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Students Learning to Deliberate with Wolf Pack Community Howls

Students in Dr. Amy Pason’s COM 468: Facilitating Difficult Discussions course recently completed their second Wolf Pack Community Howl on the topic of Safety and Justice.  Students facilitated other undergraduate students in discussing different options for ensuring safety in communities, while also understanding biases and injustices that might be part of those policies.  To learn … Continue reading Students Learning to Deliberate with Wolf Pack Community Howls

Department of Communication Studies Welcomes new Chair: Dr. Jimmie Manning

The Department of Communication Studies will have a new department chair starting in January 2019.  Dr. Jimmie Manning (PhD, University of Kansas) specializes in Interpersonal communication, including family, computer-mediated, and sexuality contexts.  Previously, Dr. Manning has worked at Northern Kentucky University and most recently at Northern Illinois University where he served as chair of the … Continue reading Department of Communication Studies Welcomes new Chair: Dr. Jimmie Manning

Undergraduate researchers present An(other) Reno for COM 311

Students in Dr. Robert Gutierrez-Perez’s COM 311: Communication Research Methods course, worked this semester to collect oral histories, archival materials, and other texts to create performances around the theme of “otherness”.  Students performed these works at the Holland Project, and also utilized this community performance to as a  fundraiser for the The Sylvia Rivera Center … Continue reading Undergraduate researchers present An(other) Reno for COM 311

UNR Faculty and Students Present at National Communication Association Convention

The 104th National Communication Association Annual Convention will take place in Salt Lake City over November 8-11.  Members of the Communication Studies department will present their research.  NCA is one of the main professional associations for communication studies in the United States. Graduate student Tandace Crane will be part of a roundtable discussion for the … Continue reading UNR Faculty and Students Present at National Communication Association Convention

Graduate Student featured TedX speaker!

Jenna Weiner, a recent Dean’s Merit Scholarship recipient, has recently been selected to speak at the UNR TedX event this coming spring.  Weiner will discuss advocacy for trans athletes.  You can read more about Weiner at this Nevada Today story.

Welcome Drs. Vik and Huerta!

Two new Assistant Professors joined the Department of Communication Studies this Fall. Dr. Tennley Vik received her PhD from Ohio State in 2012, and joins us from previously teaching at Emporia State in Kansas. Vik’s research focuses on sexuality and communication. Her research interests include family communication about sexuality and reproduction, as well as disclosure, … Continue reading Welcome Drs. Vik and Huerta!

Dr. Sarah Blithe publishes: Sex and Stigma

Associate Professor, Sarah Blithe, has recently published the book, Sex and Stigma: Stories of Everyday Life in Nevada Brothels.  This book continues her previous research exploring “hidden” organizations and the organizational life of brothel workers.  Read more about this book on Nevada Today.

Faculty Jenna Hanchey explains Peace Corp recruitment

Assistant Professor, Jenna Hanchey, was recently interviewed by the Daily Press in relation to The Peace Corps recruiting from HBCUs or in African American businesses.  Hanchey explained how previous recruiting practices often enforce stereotypes, but that having volunteers from diverse backgrounds is important.  Read the full article here.

Dr. Blithe’s research on brothels featured in Reno Gazette Journal

Dr. Sarah Blithe was recently interviewed and spoke on recent controversies related to legal prostitution in Nevada as part of her research and recently published book: Sex and Stigma: Stories of Everyday Life in Nevada’s Legal Brothels,” coming Jan 2019 with New York University Press. See the Reno Gazette Journal article here

First Wolf Pack Community Howl a success!

Students in COM 468: Facilitating Difficult Discussions worked with the ASUN Center for Student Engagement to facilitate community dialogues about mental health and its impacts on our communities.  Following the model of deliberative discussions by the National Issues Forums and Kettering Foundations, students facilitated small groups of other UNR students and staff in discussing how … Continue reading First Wolf Pack Community Howl a success!