Four students honored by Pennsylvania Communication Association

February 17, 2012

Four Penn State Beaver senior communication majors were honored at the 72nd annual Pennsylvania Communication Association Conference held last fall at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa.

Beaver alumnus Ted Froats, Jr., a senior at the time of the competition, and Trey Hudspeth won second place in the Undergraduate Research Competition for their paper "Questioning Fifteen Years of Research: A Study of the Effectiveness of Listening Styles Profile 16."

In addition, Elizabeth Hain gave a poster presentation on "Intimate Partner Violence and Self-Verification Theory," a paper she coauthored with Ashley Stanfield.

The papers were written for the Communication Research Projects class taught by John Chapin, professor of communications.

Froats, who also served as Chapin’s research assistant last year, and Stanfield received their baccalaureate degrees from Beaver last semester.

In addition, Chapin, Froats and Hudspeth coauthored a paper on listening styles, "Who’s listening to victims?," which was accepted for publication by the International Journal of Listening.

"Both papers had practical applications," Chapin said. "Ted and Trey looked at how college students’ listening styles adapt for different contexts. Liz and Ashley were able to survey domestic violence victims from the local women's center and determine the impact of abuse on self-esteem and how it may predict future relationships."

"It was great to see our students compete against their peers from other colleges and universities across the State," Chapin said. "As more of our graduates choose to enroll in master’s degree programs, it's important for them to see they are ready."

For information about the projects, contact Chapin at or 724-773-3877.

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Last Updated February 20, 2012