February 2010 Archives

Penn State Athens program

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Penn State's Study Abroad Program in Athens, Greece has been called the "flagship program" among the university's study-abroad opportunities.  Operating since 1989, the Athens Program has sent over 300 students from Penn State and other Big Ten schools to live and learn in Athens and throughout Greece.  Applications for the Spring 2012 program are now being accepted by Penn State's Office of Global Programs.  You can learn more about the program by viewing the 2012 Athens Program website at http://www.athens.psu.edu/2012/.  The Faculty Director of the 2012 program will be Dr. Christopher Johnstone, of the Communication Arts and Sciences department.  Dr. Johnstone previously directed the Athens Program in 1991, 1997, 2002, and 2007.

You can go directly to the Education Abroad program brochure and application form for Athens (called EA: Athens Centre) on the web at the following link:  
http://gpglobalea.gp.psu.edu/studioabroad/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=10090&Type=O&sType=O .

You might also be interested in "Going Greek" -- the blog from Athens now being posted on the Education Abroad Geoblog page by 2010 student, Maura Denny:

Previous participants in the Athens Program concur that this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  Find out if it would be right for you.

Christopher L. Johnstone, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Basic Course Director
Department of Communication Arts and Sciences
234 Sparks Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA  16802
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Please join us for the Colloquium of the Department of Communication Arts & Sciences

Friday, February 26, 2010
367 Willard Building
University Park, PA

Kristin Mathe, "The Rhetorical Foundation of the Troubling Legacy of the Great Society"

Lindsey Aloia, "Stressors within Marine Corps Families: A Qualitative Study of Discourse within an Online Forum"

Frank Stec, "Trying to Understand What You Never Cared About: Recovering Social Knowledge with This American Life's Economic Coverage."

Andrew High, "The Power of Person-Centeredness: A Meta-Analysis of Person-Centered Social Support Systems."

Congratulations to our colleagues Jim Dillard and Mike Hogan, who have been appointed Liberal Arts Research Professors of Communication Arts and Sciences.

Jim Dillard                           Mike Hogan

officestaff5.jpgThe Department of Communication Arts & Sciences congratulates Robin Orndorff, administrative assistant for Philosophy and Communication Arts & Sciences, who is one of this year's winners of the LASER award, the Liberal Arts Staff Employee Recognition award. According to the College website:

The LASER (Liberal Arts Staff Employee Recognition) Program is designed to recognize, reward, and retain exceptional staff employees within the College. Candidates for the award must be nominated by their unit heads and submit a portfolio that will be reviewed by their supervisors, unit heads, and a selection committee.  The committee will make award recommendations to the Dean. The award carries a 5 percent permanent salary increase.

Congratulations to Robin, and thanks for the work you are doing for our department!

The award will be presented at the Liberal Arts ceremony at the Nittany Lion Inn on February 24, 2010.

Say It Ain't So

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In 1969, President Richard Nixon attended the Texas-Arkansas football game and, on his own initiative, awarded the national championship to the winner, Texas. But Penn State also had an unbeaten team that year and has always felt that it was unfairly denied the championship.

Maureen Minielli sent me a photo (from her iPhone!) of this document from the Nixon archives -- apparently a suggestion from William Safire, a Nixon speechwriter, for how Nixon might answer a question about the award, and Penn State's likely reaction, at an upcoming press conference.

Some time later, Nixon offered a sort of consolation award to Penn State. Joe Paterno, Penn State coach then and now, replied, according to a story in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, "You tell the president to take that trophy and shove it."

In a Penn State commencement speech in 1973, Paterno said: "I'd like to know," Paterno asked the graduates, "how could the president know so little about Watergate in 1973 and so much about college football in 1969?"
Thanks to Maureen Minielli (PhD 2006) for the document from the Nixon archives and the link to the story in the Post-Gazette.

Jeremy Engels: Uncivil Speech

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engels.jpgAssistant Professor Jeremy Engels recently participated in a Digital Dialogue with Chris Long, professor of Philosophy and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts, to discuss Jeremy's recent Quarterly Journal of Speech article on invective. The dialogue is at:


Congratulations Cathy Quilico

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The Department of Communication Arts and Sciences congratulates CAS major Cathy Quilico and her teammates on their national championship women's volleyball victory. Cathy was also among 72 Academic All-Big Ten honorees.

The Interdiscistormer.jpgplinary Rhetoric Group, the Center for Democratic Deliberation, and the Dept. of Communication Arts and Sciences invite you to join us for two events featuring Professor Nathan Stormer, Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Maine.  On Friday, February 19, Professor Stormer will present a paper at the CAS Colloquium Series.  The title of his paper is "Remembering Secrets: Collective Memory and Biopower in U.S. Medical Rhetoric on Abortion."  On Saturday afternoon, from 4-6:00 p.m., Professor Stormer with meet with the Rhetoric Reading Group at the home of Professor Jeremy Engels.  If you wish to join us for that event and have not already received the readings or need directions, please email Professor Engels at jdengels@gmail.com.  Thanks.


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Welcome to our department's new web front page. We are making some changes in our web site, which will unfold over the next months. Let us know what you think about the site and how it can be more useful to you.

Tom Benson
Department Head

Drug Resistance Strategies Project Wins Award.

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The Drug Resistance Strategies Project, led by professors Michael Hecht and Michelle Miller-Day, has won this year's Penn State Award for Community Engagement and Scholarship, an award established in 2008 by the Vice President for Outreach in collaboration with the University Council on Engagement and the Faculty Senate Committee on Outreach.

hogan.jpgJ. Michael Hogan, Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences and Co-Director of the Center for Democratic Deliberation at Penn State, has been appointed Scholarly Advisor and Moderator of The Exchange: A Marketplace of Student Ideas.  Created by the National Constitution Center with support from the Annenberg Foundation, The Exchange uses Internet 2 videoconferencing to bring together high school students from around the country for live discussions of controversial public issues.  The program is hosted by SuChin Pak, MTV News correspondent and co-host of Planet Green's G-Word.  For more information, videos of previous programs, and a schedule of this year's programs, visit the NCC's Web site at: http://constitutioncenter.org/ncc_edu_TheExchange.aspx.

Fellows for the Center for Democratic Deliberation

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Fellows of the Center for Democratic Deliberation

Where: 367 Willard Building

Date: 1/29/2010
Time: 3:35 to 5:30.

Blood Drive

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There will be a blood drive in 7 Sparks building.

Date: 1/28/2010
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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