In the Spotlight: April 12, 2013

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  • Laura Camden and Kurt Lancaster, associate professors in the School of Communication, visited the University of Wollongong near Sydney, Australia. Camden and Lancaster contributed to the working document “Crossing Borders and Documenting Communities,” a trilateral agreement as partnership among professors and students in journalism, along with colleagues from Umea University in Sweden. They also conducted a multimedia lecture and workshop, and produced a short documentary on Wollongong’s convergence journalism class.
  • Nicole Walker, assistant professor of English, published a new book, Quench Your Thirst with Salt. Walker is in Clarksville, Tenn., this week for the book’s release. Read about the book in Clarksville’s The Leaf Chronicle.
  • Donelle Ruwe, associate professor of English, Atticus Bailey, Samantha Gebel and Marie Knowlton-Davis, graduate students in English, presented research during the 18th- and 19th-Century British Women Writers’ Association Conference in Albuquerque on April 4-6. This international conference is dedicated to the recuperation and critical exploration of texts by non-canonical as well as canonical women writers. Ruwe’s paper, “Utilitarian Verse and Heathen Mythology in Charlotte Smith’s ‘Flora’ and Anne Ritson’s Classical Enigmas,” discussed the use of versified study guides and puzzle poetry to teach mythology in the Romantic era. Bailey’s paper, “The Role of the Sympathetic Imagination in Maria Edgeworth’s Ennui,” explored Adam Smith’s theories of moral sentiment as they are applied in an early novella about Anglo-Irish relations. Gebel’s “Radcliffe’s New Gothic Heroine: Adeline’s Transformation between the Classic Gothic Female and the Rational Dame” showed how Radcliffe’s 18th-century gothic novel stages two conflicting types of the female heroine. Knowlton-Davis examined the poetry of several late 18th-century women who wrote abolitionist verse in support of the British cane-sugar boycott in “Sensibility and Female Abolitionist Poets: a Failed Attempt?”
  • Amy Horn postcardAmy Horn, lecturer in the School of Communication, has a solo exhibit, titled “Photographic Display of Color,” at Brandy’s Restaurant in Flagstaff. A reception will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27. The exhibit includes 32 of Horn’s photographs from around the Southwest. The show will be on display until May 30.
  • Thirty-two NAU students attended the UCLA Model United Nations conference in Los Angeles last weekend, where three of them received conference honors. Political science major John Kelly and psychology and political science dual major Nicholas Cogdall each received an Honorable Mention; political science major Connor Mullins was named Best Delegate.
  • Several undergradates in communication studies presented papers at the 2013 Arizona Communication Association meeting at Glendale Community College April 6:
    • Caitlyn Rogers and Ashley Garcia presented “A Theoretical Approach to Understanding the Culture of Poverty: A Call for More Positivity” (co-authored with Kaitlin Booth). Garcia also presented “A Generic Criticism of Presidential Speeches after National Shooting Incidents” and “Sandra Day O’Connor: A Rhetorical Analysis of Her Post-Supreme Court Judicial Advocacy.” Rogers also presented “Ballads: History and Relevance.”
    • Katherine Kurpierz and Giovanna Fotino presented “Helping Granny Cross the Street: How Stereotypes of Seniors Keep them in Poverty” (co-authored with Rebecca Rice). Fotino also presented “Protect this House: An Analysis of Under Armour’s ‘Sweat Every Day’ Advertising Campaign.” Kurpierz also presented “Land of the Free, Home of the Brave:  Presidential Crisis Speeches.”
    • Garcia and Rogers also represented NAU’s chapter of Lamba Pi Eta on a roundtable discussion of honor society student leaders from various groups around the state.

    A number of NAU students in the organizational communication program, based at the Glendale Community College campus through the 2+2 program, also participated at the conference:

    • Ace Fanning, Paige Skiba, Danielle Saenz, Katie Myers, Hawar Sabir, Alicia Brown, Keri Wahlstrom, Ashley Mendivil, Katelyn Darr, and Larry Knauf participated in a panel discussion, “Goffman and the Good Life: That’s if You’re Effective At Staging.”
    • Marie Baker-Ohler, Stephen Zubia, Fanning and Mendivil and participated in a panel discussion, “The Postmodern Good Life: Diversity Special Topics Course Reflection.”
    • Nicole Lawson, Kristi Bencomo, Chad Kenman, Emmanuel Moore and Jennifer Complot participated in “Looking for the Good Life in Dark Times.”
    • Graduating seniors in the NAU/GCC 2+2 program also presented their senior capstone posters during poster sessions at the meeting.

    NAU faculty members Dan Foster, Brant Short, and Marie Baker-Ohler also attended, where Baker-Ohler chaired two panel discussions and served as association president and conference planner for the event. She also was selected to edit the association’s journal and Short was selected as vice-president of the association.