April 2010 Archives

The department Graduate Forum has elected officers for 2010/2011

  • Service Coordinator: Yu Lu
  • Technology Committee Representative: Frank Stec
  • Professional Development Chair: Mia E. Briceño
  • Intellectual Concerns Chair: Mark Hlavacik
  • Social Chair: Eric Miller
  • Advisory Committee Representative: Bryan Blankfield
  • Grad Relations Representative: Anne Harries
  • Teaching Resources Representative: Victoria Jennings-Kelsall
  • President/Treasurer: Lindsey Aloia

At its annual awards ceremony, held this year in the Alumni Lounge of the Nittany Lion Inn on April 23, 2010, the Department of Communication Arts & Sciences announced the following awards:


Adma Hammam Shibley Memorial Scholarship

Eric Dimuzio

Pechter Family Scholarship

Romona Blackwood
Jessica Humeniuk

Michael Hodes Scholarship

Junzheng (Olivia) Ma

CAS Society Officers

Emily Toombs - President
Kelsie Lyons - Secretary
Ryan Hartnett - Public Relations
Dawnne Brown - Department Liaison

Lambda Pi Eta Graduating Seniors

Stephen Logue
Alexis Petrovich
Samantha Rundle

Lambda Pi Eta new inductees

Angela Brosnan
Ryan Hartnett
Alexis Petrovich
Emily Toombs

CAS Community Leadership Award

Emily Toombs

Clayton H. Schug Forensic Award

Andrea Hetrick
Matthew Wolfson

Harold J. "Pat" O'Brien Memorial Award

Jessica Humeniuk
Kim Nguyen
Samantha Rundle

Richard B. Gregg Memorial Award for Scholarly Excellence

Thomas McEowen

Student Marshall

Anthony Hemming


Kathryn DeBoer Distinguished Teaching Award

Una Kimokeo-Goes

Carroll C. Arnold Award for Academic Excellence

Mark Hlavacik


Cynthia Finch Award for Teaching Excellence

Lori Bedell


At its annual meeting in Baltimore in April 2010, the Eastern Communication Association named Professor Christopher L. Johnstone the winner of this year's Everett Lee Hunt Award for his book Listening to the Logos: Speech and the Coming of Wisdom in Ancient Greece.

Tony Lentz to retire

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Tony Lentz, Assistant Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences, has announced that he will retire from the faculty on June 30, 2010. Tony has been at Penn State for thirty years. He developed and taught courses in oral interpretation and has since 2002 been Director of the Learning Edge Academic Program -- LEAP.

For many years Tony has presented Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol in performance; this has been a highlight for families in the holiday season.
Congratulations to the following undergraduate students who were awarded prizes in the Spring 2010 Penn State Civic Engagement Public Speaking Contest.  The event was held on April 20th at the Nittany Lion Inn.  Students' instructors are listed in parentheses.

First Place: Nicole Murray (Elizabeth Brady)
Second Place: Nick Field (Mark Kohler)
Third Place: Zachary Portilla (Mandy Goodwin)

Honorable Mention: Jessica Bigham (Bonnie Sierlecki)
Honorable Mention: James Dotson (Kristin Mathe)
Honorable Mention: Sarah Jean Drumheiser (Mandy Goodwin)

If you know any of these students, feel free to offer them a well-deserved congratulations.

Thank You,

Mary K. Haman, Ph.D.
Department of Communication Arts and Sciences
The Pennsylvania State University

Professor Michael Hecht sends the following:

I am pleased to announce that Jeong Kyu Lee has been awarded a two-year post doctoral fellowship at ClearWay Minnesota --


Clearway is funded by the Minnesota tobacco settlement funds and is devoted to tobacco prevention through health promotion and research. They have done impressive work on both fronts and I am confident (as are they) that Jeong Kyu can make an important contribution to that mission with his work in branded health promotion theory as well as his extraordinary quantitative skills. Join me in congratulating Jeong Kyu. He will be missed as a member of the DRS team, but remain a part of the DRS and CAS families.

Jon Nussbaum will receive two awards at the June 2010 meeting of the International Communication Association in Singapore. He is this year's winner of the Applied / Public Policy Research Award and the B. Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award. 


Jon Nussbaum is Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences. He is a past president of the International Communication Association, a fellow of the association, past editor of the Journal of Communication.


from Penn State Altoona NOW:

ALTOONA - Educator, author, musician, music producer, and American roots music and popular culture guru Jerry Zolten will receive the spring 2010 Kjell Meling Award for Distinction in the Arts and Humanities at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 15.

An Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Penn State Altoona, Zolten's courses include the art of communication, the cultural roots of rock 'n' roll, and stand-up comedy as social history. In addition to two textbooks, numerous articles, and CD liner notes, he is the author of the award-winning book "Great God A'Mighty! The Dixie Hummingbirds/Celebrating the Rise of Soul Gospel Music." Zolten has also produced two CDs, "Wreckin' the House" and "Beautiful Stars" and is the co-producer, writer, and host of several nationally syndicated public radio program specials, including "Chimpin' the Blues," "Boppin' with Pekar," and "In the Spirit," a history of African American Gospel.

His latest published work is a chapter, "The Beatles as Recording Artists," in the "The Cambridge Companion to the Beatles." Zolten is currently developing several projects including a book about African American preachers on phonograph records during the Depression era, an authorized biography of the Blind Boys of Alabama, and a documentary film about the Jewish community in an industrialized Western Pennsylvania town in the 1960s.

Zolten will be honored with a ceremony at 7 p.m., in the Paul R. and Margery Wolf Kuhn Theatre of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts, then present a lecture. The event is free and open to the public.

Penn State Altoona initiated the Meling Award in 2006 to honor the memory of its longtime associate dean for Academic Affairs, who passed away in 2005. The award is intended to memorialize Meling's love of literature and language and his unwavering support as an administrator for the development of Penn State Altoona's faculty as scholars and artists.

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