COMMUNICATION STUDIES NEWS
Com Alumni News - Several recent graduates are enrolled in programs this fall:
- Renee Engberg, Masters in Education at Santa Clara University
- Felix Huang, Masters in Public Policy at the University of Southern California
- Joshua MacFawn, the Masters in Health Administration at the University of Southern California
- Audrey Uhland, law school at the University of Southern California
- Alison Yeh, Masters in Communication at San Diego State University
And speaking of graduate school - Kirby Ifland graduated with honors from Harvard Law School this past spring, Ben Watson graduated from his dual JD/MA program in International and Comparative Law at American University, and Lauren (Cano) Amaro graduated with her Ph.D. from Arizona State University in Communication. She is now a professor at Pepperdine. Lisa (Brown) Raser, who finished her Ph.D. last year, is now a professor at Humbold State University in Communication.
Com Majors Travel to Germany, Ireland, and the UK for Mayterm 2014: Berlin to Belfast - Reconciling Memory
Seventeen students studied reconciliation and memory during the summer session. Students studied peace and reconciliation through examining sites of struggle and places of remembrance, through meeting eyewitnesses to history, conflict, tragedy and reconciliation. Places visited included: Berlin, Dresden, Belfast, Londonderry/Derry, Rostrevor, Dublin, London, and Coventry. We also planted potatoes in Ireland, raised funds for playground equipment for disabled children, and worshipped in many different spaces and places.
Communication Studies Grads & Prof Honored During Commencement 2013.
Two com majors were honored on stage - Kristin Lo and J.J. Turbin. Lo, who served as Westmont College Student Association president, earned the Dave Dolan Award for contributing to the awareness and response to the social and spiritual needs of the community, the nation and the world.Turbin earned the Dean’s Award as the outstanding male graduate who demonstrated excellence in the classroom and made superior contributions to an athletic team. Turbin earned All-Golden State Athletic Conference honors playing center field for the Warriors baseball team. And Dr. Omedi Ochieng was honored with the 2013 Outstanding Teacher Award in the humanities. Read more about commencement here:
He Leadeth Me Beside...The Roiling Waters
On April 16th, Visiting Professor Dr. Michael Graves described some of the ways his Quaker beliefs have steered his scholarly pursuits in rhetoric. Of particular interest was his discussion of the "inward light of Christ."
Students studied the construction of sacred pilgrimage in Israel/Palestine, Jordan, Northern Ireland, Ireland, and England, visiting sites from the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem to Kilmainham Gaol to Canterbury Cathedral. Along the way, we asked what makes a site truthful? How do sites come to be holy or sacred? Mostly, we learned that people and hospitality make any pilgrimage more holy.
Students Meet David Gergen
Several com majors heard political analyst David Gergen speak to a sold-out crowd at UCSB's Cambell Hall December 1, and then joined about 15 other Westmont students for a private session with Gergen afterwards. Gergen expressed his belief that the most "put-together" people are anchored by family, faith, and friends.
Com Alums Start Graduate School
Several recent graduates are enrolled in programs this fall:
- Vanassa Hamra, the Draper Program in Humanities and Social Thought at New York University
- Kelsey Lahr, Conflict Resolution at Georgetown University
- Stephanie (Strasner) Stout at Whittier Law School
- Cameron Sublett in the doctoral program for Educational Leadership at UCSB; and
- Ben Watson in the dual JD/MA program in International and Comparative Law at American University, Washington College of Law.
Lauren Cano Amoro is mid-way through her Ph.D. program in communication at ASU, Kirby Ifland is finishing his law degree at Harvard, and Lisa (Brown) Raser is finishing her Ph.D. in communication at Southern Illinois.
Students traveled to Northern Ireland to study conflict and reconciliation -- the fourth such trip since 2002. In this photo, students gather on the steps of Stormont, the Northern Ireland Assembly building with Paul Maskey, Sinn Fein Representative for Belfast West. Students attended a hearing and were briefed by members of Sinn Fein, the DUP, and SDLP on current issues facing Northern Ireland's peace process and a devolved government.
Greg Spencer Publishes Book About the Quieter Virtues
“Many forces today argue against the practice of contentment,” Spencer says, “such as advertising, ‘helping’ the economy recover, an individual’s desire to control circumstances — and perhaps also personal uncertainty about contentment itself.”
In this, his fourth book, Spencer explores whether contentment is desirable or just another word for complacency. “Why should I be content when there are so many problems facing our world?” Spencer asks. “Is worry the same thing as discontentment — and isn’t worrying simply a normal part of everyday life?” The lecture will introduce the idea of “quieter virtues” and address the nature of contentment and its relationship to a media-saturated culture.
Alumni Gather in Chicago
Megan Moe, Lisa (Brown) Raser, Dave Tell, Lauren (Cano) Amoro, and Don Waisanen gathered at the National Communication Association convention in Chicago, November 2009.