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National Communication Group Recognizes Duquesne Professors, Students

Professors, students and alumni from the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University received top honors from the National Communication Association. They were:

Dr. Pat Arneson, Allison Park, associate professor, two Top Book Awards for Communicative Engagement and Social Liberation: Justice Will Be Made. The book earned both the Philosophy of Communication Division's 2014 Top Book Award and the Communication Ethics Division's 2014 Top Book Award.

Dr. Garnet Butchart, Dormont, assistant professor, the Top Paper Award from the Visual Communication Division for Meditation on the Semiotic Phenomenology of Roland Barthes's Camera Lucida Reflections on Photography.

Dr. Isaac Catt, Red Lion, Pa., visiting scholar, Simon E. Silverman Phenomenology Center and Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, the Top Published Book Chapter in Philosophy of Communication Award for Korzybski and Charles Sanders Peirce and the Top Paper Award for The Two Sciences of Communication in Philosophical Context, from the Philosophy of Communication Division.

Dr. Ronald C. Arnett, McCandless Township, chair and professor, published the concluding chapter, titled Communication Meeting: From Pangloss to Tenacious Hope, for the volume published in honor of the organization's centennial, A Century of Communication Studies: The Unfinished Conversation.

Margaret Mullan, Regent Square, Duquesne doctoral student, received the Communication Ethics Division's Top Student Paper Award for Dialogic Civility 2.0: Space for Dialogic Civility Emerging Online.

Sarah Flinko, Plum, Duquesne doctoral student, and Dr. Christina McDowell Marinchak, Anchorage, Alaska, Duquesne triple alumna and assistant professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Communication Ethics Division's Top Paper Award, Machiavellianism Alive and Well in Organization Decision-Making: The Case of Highmark and UPMC.

Dr. Joel Ward, Beaver Falls, Duquesne double alumnus and assistant professor at Geneva College, Dissertation of the Year award from the Religious Communication Association for Authority and Personality in M.M. Bakhtin's Author and Hero in Aesthetic Activity, directed by Dr. Calvin L. Troup, associate professor at Duquesne.

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