Wheeling Jesuit’s communication department to present work at annual convention

  WJU News
  Thursday, January 24, 2019 3:12 PM
  WJU News, Academics

Wheeling, WV

Several students, along with Dr. Nancy Bressler, from Wheeling Jesuit's communication department will be presenting their work at the Eastern Communication Association (ECA) annual convention. This year's convention, "Creating our Future," will be held on Wednesday, April 10 through Sunday, April 14 in Providence, Rhode Island. 

According to their website, “The Eastern Communication Association (ECA) is a professional organization of scholars, teachers, and students of Communication Studies. The ECA was initially established in 1910 and continues as the oldest professional communication association in the United States.” 

Students and faculty members from different institutions and organizations across the country submit their research for this annual convention. The submissions go through a competitive review process and only the most outstanding are selected to present at the convention. 

This year, several communication majors from Wheeling Jesuit submitted their research as well as volunteered to serve on different research panels at the convention. Five students had their work competitively reviewed and accepted for presentation at the convention including, Bailey Frederick, poster presentation; Ian Seaton, research panel; Kaitlin Shields, research panel; Cameron Smith, two research panels; and Brandon Tenney, research panel. 

In addition to the students who were selected, Dr. Bressler, program coordinator for the communication department, also had several research projects accepted and will teach a short course regarding media at the convention. She also received one of four "top paper" honors for her paper, "We Raise Our Children to Believe that They Can Be Anything: Examining the Feminist Fathering Possibilities on Black-ish."

"I attend this every year because it is the most meaningful convention to me. The participants provide great constructive criticism to further research and enhance projects. It fosters open discussions about research, the future of the communication field, and gives us the opportunity to come together to discuss how communication can improve society. For the last four years, I've been able to share this experience with students. It has been beneficial both for students to further their research, as well as provided excellent opportunities for advancement after graduating from Wheeling Jesuit," said Dr. Bressler.  

Wheeling Jesuit University is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the country offering 25 majors and concentrations, 15 minors, and six graduate programs. The University provides a Jesuit, Catholic, liberal arts education, and our affordable programs unite the Jesuit tradition of intellectual excellence allowing students to receive an education for life, leadership and service with and among others. The 65-acre campus is situated on the Ohio River 50 miles south of Pittsburgh, and two hours east of Columbus, in Wheeling, WV.     

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