Dr. Uyanga Bazaa presents "Conceptual Definition, Operationalization, and Factors of Value Perspective"
Assistant Communication Professor Dr. Bazaa presented her paper titled "Conceptual Definition, Operationalization, and Factors of Value Perspective" at the 73rd International Communication Association's Annual Conference that will be held between May 25 and 29, 2023. Her presentation explores value congruence, as an antecedent of the organization-public relationships, benefits from a valid measurement scale to predict quality relationships between organizations and the public.
Dr. Melody Fisher presents at 2023 PRAM conference
Associate Communication Professor Dr. Melody Fisher presented "Blurred Lines: Public Relations Ethics" at the 2023 annual PRAM conference. This interactive presentation took a case study approach to address public relations ethical dilemmas. Attendees learned best practices to maintain the integrity of the public relations profession and become responsible advocates for their organization and clients.
Dr. Holli Seitz presents at 2023 Association of SNAP Nutrition Education Administrators Conference
Dr. Seitz and colleagues from the HappyHealthy project (Dr. Laura Downey, Dr. Sylvia Byrd, and Drew Cole) presented results from an evaluation of the HappyHealthy social marketing campaign at the 2023 Association of SNAP Nutrition Education Administrators (ASNNA) Conference. This virtual oral presentation, "Effects of a social marketing campaign (SMC) on campaign awareness, fruit and vegetable consumption, and physical activity during the COVID-19 pandemic," highlighted self-reported effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on physical activity and nutrition among Mississippians eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Dr. Heesook Choi presents at 2023 AEJMC Midwinter Conference
Dr. Heesook Choi presented "Satirical humor matters for liberals? MSNBC and political satire in the context of political participation" at the 2023 AEJMC Midwinter Conference held in Norman, Oklahoma. This study examines the role of political satire in the partisan media environment and its influence on partisan participation.
Dr. John Nicholson presents keynote for MCA
Associate Communication Professor Dr. John Nicholson presented "Engaged Learning and the Future of Communication" as the keynote address at the Mississippi Communication Association 96th Annual Convention in Jackson in February.
Dr. Holli Seitz presents at 2023 AAC&U Conference
Associate Professor Dr. Holli Seitz and Department of Communication student Sarah Rendon presented their collaborative research on community-engaged learning at the 2023 American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Conference on General Education, Pedagogy, and Assessment. Their work, titled "Transforming health communication pedagogy through community engagement and experiential learning," reports on results from a recent implementation of community-engaged learning in Dr. Seitz's Health Communication course.
Karyn Brown & Dr. Melanie Loehwing present at Council on Colleges of Arts & Sciences
Karyn Brown and Dr. Melanie Loehwing presented ""Mentoring New Faculty: A Multi-Tiered Approach to Professional Development and Retention" at the annual meeting of the Council on Colleges of Arts & Sciences in Washington, D.C. The presentation focused on how mentoring new faculty members helps bring new faculty into the fold of the college and ultimately helps with faculty retention.
Karyn Brown presents at Council on Colleges of Arts & Sciences
Karyn Brown presented a three-hour branding workshop for deans of colleges of arts & sciences at the annual meeting for the Council on Colleges of Arts & Sciences. Her presentation titled, ""Branding Arts & Sciences--A Public Relations Approach to Promoting the Liberal Arts," helped deans consider the overall branding approach for their colleges.
Carrie McCormick presents at writing symposium
Carrie McCormick presented, ""Hey Y'all, Let's Talk About Dialect!," to educators from across Mississippi at the University of Mississippi's Transitioning to College Writing Symposium, providing an interactive workshop focused on integrating dialect into speaking and writing assignments.
Josh Foreman served on a panel at Mississippi Book Festival
Josh Foreman, who co-authored Death Along the Natchez Trace (History Press, 2022) with Ryan Starrett, talked about the book as part of the "Decidedly Southern" panel discussion at the Mississippi Book Festival. The panel was moderated by Patrick Dean, author of A Window to Heaven: The Daring First Ascent of Denali: America’s Wildest Peak. Other panelists included Chris McLaughlin, author of Mississippi Barking: Hurricane Katrina and a Life that Went to the Dogs; Julie Hines Mabus, author of Confessions of a Southern Beauty Queen; Ty Pinkins, author of 23 Miles and Running; and David Crews, author of the Mississippi Book of Quotations.
Dr. Heesook Choi presents “What Mobilizes Political Satire Viewers: The Role of Partisanship and Discussion Networks in the Effects of Political Satire Viewing on Political Participation"
Dr. Heesook Choi presented “What Mobilizes Political Satire Viewers: The Role of Partisanship and Discussion Networks in the Effects of Political Satire Viewing on Political Participation" at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication convention held in Detroit in August. Within the framework of social identity theory, this survey study (N = 1,203) explores the role of partisanship in the selection and processing of political satire and its influence on political participation.
Dr. Uyanga Bazaa & co-author present “#EAListen: A Thematic Analysis of a Successful Fan Activist Campaign" at ICA conference
Dr. Bazaa and her co-author, Megan Condis, presented their work “#EAListen: A Thematic Analysis of a Successful Fan Activist Campaign" in May at the 72nd Annual International Communication Association's conference in Paris, France. Fans are a special type of public that is of great interest to public relations researchers. Dr. Bazaa and her co-author analyzed tweets with the hashtag #EAListen to further understand online fan activism that happened to occur during the peak of Black Lives Matter movement in the United States. The authors discovered Simmers (people who play the Sims, a real life simulation video game) successfully pressured Electronic Arts (EA; the Sims developer) to ensure inclusion and diversity in their video game.
Dr. Terry Likes serves on panel discussion at BEA national convention
Dr. Terry Likes served on a panel discussion, "Recruitment and Retention in the COVID era and Beyond," at the BEA national convention in Las Vegas.
Josh Foreman and co-author present during "Literature at Lunch" at the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration
Josh Foreman, an instructor in print & digital journalism, and his co-author, Ryan Starrett, spoke during "Literature at Lunch" at the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration. They told the story of John Blommart, who was a retired Royal Navy captain who settled in Natchez in the late 1700s. He ended up fighting off an American assault during the Revolutionary War. A couple years later, after the Spanish had captured Natchez, he recaptured the city using an army of British loyalists and Choctaw warriors.
Christie Jones Lawrence presents "Leading Through Crisis" at State PRAM conference
Christie Jones Lawrence, a communication instructor, presented "Leading Through Crisis" at the 2022 State Public Relations Association of Mississippi conference held in Gulfport, Miss., on April 4. According to Lawrence, managing in a crisis is challenging--even for experienced managers. Her presentation focused on understanding the fundamentals of successfully leading through a crisis, outlining key character traits of successful leaders, identifying crisis management stages, and reviewing John C. Maxwell's seven guiding principles for leading through a crisis.