College of Communications contingent ready for national conference

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Fifteen Penn Staters with ties to the College of Communications -- a mix of graduate students, faculty members and alumni -- will be presenting their work during the 99th annual National Communication Association (NCA) conference, scheduled Nov. 21-24 in Washington, D.C.

Three faculty members lead the contingent: distinguished professor Mary Beth Oliver, a member of the Department of Film-Video and Media Studies who serves as co-director of the Media Effects Research Laboratory; Michelle Rodino-Colocino, an associate professor in the Department of Film-Video and Media Studies; and Distinguished Professor S. Shyam Sundar, a member of the Department of Film-Video and Media Studies who serves as co-director of the Media Effects Research Laboratory.

Nine graduate students and three alumni will also participate in the conference and present their work.

Graduate students sharing their research are: Dunja Antunovic, Kelly Chernin, Tanner Cooke, Melanie Formentin, Aaron Heresco, Jennifer Hoewe, Karina Kim, Cristina Mislan and Drew Shade. Alumni participating in the conference are: Julia Daisy Fraustino, who earned her master’s degree at Penn State and is pursuing a doctorate at the University of Maryland; Jeeyun Oh, an assistant professor at Robert Morris University; and Hyang-Sook Kim, an assistant professor St. Norbert University.

The NCA is dedicated to the study of communications and its advancement through research and inquiry. The association promotes the discipline as crucial to the quality of life and as the solution to human problems. This year’s conference theme, “Connections,” features a host of topics that tie together Washington, D.C., the community and the field of communications.

Last Updated November 20, 2013