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News, acheivements, and stories of UMKC's Communication Studies department.

Student Filmmakers Win Film Festival Prizes


Communication Studies major Nathan Manning won one of three "Awards of Excellence" at the 2017 Bison Bison Film Festival, April 7-8 in Ponca City, OK. Manning won the $1,000 cash prize for his short narrative film Starch, produced in Dr. Lyn Elliot's Spring 2014 Narrative Production course.

Communication Studies major Aaron Berger won Honorable Mention for Heartland Student Shorts at the 2017 Kansas City Film Fest, April 4-9. Berger produced his short film Staged in Dr. Lyn Elliot's Spring 2016 Narrative Production course. To watch Aaron's film "Staged," please click here.

New Letters on the Air Celebrates National Poetry Month at the Kansas City Public Library with NEA Fellows Hadara Bar-Nadav & Kathryn Nuernberger


Missouri poets Hadara Bar-Nadav and Kathryn Nuernberger, who both received National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowships in December 2016, will take to the stage of the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library with New Letters on the Air host/producer, Angela Elam. On Wednesday, April 12th, 2017, they will discuss their recent books and "What Makes a Poem Work?" for National Poetry Month. April also marks the beginning of the 40th year of broadcasting for this nationally-distributed public radio literary show that is the companion to New Letters magazine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and can be heard locally on KCUR 89.3 FM. More information is available here.

Students and Faculty Present at CSCA Conference


Communication Studies major Chelsea Bihlmeyer recently presented her paper, "Unpacking the Tinder Lexicon: Visual Rhetoric and Power," at the 2017 annual conference Central States Communication Association. The paper was competitively selected, and was the result of an independent study she completed with Dr. Steven Melling during the Fall, 2016 semester.

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Additionally, two Communication Studies faculty members participated in the conference. Steven Melling, Assistant Teaching Professor, presented a teaching activity titled, "Using the to Teach Dual-level Processing of Persuasive Messages," and chaired a panel on "Rhetorics of Place, Space, and Materialism."

Michael McDonald, Chair and Associate Professor, presented a paper titled, "Harold Stassen---Progressive Republican for a Sane Foreign Policy."

Delic Fatima Awarded 2017 Harry S. Truman Bootrap


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Fatima Delic, a dual major in Communication Studies and Political Science, has received the Truman Bootstrap Award. This will allow her to spend the Summer as a legislative intern in Washington, DC. More information is available here.

Professor Martin Offers Advice on College Success


Dr. Jason Martin, assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, shares some insights on the challenges students face and offers advice on how they can better their chances to successfully complete that first year of college on NPR.

Click here to listen to the NPR show.