Student activities and accomplishments

Presentations of papers at conferences

Johan Bodaski, Anderson Dun, Kevin Snyder, and Helena Squier presented papers at the Western Social Science Association meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah in April, 2011. Bodaski, Dun, and Squier also facilitated a discussion on "Case Studies in Political Communication," where more than 30 people from across disciplines participated.

Emilly Borthwick presented her paper “Bristol Palin and Jaime Lynn Spears, Celebrity or Private Figure: The Intimacy Created by ShowBiz Tonight” at the Western Social Science Association annual meeting in Albuquerque, NM in April 2009.

Emilly Borthwick presented her paper “Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act: How It Affected a Native Hawaiian Conflict” at the Western Social Science Association annual meeting in Albuquerque, NM in April 2009.

Emilly Borthwick presented her paper "Using an Online Newsletter to shape Organizational Culture: Newcomer Socialization in University First Year Students" to the Organizational Communication interest group at the Western States Communication Association annual conference in Tempe, AZ in February 2009.

Amanda Carrillo presented her paper “American’s Toughest Sheriff: The Use of Immigration Appeals in Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s 2008 Reelection Campaign" at the Western Social Science Association annual meeting in Albuquerque, NM in April 2009.

Amanda Carrillo presented her paper “Communication Apprehension and Cultural Issues in the Classroom: A Review of the Literature” at the Western Social Science Association annual meeting in Albuquerque, NM in April 2009.

Diana Cudeii presented her paper “The Political Life of New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, 2008 Presidential Candidate” at the Western Social Science Association annual meeting in Albuquerque, NM in April 2009.

Anthony R. Cuttitta presented his paper “Change is Not for Everyone: Gay Rights and the Election of 2008" at the Western Social Science Association annual meeting in Albuquerque, NM in April 2009.

Anthony R. Cuttitta presented his paper “Sports, Homophobia, and Homosexual Affection: Social Learning Theory and Masculine Socialization Regarding Public Displays” at the Western Social Science Association annual meeting in Albuquerque, NM in April 2009.

Antonio De La Garza presented his paper "Invisible Chains: SB1070 and the Discourse of White Supremacy" at the Western States Communication Association annual meeting in Monterey, California in February 2011.

Antonio De La Garza and T. Mark Montoya (NAU Ethnic Studies faculty member) presented their paper "But It's a Dry Fascism: Arizona's HR 2281 and the Banning of Ethnic Studies" at the 39th annual conference of the National Ethnic Studies Association in Claremont, California in April 2011.

Tracie Hansen presented her paper “Girl, Interrupted: How Character and Gender Cost Hillary Clinton the 2008 Democratic Presidential Nomination” at the Western Social Science Association annual meeting in Albuquerque, NM in April 2009.

Ben D. A. Heffington presented his paper “‘I Would Rather be Attacked by Sharks’: A Review of the Literature on Communication Apprehension in Education" at the Western Social Science Association annual meeting in Albuquerque, NM in April 2009.

Ben D. A. Heffington presented his paper “Why Are Americans So Angry?: A Rhetorical Criticism of Ron Paul’s Answer to the House of Representatives” at the Western Social Science Association annual meeting in Albuquerque, NM in April 2009.

Patricia Keesee (M.A., 2007) and her thesis adviser Dr. Laura Umphrey had their paper "Attachment Style, Responses to Dissatisfaction, and Relationship Disengagement Strategies in Romantic Relationships" accepted for presentation by the Interpersonal Communication interest group for the Western States Communication Association conference in Tempe, AZ in February 2009.

Brian Rogers presented his paper "Kick Starting the Conversation: How YouTube Could Alter Marginalized Representation" at the Western Social Science Association annual meeting in Albuquerque, NM in April 2009.

Brian Rogers presented his paper “A Review of the Literature Regarding Interaction Between Instructional Technology and Instructor Immediacy” at the Western Social Science Association annual meeting in Albuquerque, NM in April 2009.

Brian Rogers (MA, 2010) presented his paper "The Sexual as Political: Camp Sensibilities in Political and Sexual Messages in The Raspberry Reich" at the Western States Communication Association annual meeting in Monterey, California in February 2011. Brian's paper was based on this MA thesis.

Kevin Snyder presented his paper “The Religious Exigency of Barack Obama and John McCain” at the Western Social Science Association annual meeting in Albuquerque, NM in April 2009.

Riva Starks presented her paper “Barack Obama’s Presidential Campaign: A Redressing of American Politics on the Internet” at the Western Social Science Association annual meeting in Albuquerque, NM in April 2009.

Zac Zieglerpresented his paper “Going Digital: What the Mp3 is Doing to the Music Industry” at the Western Social Science Association annual meeting in Albuquerque, NM in April 2009.

Awards

John Hessinger was given an Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for the 2010-2011 academic year by the NAU Graduate College and the NAU Faculty Development Program.

Antonio De La Garza received an NAU Diversity and Equity Award by the NAU Commission on Ethnic Diversity in May 2011.

The NAU Graduate College recognized Hilary Nemchik (M.A., 2008) as a Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year for 2007-2008.