicism, drawing upon relevant literature in Catholic theology, philosophy of communication, corporate communication scholarship, and Maier's over twelve years' experience working as a communication professional to guide a different, fruitful understanding of the future of American Catholic ecclesial leadership for diocesan leaders, scholars, and observers.

2017 Pennsylvania Communication Association (PCA) Awards

2017 Pennsylvania Communication Association (PCA) Awards

Pictured: Janie M. Harden Fritz, Ph.D., presents Craig T. Maier, Ph.D., the Harvey Kelley Excellence in Teaching Award.

Duquesne University administration, faculty, students, and alumni were honored for their contributions in teaching, scholarship, and service at the 78th Annual Conference of the Pennsylvania Communication Association, held September 29-30 at Duquesne University.

  • Kenneth G. Gormley, J.D. (Harvard Law School), President of Duquesne University, was honored with the 2017 Pennsylvania Communication Association Speaker of the Year Award. 
  • Craig T. Maier, Ph.D. (Duquesne University), Assistant Professor of Communication & Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University, received the Harvey Kelley Award for Excellence in Teaching.
  • Cem Zeytinoglu, Ph.D. (Duquesne University), Associate Professor of Communication at East Stroudsburg University, was awarded the Carroll Arnold Distinguished Service Award.
  • Michael Kearney, first year M.A. student at Duquesne University, received first place honors in the 2017 graduate writing competition for his paper, "Emergence, Origin, and the Revealing of Deus Absconditus: Two Readings of the Communicative Triad."

The conference, themed "Disruption, Interruption, and Communication (Im)Possibilities," featured over 100 participants organized into approximately 25 panel sessions and two short courses. A pre-conference, "Phenomenology of Crisis," was held on Friday, as well.

Three invited speakers offered keynote presentations:

  • Barbara Biesecker, Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh), Professor and Head in the Department of Speech at University of Georgia, recipient of the 2017 Julia T. Wood Teacher/Scholar Award, spoke on emerging challenges in communication education and public universities.
  • Marianne Dainton, Ph.D. (Ohio University), Associate Professor of Communication at La Salle University, received the 2017 Donald H. Ecroyd Research and Scholarship Award and led a plenary session titled "Relationships and Crisis: Maintenance During Disruption and Interruption."
  • Matthew Seeger, Ph.D. (Indiana University), Dean of the College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts and Professor of Communication at Wayne State University, spoke on the water crisis in Flint Michigan.

"I was impressed by the quality of presentations, the richness of ideas, and the attendance of undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members," noted Janie M. Harden Fritz, Ph.D. "The conference truly showcased the wonderful diversity of our field."

Duquesne University to Host Pennsylvania Communication Association Conference

On September 29-30, 2017, Duquesne University will host the 78th annual conference of the Pennsylvania Communication Association. The pre-conference, "Phenomenology of Crisis," will be held on Friday, September 29, and the conference, with the theme of "Disruption, Interruption, and Communication (Im)Possibilities," will begin on Friday and continue on to Saturday.

For more information on the conference, please visit the PCA website here.

Fall Open House Announcement

The Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies is pleased to announce Duquesne University's Fall Open House on Sunday, September 17th, 2017, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Fall Open House welcomes all prospective freshmen and their families. All attendees have the chance to learn more about the opportunities available at Duquesne through conversations with current graduate and undergraduate students, as well as representatives from Admissions, Financial Aid, and other student service offices. Additionally, attendees are able to explore the beautiful campus located in the heart of the city. We encourage you to attend, meet our faculty members, hear about our programs, and find out more about the exciting possibilities available at Duquesne University.

To register for this event, please click here.

Summer 2017

Alumnus Alexander Regina, Ph.D., Co-Authored Book Chapter Publication:

Alexander Regina, Rhetoric Ph.D. graduate student at Duquesne University, has published "Phenomenology and the phantom stadia phenomenon: Forbes Field and Comiskey Park remembered" with Dr. Erik Garrett in Communication and the baseball stadium: Community, commodification, fanship, and memory, edited by D. Herbeck and S. Drucker (New York: Peter Lang Publishing).

Faculty Erik Garrett, Ph.D., Received Volunteer of the Year Award

Erik Garrett, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies, is the recipient of the 2016 Joseph Lagana Homeless Children's Education Fund Volunteer of the Year Award.

We applaud Dr. Garrett's civic engagement!

Faculty Richard H. Thames, Ph.D., Received Distinguished Service Award:

Richard H. Thames, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies, is the recipient of the 2017 Kenneth Burke Society Distinguished Service Award.

We congratulate Dr. Thames on his longstanding commitment to the field of Kenneth Burke studies!

Graduate Student Jonathan R. Crist Co-Authored Scholarly Journal Publication:

Jonathan R. Crist, Rhetoric Ph.D. graduate student at Duquesne University, has published "From ‘wicked crisis' to responsive witness: Jean-Luc Marion and the American Roman Catholic sexual abuse scandal" with Dr. Craig T. Maier in the Southern Communication Journal, volume 82, issue 3 (pp. 164-174).

Graduate Student Susan Mancino Single-Authored Scholarly Journal Publication:

Susan Mancino, ABD, Rhetoric Ph.D. graduate student at Duquesne University, has published "Philosophy of Communication and the Infinity of Lists: The Interplay of the Poetic and Pragmatic" in The Atlantic Journal of Communication, volume 25, issue 3 (pp. 139-150).

Faculty Ronald C. Arnett, Ph.D., Received a 2017 Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Communication Association:

Ronald C. Arnett, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies, is a recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Communication Association (NCA). This award is presented annually to recognize and reward NCA members for a lifetime of scholarly achievement in the study of human communication.

We congratulate Dr. Arnett on this well-deserved acknowledgement!

3rd Biennial Philosophy of Communication Conference 2017

3rd Biennial Philosophy of Communication Conference 2017

Pictured: Dr. Ronald C. Arnett presents Dr. Algis Mickunas with the Richard L. Lanigan Philosophy of Communication Scholar Award.

On June 5-7, The Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University hosted the 3rd Biennial Philosophy of Communication Conference, co-sponsored by the Communication Ethics Institute, at the Duquesne University Power Center. The conference was a success, attended by approximately 65 national and international participants. For more information on the conference, please view the archive.

3rd Biennial Philosophy of Communication Conference 2017

Pictured: From left, Dr. Algis Mickunas, Dr. Ronald C. Arnett, Dr. Pat Arneson

At the conference, the 2nd Richard L. Lanigan Philosophy of Communication Scholar Award was presented to Algis Mickunas. In addition, International Communicology Institute Laureate Fellow Awards were presented to Drs. Pat Arneson, Ronald C. Arnett, and Algis Mickunas.

The next Biennial Philosophy of Communication Conference will be held in 2019. All individuals with a philosophy of communication interest are encouraged to check back periodically for updates.

Alumna Molly Stoltz, Ph.D., Co-Edited Book Publication:

Molly Stoltz, Ph.D. (Duquesne University), has edited, with Karen P. Sodowsky and Carl M. Cates, the book Listening Across Lives (Kendall Hunt).

Spring 2017

Graduate Student Publications and Awards Spring 2017

Graduate Student Publications

Mancino, Matthew P. "Cybersecurity Otherwise: Seeking Communicative Insights." The Pennsylvania Communication Annual, 72, 2, 2016, pp. 34-58.

Graduate Student Awards

Duquesne University Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching: Sarah Flinko

Eastern Communication Association (ECA) Media Communication Interest Group and The Media Ecology Association Affiliate Organization Top Student Paper: Ryan McCullough, "Un-Disciplining Media Ecology: A Return to Tradition," Eastern Communication Association, Boston, MA, March 29-April 2, 2017.

McAnulty College and Graduate School Award for Excellence in Scholarship: Susan Mancino

Southern States Communication Association (SSCA) Philosophy and Ethics Communication Division Top Graduate Paper: Andrew Tinker, "Communicative Shock: An Unethical Challenge to Narrative Engagement," Southern States Communication Association, Greenville, SC, April 5-9, 2017.

Business & Professional Contest

Business & Professional Contest

Pictured: James Joyce (first place)

On May 2, eight undergraduate students organized into three teams participated in Duquesne University's Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies' Spring 2017 Business and Professional Contest, judged by Susan Mancino and Father Lazarus Langbiir.

First place - James Joyce (presented on: Johnson and Johnson)

Runner-Up - Jaelyn Faulk and Dana Suric (presented on: Coca-Cola)

Honorable Mention - William O'Malley, Dayton Kessler, Ashley Kaleel, Alex Jaehn, Bryan Newcamp (presented on: Johnson and Johnson)

Andrew Tinker, Business & Professional student course co-director, attests, "Once again, our undergraduates demonstrated a solid depth of research when exploring contemporary issues in the marketplace, making for a great competition!"

2017 Lambda Pi Eta (LPE) Induction Ceremony

2017 Lambda Pi Eta (LPE) Induction Ceremony

Pictured: Dr. Ronald C. Arnett, professor and chair, introduces the ceremony.

On April 28, the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies acknowledged the academic achievements of undergraduate and graduate communication scholars at the LPE Induction Ceremony.

Sarah M. Flinko, Visiting Instructor, Lambda Pi Eta Chapter Advisor, Duquesne Debating Society Advisor, Director of Recruitment & Professional Development, and rhetoric Ph.D. student, gave a keynote address titled "Following the Road to an Artful Life: Career, Character, and the Importance of a Liberal Arts Education at Duquesne University." In her address, Flinko described the ways in which the departmental mission statements of ‘The Ethical Difference' and ‘Walking the Humanities into the Marketplace' equip students for constructive engagements in the professional world.

2017 Lambda Pi Eta (LPE) Induction Ceremony

Pictured: From left, Michael Iannello (LPE President) and Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies faculty members welcome LPE inductees to the organization.

Undergraduate students were honored through induction into LPE, the official honor society of the National Communication Association. This year, 38 students were inducted into LPE: Razzaz Almuraa, Kati Altman, Toni Ardabell, Kayla Casavant, Victor Chaykowsky, Markus Colin, Lindsay Crowe, Kate Dessart, Carly Edman, Kenna Gubler, Shane Regis Heim, Kimberly Hunter, Elizabeth Inglisa, Anna Kemper, Austin Palmer Kilheeney, Gillian H. Lawhead, Shannon Leedy, Nicole Maire Lennartz, Marguerite Madden, Selene Maggio, Logan Marquardt, Timothy McConnell, Cameron McKinley, Dana Mitro, Julia Mudrock, Meaghanne O'Connell, Kathleen Pearson, Rebecca Pratt, Shannon Reed, Sadik Roberts, Katherine Rogers, Jodie N. Sabol, Natalia Skeba, Cassidy Steinkopf, Gwendolyn Elaine Tinsley, Carrie Elizabeth Vichill, Darian Viallaobos, and Rachel Williams.

Graduate students were honored by the department for exemplary scholarship, teaching, and service. Hannah Karolak received the Wilhelm S. Wurzer Scholarship Award, M. Shivaun Corry received the Richard H. Thames Teaching Award, and Andrew Tinker received the Donald Clark Edwards Service Award.

"The ceremony was meaningful for all of us in the department," said Dr. Janie M. Harden Fritz, professor and co-director of the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. Programs. "We joined proud parents in celebrating the outstanding academic achievement of their sons and daughters. The commitment to scholarship evidenced by these juniors and seniors continues an ongoing legacy of academic excellence in the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit."

Undergraduate Research Colloquium

Undergraduate Research Colloquium

Pictured: From left, Diana Hartford, Dr. Ronald C. Arnett (Professor and Chair), Thomas Sweeny

On Friday, April 28, 2017, Diana Hartford and Thomas Sweeney presented scholarly papers at the Undergraduate Research Colloquium sponsored by the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies.

The Undergraduate Research Colloquium provides an opportunity for students to explore liberal arts scholarship and make connections to the surrounding world through a praxis (theory-informed action) approach that is grounded in the departmental mission statements of ‘Walking the Humanities into the Marketplace' and ‘The Ethical Difference,' as the academic theories studied in the program provide a perspective from which to examine and understand rhetorical artifacts.

Hartford is a senior integrated marketing communication and international relations dual major and Sweeny is a senior integrated marketing communication and political science dual major. Both papers explored often taken for granted and unquestioned artifacts-the Internet and typeface-to open new insights for understanding.

Hartford's paper, "The Relationship Between Terrorist Organizations and the Internet," explored the ways that terrorist organizations use the Internet. Sweeney's paper, "Get Noticed," reviewed the history of typography from the typeface of the Gutenberg Press to serif and sans serif fonts to announce the ways that messages can be printed in order to "get noticed" successfully.

This event is held annually; students interested in participating should inquire at College Hall 340.

Faculty Ronald C. Arnett, Ph.D., Awarded the 2016 Paul Boase Prize for Scholarship:

Ronald C. Arnett, Ph.D. Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies, was awarded the 2016 Paul Boase Prize for Scholarship from the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University. This award is presented annually to scholars who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship in any area of communication.

Public Speaking Contest

Public Speaking Contest

Pictured: From left, Anton Porkins, Kathryn Judge, Ashton Callipare, Sean Eberly, Emily Swaya

On Friday, April 21, five finalists participated in the Duquesne University Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies Public Speaking Contest to celebrate and test their speech construction skills.

Friday's competitors qualified from a round of 13 students held on Tuesday.

  • First place - Ashton Callipare, sophomore Biology (Pre-Vet) major, for "Importance of Shelter Adoption"
  • Second place - Sean Eberly, sophomore Pharmacy major, for "Canis Lupus Familiaris"
  • Third place - Emily Swaya, freshman Education Pk-4 major, for "Suicide Awareness"

Additional finalists included:

  • Anton Porkins, sophomore, "Police Public Relations Amongst African American People"
  • Kathryn Judge, sophomore Athletic Training major, "Eulogy for Gary Gray Sr."

"All the contestants embodied the importance of studying public speaking. The speeches reflected the praxis component of public speaking and bringing advocacy to the public floor," said Duquesne University Ph.D. students Blake Plavchak (event judge), Justin Bonanno (event judge, Public Speaking course co-director), and Susan Mancino (Public Speaking co-course director). "As the students voiced responses to important issues, the public speaking contest demonstrated the excellent pedagogy of public speaking instructors."

Graduate Student Andrew Tinker received the top graduate student paper at the 2017 Southern States Communication Association (SSCA) Convention

Andrew Tinker, third year rhetoric Ph.D. student, received the 2017 Southern States Communication Association (SSCA) Top Graduate Paper Award from the Philosophy and Ethics Communication Ethics Division for his paper, "Communicative Shock: An Unethical Challenge to Narrative Engagement."

Graduate Student Ryan McCullough received a Top Student Paper Award at the 2017 Eastern Communication Association (ECA) Convention

Ryan McCullough, third year rhetoric Ph.D. student, received the 2017 Eastern Communication Association (ECA) Top Student Paper from the Media Communication Interest Group and The Media Ecology Association Affiliate Organization for his paper, "Un-Disciplining Media Ecology: A Return to Tradition."

Faculty Ronald C. Arnett, Ph.D., Published New Book:

Ronald C. Arnett, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies, has published Levinas's Rhetorical Demand: The Unending Obligation of Communication Ethics, with Southern Illinois University Press.

Faculty Sarah Flinko Selected as a Recipient of University's Award for Excellence in Teaching:

Sarah Flinko, Visiting Instructor, Duquesne Debating Society Advisor, Director of Recruitment & Professional Development, and rhetoric Ph.D. student, was selected as a recipient of this year's Duquesne University Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching. Sarah has authored or co-authored four publications and is currently co-authoring a book. The Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies congratulates Sarah for her excellent work!

Duquesne Debating Society Wins First Place

Duquesne Debating Society Wins First Place

Pictured: From Left, Chloe Mortenson and Noah Martens

The Duquesne Debating Society attended the National Educational Debate Association (NEDA) Nationals Tournament at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. Our team, consisting of Noah Martens and Chloe Mortenson, won 1st place in their division-varsity traditional. In addition, both students placed in the top 5 of individual speakers within their division.

Graduate Student Matthew P. Mancino Single-Authored Scholarly Journal Publication:

Matthew P. Mancino, second year rhetoric Ph.D. graduate student at Duquesne University, has published "Cybersecurity Otherwise: Seeking Communicative Insights" in The Pennsylvania Communication Annual, 72.2.

Faculty Pat Arneson, Ph.D., Received the 2017 Gender Studies Scholar Award at the Southern States Communication Association (SSCA) Convention:

Dr. Pat Arneson was awarded the 2017 Outstanding Gender Studies Scholar from the Gender Studies Division of the Southern States Communication Association (SSCA). The recipient is selected for demonstrating excellence in research, teaching, and service in gender issues. The award will be given at the SSCA conference in April 2017 in Greenville, SC.

Graduate Student Susan Mancino Selected as Recipient of Award for Excellence in Scholarship:

Susan Mancino, rhetoric Ph.D. student, was selected as the recipient of this year's Graduate School Award for Excellence in Scholarship from the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts. Susan has authored or co-authored eight publications, given thirty scholarly presentations, and is currently co-editing an international encyclopedia on communication ethics. The Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies congratulates Susan for her excellent work!

Alumna Maria del Guadalupe Davidson, Ph.D., Published New Book:

Maria del Guadalupe Davidson, Ph.D. (Duquesne University), has published Black Women, Agency, and the New Black Feminism through Routledge Press.

Fall 2016

Graduate Student Awards and Publications 2016

Graduate Student Publications

Karolak, Hannah, and Susan Mancino. "Scottish Independence Referendum: Conflict Attentive to Communication Ethics." Communication and Conflict Transformation through Local, Regional, and Global Engagement, edited by Tom Matyok and Pete Kellet, 183-202. Lanham, MD: Lexington Publishing Company, 2016.

Corry, M. Shivaun. "Burke, Re-convenanting and the Apology for the Residential Schools". Rhetor: Journal of the Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric, vol. 6, 2016, pp. 67-83.

Mancino, Susan. "The Museum Profession: Protecting and Promoting Professional Goods." Curator: The Museum Journal, vol. 59, no. 2, 2016, pp. 141-152.

Graduate Student Awards

National Communication Association Philosophy of Communication Division Top Student Paper: Hannah Karolak, "The Precariat and Public Assembly: Performing Creative Dialogue in Assembly," National Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA, November 10-13, 2016.

National Communication Association Communication Ethics Division Top Student Paper: Margaret Mullan, "‘Hope and History Rhyme': Other-ways of Remembering and Forgetting in Northern Ireland," National Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA, November 10-13, 2016.

Graduate Students Hannah Karolak and Susan Mancino Co-Authored Book Chapter:

Hannah Karolak and Susan Mancino, rhetoric Ph.D. graduate students at Duquesne University, have published "Scottish Independence Referendum: Conflict Attentive to Communication Ethics" in Communication and Conflict Transformation through Local, Regional, and Global Engagement, edited by Tom Matyok and Pete Kellet.

Christmas Party 2016

Christmas Party 2016

On December 9, the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies held the annual Departmental Christmas Party. The party provides an opportunity for students and faculty to come together and celebrate the successful semester and holiday season.

Special thanks to Sarah Flinko, Visiting Instructor, Mrs. Rita McCaffrey, Administrative Assistant, and LPE Students for planning the event.

Business & Professional Contest

Business & Professional Contest

Pictured: First place team and Instructor Karolak

On December 6, approximately 20 undergraduate students organized into five teams participated in Duquesne University's Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies' Fall 2016 Business and Professional Contest.

First place - Nicholas Gilges, Jake Gleba, Madalyn Glista, Kathryn Gordon, Lauren Marglotti (presented on: Major League Baseball)

Runner-Up - Rynia Brooks, David Heinz, Bradley Huynh, Nathan Straining (presented on: Volkswagen AG)

Honorable Mention - Luke Grefor, Dylan Degroot (presented on: Major League Baseball)

"This year's Speaking Contest showcased research and presentation talents from across the Business & Professional Communication course sections. Students informed the audience on developments in sustainability, business ethics, globalization, corporate social responsibility, and crisis communication in their companies," said Andy Tinker, one of the two Business & Professional student course directors. "Presentations were well received by our panel of judges and the students set a high bar for competitions to come."

Public Speaking Contest

Public Speaking Contest

Pictured: From left, Jenna Callan, Julie Jameson, Joshua Baumgartner, Rebecca D'Amico

On Friday, December 2, four finalists participated in the Duquesne University Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies Public Speaking Contest to display their adept speech construction and delivery.

Friday's competitors qualified from a round of 13 students held on Thursday.

  • First place - Rebecca D'Amico, freshman Public Relations major, for "No Means No"

Additional finalists included:

  • Joshua Baumgartner, freshman Liberal Arts major
  • Julie Jameson, sophomore Corporate Communication major
  • Jenna Callan, senior Sports Marketing and Finance major

According to Duquesne University Ph.D. student Justin Bonanno, one of the Public Speaking course directors and a judge for Friday's event, "The students did a tremendous job with their speeches, and their instructors' wisdom was definitely reflected in their performances."

2016 National Communication Association (NCA) Awards

2016 National Communication Association (NCA) Awards

Pictured: From left, Dr. Garnet C. Butchart and Dr. Briankle G. Chang

Hannah Karolak received the Philosophy of Communication Division Top Student Paper award for her paper, "The Precariat and Public Assembly: Performing Creative Dialogue in Assembly."

Margaret Mullan received the Communication Ethics Division Top Student Paper award for her paper, "‘Hope and History Rhyme': Other-ways of Remembering and Forgetting in Northern Ireland."

Dr. Briankle G. Chang and Dr. Garnet C. Butchart received the Philosophy of Communication Division Top Edited Book award for their edited volume, Philosophy of Communication (MIT Press, 2012).

Pat Madigan, S.J., Visits Duquesne University

Pat Madigan, S.J., Visits Duquesne University

Pictured: From left, Dr. Ronald C. Arnett, Pat Madigan, S.J., Dr. Gerard Magill, Dr. John Rief

On Monday, October 24, 2016, Pat Madigan, S.J., visiting Duquesne University from Heythrop College in London, England, gave the address "Expressive Individualism, the Cult of the Artist as Genius, and Milton's Lucifer." The concept, first coined by Robert Bellah and given high prominence by Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor, can be traced to the depiction John Milton gives of Lucifer in his poem Paradise Lost.

This event was co-sponsored by the Vernon F. Gallagher Chair, the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies, the Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, and the McAnulty College of Liberal Arts.

"Fr. Madigan's lecture focused on ideas that resonated remarkably with what we study in our program," noted Dr. Janie Harden Fritz. "His scholarly work tracing the development of expressive individualism from the work of Milton to the present day offered key insights for our work here."

4th Annual Undergraduate Research Colloquium

4th Annual Undergraduate Research Colloquium

Pictured: From Left, Dr. Janie M. Harden Fritz, Brianna Brown, Marguerite Madden, Dr. Craig T. Maier

On Friday, October 21, 2016, Marguerite Madden and Brianna Brown presented scholarly papers at the 4th Undergraduate Research Colloquium sponsored by the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies.

The Undergraduate Research Colloquium strengthens student connections with liberal arts scholarship, "walking the humanities into the marketplace" as academic ideas are applied to communicative practices enacted in professional business contexts and the larger world.

Madden is a junior integrated marketing communication major and Brown is a senior integrated marketing communication and English dual major. Both papers worked from a media ecology perspective, studying how the introduction of technologies changes the environment in an attempt to understand and engage changing communicative practices in the world.

Madden's paper, "Impact of Images," used the work of Neil Postman to understand the changing practices guiding the 2016 election. Brown's paper, "Wearable Technology and Crisis Communication in the Public Relations Industry," considered the role of public relations for companies producing wearable technologies and their responses to cyber attacks and information breaches.

This event is held annually; students interested in participating should inquire at College Hall 340.

Alumnae Jeanne M. Persuit and Christina L. McDowell Marinchak Published Co-Edited Book:

Jeanne M. Persuit, Ph.D. (Duquesne, 2009), and Christina L. McDowell Marinchak, Ph.D. (Duquesne, 2012) have published their edited book Integrated Marketing Communication: Creating Spaces for Engagement with Lexington Books.

NCA Presidential Candidate

Dr. Ronald C. Arnett, professor and chair of the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies and The Patricia Doherty Yoder and Ronald Wolfe Endowed Chair in Communication Ethics, is a candidate for Second Vice President of the National Communication Association. The elected Second Vice President will assume office on January 1, 2018, plan the 2019 NCA annual convention, and serve as NCA president in 2020.

We thank Dr. Arnett for his service to the discipline.

The election will be held in January 2017.

Please remember to vote!

Dr. Calvin L. Troup Inaugurated as President at Geneva College

Dr. Calvin L. Troup, former associate professor and director of the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies doctoral program in rhetoric, was installed as the 20th president of Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, on September 23, 2016.

Dr. Troup worked at Duquesne University for 20 years, researching the rhetoric and philosophy of St. Augustine and the rhetoric of technology. While at Duquesne, he published two books: Temporality, Eternity, and Wisdom: The Rhetoric of Augustine's Confessions (Univ. of South Carolina Press, 1999) and Augustine for the Philosophers: The Rhetor of Hippo, the Confessions, and the Continentals (Baylor University Press, 2014).

In the past, Troup edited the Journal of Communication and Religion and served as president of the Religious Communication Association. He is the editor-elect of Explorations in Media Ecology, the international journal of the Media Ecology Association.

Additionally, Troup served the department, college, and many outside institutions while working at Duquesne. For several years, he served on the Board of Corporators and Board of Trustees of Geneva College, his alma mater.

"We are thankful to Dr. Calvin Troup for his commitment to the Spiritan Mission of Duquesne University exemplified in his work with the Ph.D. in Rhetoric with the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies," said Dr. Ronald C. Arnett, Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies and The Patricia Doherty Yoder and Ronald Wolfe Chair in Communication Ethics. "Geneva College is fortunate to have a leader so committed to scholarship, excellence in higher education, and the story of the faith."

Fall Open House Announcement

The Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies is pleased to announce Duquesne University's Fall Open House on Sunday, September 18th, 2016, 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

The Fall Open House welcomes all prospective freshmen and their families. All attendees have the opportunity to meet with representatives from admissions, financial aid, and academic departments. In addition, attendees may talk with current graduate and 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 University.

To register for this event, please click here.

Faculty Craig Maier, Ph.D., Published New Book:

Craig Maier, Ph.D. (Duquesne, 2008) has published Communicating Catholicism: Rhetoric, Ecclesial Leadership, and the Future of the American Roman Catholic Diocese through The Fairleigh Dickinson University Press Series in Communication Studies.

Graduate Student Shivaun M. Corry Single-Authored Scholarly Journal Publication:

Shivaun Monica Corry, third year rhetoric Ph.D. graduate student at Duquesne University, has published "Burke, Re-covenanting and the Apology for the Residential Schools" in Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric, volume 6.

Summer 2016

Successful 14th National Communication Ethics and 2016 International Association for Dialogue Analysis (IADA) Conference

International Association for Dialogue Analysis (IADA) Conference

Pictured above: Dr. Ronald C. Arnett presents Dr. Lisbeth Lipari with the James A. Jaska Scholar in Residence Award in Communication Ethics.

On June 1-4, The Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University hosted the 14th National Communication Ethics and 2016 International Association for Dialogue Analysis (IADA) conference, co-sponsored by the Communication Ethics Institute, at the Duquesne University Power Center. The conference was a success, attended by 66 national and international participants.

The next Communication Ethics Conference will be held in 2018. All persons interested in communication ethics are encouraged to check back periodically for updates and submit individual papers and/or panels.

Spring 2016

Graduate Student Susan Mancino Single-Authored Scholarly Journal 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

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

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

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

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.

Debating Society Wins Team and Individual Awards at National Competition

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 David Deluliis, Ph.D., Received Award for Excellence in Scholarship:

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

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.

Alumnus Brent Sleasman Named President of Winebrenner Theological Seminary & Published Edited Book:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Public Speaking and Business & Professional Contest

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)