Inaugural Communication Week set for April 15-18




April 9, 2013

CONTACT: Dr. Nelle Bedner, (501) 450-5601; 


By Spencer Mercy

College of Fine Arts and Communication Media Office

CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas Department of Communication will host the first Communication Week on the campus April 15-18.

“It’s self-proclaimed, but we’re serious about it,” said Dr. Nelle Bedner, associate professor and Communication Week chairman. “Communication is powerful. It’s also fun. And we want to illustrate these concepts to our students and to the campus.”

The week’s activities, all free and open to the public, include:

• Monday, April 15, noon — UCA Forensics team presents “Should concealed weapons be allowed on campus?” Student center amphitheater.

• Monday, April 15, 2 p.m. — Panel discussion of “Entrepreneurship in Communication” with Lisa Frein, cofounder of Kazoo Marketing and Communications of Tulsa; Stacey Jones of Ariel Strategic Communications of Conway; and Jodie Spears of Living Pink Public Relations of Little Rock. Thompson Hall 115.

• Tuesday April 16, 1:40 p.m. — UCA Forensics Showcase Debate. Thompson Hall foyer.

• Tuesday, April 16, 6 p.m. — Olive M. Hilliard Speech Showcase, honoring the memory of Hilliard, a UCA instructor from 2003 until her death in 2010. It spotlights outstanding student speeches at the freshman or sophomore level. College of Business 100.

• Wednesday April 17, 2 p.m.— Exhibition of research projects by seniors majoring in Communication. McAlister Hall Mirror Room.

• Thursday April 18, 1:40 p.m.— Departmental Awards Ceremony. Thompson Hall foyer.

Senior research projects to be presented April 17 include:

• “Transition: A Post High School Look,” by Jesse C. Chambliss and Marcela Montelongo Soto;

• “Parenting Strategies through the Lens of the Communication Discipline,” by Mary Ann Vincent and Rachel Moore;

• “Not Just Black and White Anymore: A Critical Analysis of the Media Effects Research Pertaining to Adolescent Girls,” by Stephanie M. Yancey, Natalyn L. Bell and Tierra Francis Mohammed;

• “Image Restoration and Apologia Strategies: The Case of Bobby Petrino,” by Dalton B. Taylor and Morgan E. Lacour;

• “Framing the Nonverbal: Nonverbal Communication Used During the Pre-Snap Read Derived from the Perspective of the Offensive Sub-Organization of the Team Sport, Football,” by Jeffrey D. Dreher;

• “The Progression of Family Communication: Influence of Technology since the 20th Century,” by Bethany Lanell Miller, Holly Renee Frein and Myka Paige Harrison;

• “Over the Decades: A Retrospective Analysis of Race in Television,” by Megan Pile, Kellie Standley and Olivia Stone; and

• “Southern Gender Stereotypes During the World War II Era: An Analysis of Arkansas Obituaries from 1935, 1946 and 1955,” by Daniel Wingfield, Zachary Hall and Jon Love.

“The Department of Communication is looking forward to this opportunity to show the UCA campus the excellent work done by our faculty and students,” said Dr. Jim Hikins, chair of the Department of Communication.

For more information, contact Bedner (501) 450-5601 or