Archive for November, 2013

EIU Speech Team featured in Peoria TV news story

November 15, 2013

Check out this TV news broadcast from WMBD-TV in Peoria, featuring the EIU Speech Team competing in a tournament at Bradley University.


Comm Studies students to present program on hate speech

November 15, 2013

Students from two Communication Studies classes are presenting a special program on hate speech.  Students enrolled in CMN 3903 (Communication, Gender and the Body) and CMN 3220 (Communication, Race and Ethnicity) are presenting an event entitled “Journey to Hate Free Communities: Moving Toward a Proactive World.”  It will be held Thursday evening, December 5 at 6:00 p.m. in the University Ballroom of the E.I.U. Union.  Students will screen the documentary Journey to a Hate Free Millennium that addresses the hate crimes committed against Mathew Sheppard, James Byrd Jr., and the Columbine shootings. The purpose of the event is to gather members of the EIU and Charleston communities for a proactive dialogue to address issues related to hate speech on the basis of race, gender, sexuality, and religion. Student-made videos relating personal narratives will also be featured.   Members of the campus community as well as the general public are invited.

Three faculty members win faculty achievement awards from Eastern

November 15, 2013

Three faculty members from the Department of Communication Studies are winners of Eastern Illinois University’s 2013 Achievement and Contribution awards for faculty.  Dr. Melanie Mills and Dr. Richard Jones are being honored for outstanding achievements in service, while Dr. Marita Gronnvoll is being honored in the balanced category, which takes into account her accomplishments in teaching, service, and research.

Balasi Public Speaking Contest set for early December

November 7, 2013


The EIU Department of Communication Studies will host the annual Balasi Public Speaking Contest in early December.  The contest is open to any student who was enrolled in Intro to Speech Communication (CMN 1310 or CMN 1390) during the Fall Semester of 2013.  Contestants are required to give a 7 to 9 minute persuasive speech before a panel of judges.  The top competitors from the preliminary round will advance to the finals, where they will give the speech a second time.  The contest winner will receive $500, second place will receive $300, and third place will receive $100.  The preliminary round of the contest will be Monday, December 2 at 6:00 p.m. in Coleman Hall.  The finals will be Tuesday, December 3 at 6:30 p.m. in Buzzard Hall 1501.  The contest is named in memory of the late Betty Balasi, who was a long-time staff member in the Department of Communication Studies at Eastern.

Jessica McDonald honored for outstanding Master’s thesis

November 5, 2013


Former Communication Studies graduate student Jessica McDonald is the winner of the 2013 Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award from the College of Arts and Humanities at Eastern Illinois University.  It’s the second highest achievement in graduate research at Eastern.  Jessica’s thesis is entitled “Coordination and Symbolic Convergence at the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center” and was completed in the Spring of 2013.   Jessica’s thesis is one of two entries from Eastern that have been submitted to the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools for its Distinguished Masters Thesis Award competition,  Jessica received her Master of Arts degree in May of 2013 and is now teaching classes in Easterns’ Department of Communication Studies and at Lake Land College in Mattoon.