Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Faculty and Student Accomplishments

Four students involved in the Summer Research Institute presented their work at the national Convergence and Society conference in Columbia, South Carolina. Kallie Hartigan, a convergent journalism major, and David Hon, a Platte City senior who will be majoring in convergent media at Western next year, presented "Islands in the Streaming: Multimedia and Interactive Features on U.K. Daily Newspaper Websites." The team of Hartigan, Hon, video production major Sarah Noe and faculty supervisor Bob Bergland conducted the study of daily newspapers in the U.K., Australia and New Zealand and U.S. college newspapers during the SRI program in 2008. Bergland, Noe and Lisa Crawford, a journalism and BSE English major, presented their paper, "Multimedia Features of U.S. Daily Newspaper Websites: A 2007 Content Analysis," based on a similar study of U.S. paper websites in a 2007 SRI project. Bergland, Noe, Hon and Hartigan also presented "The Urge to Converge: A 2008 College Newspaper Website Analysis" at the National College Media Convention in Kansas City.

Dr. Susan Hennessy presented a paper, "Foreign Bodies" about midwifery in nineteenth-century France, at the annual Colloquium on Nineteenth-Century French Studies in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dr. Jane Frick represented the National Writing Project's State and Regional Networks Leadership team at the 2008 Fall Conference on Content Area Learning sponsored by the Kentucky Writing Project State Network at Murray State University, Murray, KY.

Prairie Lands Writing Project held its annual Saturday regional conference for educators, “Content Area Learning: Teaching in an Online World." Sixty-five teachers participated in keynote sessions conducted by Kevin Hodgson, grade six teacher in Southampton, MA, and technology panels and lesson presentations conducted by Prairie Lands Writing Project (PLWP) Teacher Consultants, including MWSU English faculty members Tom Pankiewicz, Patricia Donaher, and Meredith Katchen. Conference presentation handouts are published at http://www.missouriwestern.edu/plwp/08saturdayseminar/info.html. Also at the conference, PLWP's 2009 Invitational Institute cohort of 17 area teachers, including Patricia Brost, MWSU adjunct English instructor, were recognized for receiving their National Writing Project Teacher Consultant Certification. Jane Frick was this year's conference coordinator.

Dr. Ken Rosenauer attended the 57th Fall National College Media Convention in Kansas City sponsored by College Media Advisers and Associated Collegiate Press. Rosenauer, who is president of CMA, led two days of board meetings prior to the convention, which drew 2,040 media advisers, journalism educators, and their students from around the country. More than 400 sessions — covering all aspects of media — were offered to those attending. CMA represents more than 800 media advisers from colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.