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New Research Published by SMC Faculty Member

The College of Professional Studies is excited to announce the publication of a new piece of research by one of our Mass Communications faculty.

Dr. Kwasi Boateng’s article, Radio in Accra: Communicating among Linguistically and Ethnically Diverse Audiences has been published in Intercultural Communication Studies, the journal of the International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies (IAICS).

Dr. Boateng’s article examines a paradigm shift in local radio programming in Accra, Ghana. Private radio in Accra has been evolving, and stations have been using the Akan language to reach a wider population that includes Akans and non-Akans.

Dr Boateng argues that what has been happening in Accra has set a precedent, and local language use is spreading on private radio.  Consequently, a wide-reaching communication network has been created that has had a transformative, democratizing effect on Ghanaian communities, and has used the sharing of information to help empower local people.

Dr Boateng’s article appears in Vol. XXII, Issue no. 1 (2009) of Intercultural Communication Studies.

Updated 10.21.2009

SMC Sophomore Wins Public Relations Grant to Attend National Conference

Mass Communication sophomore Kirsten Johnston is the sole recipient of an Arkansas Public Relations Society of America grant to attend the professional organization’s international conference next month in San Diego.

The annual conference attracts more than 2,000 public relations professionals from across the globe and another 1,000 students and advisors. The Arkansas chapter guides student PRSSA chapters (Public Relations Student Society of America) on five different campuses — UCA, ASU, Hardin, Arkansas Tech University and UALR and students from those universities compete annually for grants traditionally awarded to two students.

“The Arkansas PRSA Chapter is thrilled to award UALR student Kirsten Johnston with a scholarship to the upcoming International Conference in San Diego,” said Natalie Ghidotti, APR, president of the chapter. “In her essay, Kirsten outlined how she will use what she learns at the conference to help continue to grow the UALR PRSSA chapter after its recent ‘rebirth.’ We felt she was the clear choice to win the scholarship based on her obvious passion for public relations and dedication to helping her fellow PRSSA members continue to stay involved in the profession. We look forward to Kirsten’s continued leadership next year and encourage other students to become involved with their PRSSA chapters!”

Johnston is pursuing the Strategic Communications emphasis of the Mass Communications major and is the president-elect of the UALR PRSSA chapter.

Updated 10.11.2009

Iraq veteran joins Social Work program to help other veterans

The School of Social Work is delighted to announce that Iraq veteran George “Cliff” Hudson has joined the MSW program as a part-time student this fall.

Cliff was an Infantry Squad Leader in the United States Marine Corps in Ramadi, Iraq and since returning home has begun working with the Veteran’s Administration as a Research Assistant studying the physiological effects of time in combat. He wants to work with returning veterans and their families to assist in their transition home and in dealing with the issues that arise from time spent in combat and the effects of the adjustment of coming back to civilian life.

Cliff is also a successful singer / songwriter who has used his experiences in Iraq to reach out to other soldiers and their families with his music.  He has played venues and military bases throughout the east coast and all over the southeast.  Recently he played at Boot Fest, a benefit for the Arkansas Firefighters Memorial, a bronze sculpture destined for the state Capital grounds and at a concert for returning veterans at War Memorial Stadium.  You can find out more about Cliff and his music at his myspace page.
We are very proud of his dedication to the returning veterans and his pursuit of a MSW to help him be better prepared to assist them.

Updated 9.18.2009

Social Work Phi Alpha Chapter Wins National Award

This week Phi Alpha, the national Social Work Honor Society, announced the recipient of its annual service award.  The college is proud to announce that the award was given to the CPS School of Social Work’s Nu Delta chapter.

Phi Alpha Service Program Coordinator Jane Maas-Brady commended the Nu Delta Chapter for its “outstanding leadership”, and its efforts to strengthen the bond between chapter members and the community.  Maas-Brady also praised the Chapter’s commitment to the academic success of social work students.  She summed up her comments by saying “you do a great job in promoting the profession of social work”.

The Service Award includes a check for $500, as well as national recognition in “The New Social Worker” magazine’s fall edition.  Professor John Miller, the chapter’s faculty sponsor, has also been offered the opportunity to discuss the development and success of the Nu Delta chapter at this year’s Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Annual Program Meeting.

Updated 9.9.2009

Social Work Students Lend Helping Hands to Race for the Cure

Members of the CPS’ Master of Social Work Student Group will serve as volunteers at this year’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event on October 17th.  Participating students will brave an early morning start, beginning at 5:00 am and working until 11:00 am.  The student volunteers will spread out among the crowd, sharing information about breast cancer awareness and the importance of early detection.

Last year 20 students from the MSW program took part, but this year the figure has more than doubled, with a total of 50 community-minded students donating their time to assist in the fight against breast cancer.

Updated 9.9.2009

KUAR Forms Statewide News Network

Through a partnership with other public radio stations in Arkansas and border cities, KUAR is now offering listeners statewide news coverage. Previously, news coverage focused mainly on the central portion of the state due to staff limitations.

Contributors to this partnership include KUAR in Little Rock, KUAF in Fayetteville, KASU in Jonesboro, WKNO in Memphis, and KTXK in Texarkana, Texas. The stations are in contact daily and share their feature reports with one another.

“It’s a great way for KUAR listeners in central Arkansas to hear stories produced out of cities like Fayetteville or Jonesboro. And our news features are airing on their stations as well,” says KUAR General Manager Ben Fry.

“An excellent example of a time when our listeners were able to really benefit from this partnership was the day of the Tony Alamo verdict,” says KUAR Assignment Editor Kelly MacNeil. “We contacted KTXK in Texarkana and asked if they would be sending someone from their staff down to the courthouse. They ended up doing so, and KUAR listeners were able to hear the voices of the victims and attorneys that day. It really connected our listeners to the event.”

Some members of the news team had already witnessed the success that news collaborations can bring. News Director Ron Breeding worked at KARN, which partners with other stations to form the Arkansas Radio Network. Also, reporter Michael Hibblen recently came to KUAR after working at the National Public Radio affiliate WLRN in Miami, which was part of the Florida Radio Network.

Updated 8.21.2009

Ulmer presented at PRSA Program

Dr. Robert Ulmer, associate professor and chair of the UALR Department of Speech Communication presented a program on crisis communication at the July meeting of the Public Relations Society of America’s Arkansas chapter.

Ulmer spoke on July 17, 2009 PRSA meeting at the Little Rock Club. His talk will help participants re-conceptualize how they view crisis, address misconceptions about crisis communication and provide a framework for communicating more effectively.

A native of Canada who received his Ph.D in communication from Wayne State University in Detroit. Ulmer is co-author of four books on risk management adn crisis communication.

Updated 7.24.2009

Ulmer presented at PRSA Program

Dr. Robert Ulmer, associate professor and chair of the UALR Department of Speech Communication presented a program on crisis communication at the July meeting of the Public Relations Society of America’s Arkansas chapter.

Ulmer spoke on July 17, 2009 PRSA meeting at the Little Rock Club. His talk will help participants re-conceptualize how they view crisis, address misconceptions about crisis communication and provide a framework for communicating more effectively.

A native of Canada who received his Ph.D in communication from Wayne State University in Detroit. Ulmer is co-author of four books on risk management adn crisis communication.

Updated 7.24.2009

CPS Selects Winners of Faculty Excellence Awards

The College of Professional Studies would like to congratulate our college winners of faculty excellence awards:

Dr. David Montague, Criminal Justice, Teaching

Dr. Avinash Thombre, Speech Communication, Research

Dr. Bruce Plopper, Mass Communication, Service

They will be honored at our college brunch on April 28, 2009 and at the university faculty excellence award dinner on May 1, 2009.

Updated 2.25.2009

Richard Zraick Publishes Voice Therapy Textbook

The Voice and Voice Therapy, which Dr. Richard Zraick was invited to co-author in May 2007 has just been published (on schedule) by Pearson Education. This is the leading text in the field of voice disorders and currently commands 65% of the market. Dr. Zraick is an expert in voice disorders and neurologically-based communication disorders such as those caused by strokes. Dr. Zraick joined the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology in 1997 and has a joint appointment between UALR and UAMS.

Updated 3.31.2009
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