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13th Annual Conference - Final Program (revised 3/15/09)

7:30 – 9:00 a.m.   
Continental Breakfast 

Center for Academic Success 1st Floor  

8:15 – 8:30 a.m.  

Welcoming Remarks 

Center for Academic Success Auditorium 106 (1st Floor)

Dr. Fred Fitch, NJCA First Vice President and Conference Coordinator.
Dr. Christopher Lynch, Department of Communication, Kean University
Dr. Dawood Farahi, President, Kean University.  

8:45 – 9:45 a.m. - Session 1 

Communication and the Construction and Reconstruction of Race
Room 450 
Chair: Dr. Wenli Yuan

“Why Racial Appeals Were Rendered Useless in the ’08 Presidential Election,” Jason Turcotte, New York University

“Imagine: Using DNA ancestral data to re-imagine the social construction of race,” Anita Foeman, College of West Chester 

“From Amos ‘n’ Andy to Heathcliff Huxtable: An examination of the portrayal of African-Americans in television,” Kristen Kiernicki, College of New Jersey 

“What Types of Conditions with Higher Education and Socio-Economic Pressures Can Help Stimulate and Nurture The Persistence of African American Males in College?” Helena Hundley, Kean University

Communication, Health, and Public Policy Issues
Room 451 

Chair:  Pamela Poe, Marymount Manhattan College

“Gender differences in the impact of direct to consumer advertisements of prescription drugs on the healthcare-seeking behavior of male and female undergraduate students,” Satarup Dasgupta, Temple University 

“Where Public Relations Meets Public Health: Multidisciplinary Research on Health Marketing to Older Adults In Seattle, WA with Implications for Public Health and Public Relations Praxis,” Pamela Poe, Manhattan College 

“Does involvement and sexual communication affect sexual activity?,” Etosha Manning, Kean University

“Public Issues:  Public Input,” Laura Kirkpatrick, Monmouth University 

“Nationwide Newspaper Coverage of Tobacco Marketing to Adolescents in the Years Since the Master Settlement Agreement: A Community Structure Approach,” Truc-Lan Vu, College of New Jersey

Culture Jamming and Political Praxis
Room 452 

Chair:  Kathleen LeBesco, Marymount Manhattan College 

“Culture Jamming and/as Service Learning,” Kathleen LeBesco, Marymount Manhattan College

“Exploring the Extremes of Government Bailouts,” Aimee La Fountain, Marymount Manhattan College

“Best New Me:  Fake Makeover TV and Desperation for Celebrity,” Rachel Elmore, Marymount Manhattan College

“True Life: I’m a LARPist”--A Criticism of Reality on Television,” Elis Estrada, Marymount Manhattan College. 

“Cybersquatting at CNN,” Jessica Agi, Marymount Manhattan College 

“G is for Gay:  A Children’s Book Prank,” Krista Cousins, Marymount Manhattan College. 

Teaching Communication in a Distance Learning Format

Room 453 

Chair:  Susan McManimon, Rider University           

Barry Jones, Rider University           

Shawn Kildea, Rider University           

Aaron Moore, Rider University  

The Hybridization of Communication Courses
Room 454 

Chair:  Sheila McAllister-Spooner, Monmouth University 

“Going Beyond to Inspire:  Developing Creative Conversation Outside the Classroom,” Suzanne Carbonaro, Rider University

“The Advantages & Challenges of an Intercultural Communication Hybrid Course,” Tatyana Dumova, Montclair State University

“Simulating Practical Situations in Writing Intensive Courses,” Sheila McAllister Spooner, Monmouth University

“The "Truth" about Teaching the Hybrid Speech Class,” Gina Serafin-Persson, Community College of Morris

 “Labor of Emotion and Commitment of Love,” Anthony Naaeke, Marymount Manhattan College

What a Difference a Generation Makes: How Changes to the Medium and the Message Have Changed the Way We Live
Room 455 

Chair:  Elipenahli Neslihan, Montclair State University 

“Environmental Communication: A Vehicle for Change, Growth, and Economic Stimulation,” Malorie Pease, Montclair State University

“The Rhetoric of Health Communication: How Media are Making ‘Health Talk’ More Open and Personal,” Neslihan Elipenahli, Montclair State University 

“Getting to Know You, Dating in the 21st Century: Important Dimensions of New Dating Trends and Technologically Founded Romance,” Eileen Cruz, Montclair State University

 “From Typewriters to Instant Messaging: The Technology Impact on Workplace Communication,” Jessica Butler, Montclair State University 

“If You Need Me, Call Me: How the Advent of Personal Communication Technology has Changed Family Dynamics,” Claudia Bogris, Montclair State University

Text Me:  Societal Standards for the Usage of Portable Communication Devices
Room 343

Chair:  Meghan O’Connor Gill, Kean University

Dr. Jack  Sargent, Kean University

Larry Boyer, Tradeware Global

Ignacio Segovia. Kean University

Alex Tanner, Kean University

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Session 2

Added Value in Media Production Courses
Room 450 

Chair:  Donna Montanaro Dolphin, Monmouth University 

Aaron Furgason, Monmouth University 

John Morano, Monmouth University 

Chad Dell, Monmouth University 

Robin Kampf, Monmouth University

Communication, Language and Interaction
Room 451 

Chair:  Pat W. Lauro, Kean University 

“Email communication and miscommunication:  A study of age, gender, mood, and intended vs. interpreted messages,” Lauren, Shapiro, Farleigh Dickinson University

“The Sorry State of “Sorry”:  Don Imus’ Trip through the Dissociational Stances of Apologia,” Christopher Caldiero, Farleigh Dickinson University

“Trash Talking Ourselves to Death:  The Rise of Uncivil Discourse, and What To Do About It,” Janet Sternberg, Fordham University 

“Interpersonal interaction and space,” Denise Dominguez, Kean University 

“Communicating for Connections:  Service Learning and Teamwork,” Hui-Min Kuo, Rutgers University 

"Language and Power:  How Linguistic and Performative Choices Impact the Scores of Competitive Performance Poetry,” Haley Cyrulnik-Dercher, Montclair State University

Gendered Communication in Everyday Life
Room 452

Chair:  Janet Yedes, Kean University

Tara Bandoni, Kean University

Sundas Javad, Kean University 

Rachel Migliorini, Kean University 

Denise Dominguez, Kean University 

Vanessa Quiarino, Kean University 

Communication, Community Colleges and Transfers
Room 453 

  Mike Echols, Bergen Community College

Christopher Lynch, Kean University. 

Hui Min Kuo, Rutgers University. 

Gina Serafin-Persson, County College of Morris 

Paul Keating, Brookdale Community College 

Dan Agatino, St. Elizabeth College

Don Swanson, Monmouth University  

Bringing the Ethos of the Apprenticeship Back to the Liberal Arts Education:  Infusing Respect for the Skill, Art and Technique of the Moving Image
Room 454

Chair:  Joel Ludovich, Richard Stockton University          

Jeremy Newman, Richard Stockton University          

Christine Farina, Richard Stockton University  

Experiential Learning: Creating Video Travelogue and Documenting Travelearn Experience through New Media Technology
Room 455

  Brian Oakes, Kean University

Kristine Mirrer, Kean University 

Cathleen Londino, Kean University 

Lawrence Londino, Montclair State University 

Scott McHugh, Kean University 

Larry Ling-hsaun Tung, Kean University

Gathering Together: Social life on the Net
Room 343

Chair:  Katherine Dunsmore, Fairleigh Dickinson University 

"Remix, Rewrite, and Converge: Navigating Fan Communities and Participatory Culture," Cynthia W. Walker, St. Peter's College

"The Power of Internet Connectivity: Increasing Local Civic Participation through Online Volunteering," Tatyana Dumova, Montclair State University

"The Labor of Social Networking: What are the Experts' Advice on Becoming Famous on Myspace.com?," Hiesun Cecilia Suhr, Rutgers University

"Conceptualizing Online Democracy: The Interplay of Formal and Informal Modes of Control," Christine Lemesianou and Todd Kelshaw, Montclair State University

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – KEYNOTE ADDRESS

The Little Theatre, Kean University Center (across the square from the CAS), 1st Floor

“An Interpretation of Praxis: Translating Theory into Practice,”
Sandra Petronio, Indiana University-Perdue University Indianapolis.

Business Meeting of the NJCA will immediately follow.


12:45 p.m. -   1:45 p.m. –  LUNCH   

Downs Hall 

2:00 p.m. -   3:15 p.m. – Session 3  

Rooms 118, 119,120 

Chair:  Mary Nagy, Rutgers University 

“A Zine as a means for exploring gender issues,” Stacey Peterson, Notre Dame of Maryland 

“All of social life is a stage:  Using video media to teach the basic interpersonal course,” Corey Liberman, Marymount Manhattan College 

“Collaborative test making,” Tatyana Dumova, Montclair University 

“Communication in film,” Jason Thompson, City University of New York 

“Group work in the virtual classroom:  Lost on the moon,” Marshall D. Katzman, Bergen County College 

“Increasing writing proficiency and avoiding grading preconceptions in the writing intensive class,” Chad Dell, Monmouth University 

“Hugs not Drugs”:  Examining and critiquing anti-drug campaigns’ theoretical applications,” Mary Nagy, Rutgers University 

“Maven Formula:  A coaching tool for professors, executives and leaders,” Robert J. Petrausch, Iona University 

“Stimulating Classroom Interaction Through Web-Log Assignments,” Matthew Jones, Morris County College 

Communication and Culture:  From the Local to the Global and Back
Room 450

Chair:  Seif Sekalala, Kean University 

“Cultural Values in Public Service Ads: a Case Study of 2008 Olympic Games,” Yuan Yuan, Rutgers University 

“Contrived collectivism:  An ethnographic analysis of Starbucks coffee shop,” Mary Fitch, Eastern University 

“Communicating Havana:  Reflections on otherness through the practice of tourist photography,” Lia Ungureanu, Rutgers University 

“An integrated approach to understanding Asian-American Acculturation,” Kohshi Itagaki, Rutgers University 

“Weick’s Theory of Organizing (Sensemaking),” Tasheem Z. Faridi, Monmouth University

Communication and Gender Matters

Room 451
Chair:  Kristin Wellins, Kean University 

“A Feminist Critical Discourse Analysis of the Pro-EDNOS Online Space,” Dara Persis Murray, Rutgers University

“The prison of masculinity:  A feminist considers gender oppression behind bars,” Eleanor Novek, Monmouth University

“Television Representations of Women in the 1950s,” Janna Raudenbush, College of New Jersey 

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue:  Wedding planning on TheKnot.com,” Alyson Thelin, Rutgers University 

“Gender role stereotypes in advertising,” Christine Azzolino, Montclair State University 

“Female Gender Perceptions in Informational Media,” Mark Barros, Montclair State University

General Semantics and Its Application to Communication Teaching and Scholarship
Room 452 

Chair:  Thom Gencarelli, Manhattan College            

Janet Sternberg, Fordham University            

Lance Strate, Fordham University            

Don Swanson, Monmouth University

Twenty-Four Hour News, Digital Magazines and Celebrity Commodities: Undergraduate Research in Mass Communication
Room 453

 Chair:  Pamela Poe, Manhattan College 

“The Fault, Dear Brutus, is Not in Our Stars, But in Ourselves,” Brianne Panzarella, Manhattan College 

“The Evolution of the Magazine:  An Analysis of Digital Publications in Print Media,” Sarah Mulligan, Manhattan College 

“The Celebrity Machine:  an analytical Study of the Celebrity as Commodity,” Kristen Meddaugh, Manhattan College

Communicating for PR Connections
Room 455 

  Sheila McAllister-Spooner, Monmouth University

Matthew Tulla, Monmouth University

Shannon Halton, Monmouth University 

Health Communication Promotion Campaigns

Chair:  John Pollock, College of New Jersey           

“Mental Illness Stigma,” Megan Roe and Kristn Kiernicki, The College of New Jersey 

“HPV Vaccine,” Kristen Kiernicki, The College of New Jersey 

“Apex Ukraine:  Fight against AIDS,” Kevin Gilligan, The College of New Jersey

“Dangers of Tanning Salons,” Kevin Gilligan, The College of New Jersey 

“Body Dismorphic Disorder,” Garrett DiMarco, The College of New Jersey 

“Safe Oral Sex,” Truc-Lan Vu, The College of New Jersey

Lambda Pi Eta Workshop
Room 343

Chair:  Hugh Curnutt, Montclair State University

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. – Session 4  

Assessment of Our Students, Our programs and Our Discipline
Room 450 

Chair:  Christopher Lynch, Kean University 

Anita Foeman, Westchester College 

Harry Haines, Montclair State University

Steven Koski, St. Elizabeth College

John Pollock, College of New Jersey 

Don Swanson, Monmouth University  

Net Agility:  Getting Connected Without Getting Snagged
Room 451 

Chair:  Kathleen Haspel, Farleigh Dickinson University 

“Virtual Public Relations,” Sheila McAllister-Spooner, Monmouth University 

“Developing an Intellectual Community Online,” Anastacia Kurylo, Marymount University 

“The practical implications of Internet connectivity,” Katherine Dunsmore, Farleigh Dickinson University 

“Has the Internet Made Personal Privacy Obsolete?” Richard Lee, Rutgers University 

“Creating a Job Search with Virtual Portfolios,” Susan McManimon, Rider University

Old Media, New Media: Politics & Culture
Room 452

Chair:  Egdanis Torres-Dominicci, Kean University 

“Movies, Internet and Advertisement,” Saniya Ghanoui, Marymount Manhattan College 

“The Media’s Role in Setting Agendas in Campaigns,” Tara Fantini, Monmouth University 

“Strategy vs. Issue Frames in Coverage of Super Tuesday 2008,” Scott Pioli, College of New Jersey 

“Exploring new media success during the 2008 presidential campaign,” Yisel Lopez, Montclair State University 

“Fear Appeals in the 2008 Election,” Agnieszka Ziaja, Montclair State University

Campus Media Roundtable:  Challenges and Opportunities
Room 453 

Chair:  Chad Dell, Monmouth University 

Kathleen Haspel, Farleigh Dickinson University 

Aaron Furgason, Monmouth University 

Lorena Chouza, Farleigh Dickinson University 

Thom Gencarelli, Manhattan College

Steve Voorhees, Mercer Community College 

Pat Lauro Winters, Kean University 

Lew Wheaton, Bergen County Community College

Communicating Gender in Social Movements
Room 454 

Chair: Janet Yedes, Kean University 

Marla Staley, Kean University 

Ximena Garcia-Noriega, Kean University 

Sharon Reagan, Kean University 

Colleen Reynolds, Kean University     

Edyta Krzton, Kean University

Marco Velastegui, Kean University          

Victoria Ramirez, Kean University          

Danielle England, Kean University          

Krychne Brudent, Kean University

5:00 p.m. –  POST SCRIPTUM 
Center for Academic Success 1st Floor, Auditorium 106  

Closing Remarks, Reception and Raffle Drawing 



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