Convention

Alabama Communication Association 2017 Convention Schedule

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Heritage Hall Building
Birmingham, Alabama
22 July 2017

7:30-11:30am

Registration
[HHB Lobby]

8:00-8:40am

1. Alabama Communication Association Business Meeting
[HHB Room 104]

Panelists:
Executive Director: Gyromas W. Newman, University of Mobile
Immediate Past President: Susan Sarapin, Troy University
President: Raymond R. Ozley, University of Montevallo
Vice President: Jeff Walker, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Vice President Elect: Torie Fowler, University of Southern Mississippi
Secretary: Jeremy Padgett, University of Mobile

8:50-10:00am

2A. Communication, Crisis, and Controversy
[HHB Room 104]

Chair: Sean Fourney, University of Southern Mississippi
Respondent: Pavica Sheldon, University of Alabama in Huntsville

Coverage of a Crisis: The Effects of International News Portrayals of Refugees and Misuse of the Term “Immigrant”
Jennifer Hoewe, University of Alabama

Uber Crisis: A Case Study of Uber’s Crisis Management
Marianne McCarley, Auburn University
Zhiyuan Li, Auburn University

The Pepsi Controversy
Alison Slade, Coastal Alabama Community College/Louisiana College
Hazel Cole, University of West Georgia

Deus-Ex-Machina: Crisis and Presidential Performance
Carrie Reif, University of Southern Mississippi
Kathryn Anthony, University of Southern Mississippi

2B. The Evolving Media
[HHB Room 121]

Chair: Anthony Dannar, Auburn University
Respondent: Idrissa N. Snider, Miles College

Testing the Spiral of Silence by Analyzing Comments on a New York Times Op-ed
Brett Sherrick, University of Alabama
Jinjie Yang, University of Alabama

Tracking the Transformation of The Birmingham Times: A Content Comparison and Cover Story Analysis of the Southeast’s Largest Black Weekly
George Daniels, University of Alabama

Age Dissimilarity and Engagement in Mobile Messaging Groups
Braden Bagley, University of Southern Mississippi

Leveling Up Culture: An Examination of Video Game’s Culture Change
Zachary Padgett, Auburn University

What Does the Rise of eSports Mean for Contemporary Society?
Steven Young, University of Southern Mississippi

2C: Great Ideas for Teaching Students
[HHB Room 125]

Chair: Torie Fowler, University of Southern Mississippi

Modern Texts vs. Dale Carnegie: A Comparative Analysis of Public Speaking Texts from 1915 and Today
S. Brad Bailey, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Adapting Older Theories for Contemporary Students: Johari Window
John Saunders, University of Alabama in Huntsville

The Communication Studies Mission Statement: Advancing the Discipline Via Defense of the Discipline
Angela Billings, University of Alabama

Group Communication Project
Amy Mendes, Dalton State College

Combining Communication and Conscience: Teaching Field Focused Philosophy to Communication Ethics Students
Gyromas W. Newman, University of Mobile

10:10-11:20am

3A. Gender, Media, and Communication
[HHB Room 104]

Chair: Amy Mendes, Dalton State College
Respondent: Jennifer Hoewe, University of Alabama

The Woman’s Film Today: Chick Flicks and Gendered Messages
Kayleigh Murdock, Auburn University

The Eve-restoration of Dr. Louise Banks: The Perpetuation of the Lilith Myth in Arrival (2016)
Anthony Dannar, Auburn University

An Investigation of the Relationship between Instagram Use and Body Image
Pavica Sheldon, University of Alabama in Huntsville
Dianhan Zheng, University of Alabama in Huntsville

Nike’s Dichotomous Evolution: The Dual Branding from the “Every Person” to the Untouchable “Bad Boy” Celebrity Athlete and Back Again
Marianne McCarley, Auburn University

3B. GIFTS: The Silent Student
[HHB Room 121]

Chair: Idrissa N. Snider, Miles College

Panelists:
Idrissa N. Snider, Miles College
Te’Quia Morton, Miles College
Kimberly Silmon, City of Bessemer Police Department
Cherroyle Webb, Miles College
Sherron Wilkes, Miles College
Whitney Williams, Birmingham Education Foundation

3C. Undergraduate Research in Communication

[HHB Room 125]

Chair: Torie Fowler, University of Southern Mississippi
Respondent: Tiffany R. Wang, University of Montevallo

Complicating Intercultural Communication: Denied Self-Determination and Environmental Racism in Mossville, Louisiana
Carrie Clower, University of Alabama

Persuasive Analysis of Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” Speech
Harmon Derek Acker Jr., University of Mobile

Sports Riots in America: How Violence Manifests in America’s Culture
Andi Duncan, University of Alabama

Instagram Fame Study
Alexandra Wiegand, University of Alabama in Huntsville
Erin Green, University of Alabama in Huntsville

11:30am-1:00pm

4. Presidential Luncheon and Keynote Address
[HHB Lobby]

Chair: Jeff Walker, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Presidential Address
Raymond R. Ozley, University of Montevallo

Keynote Address
Wendy Atkins-Sayer, University of Southern Mississippi

1:20-2:30pm

5A. Across Campus and in the Classroom: Communication Issues in Higher Education
[HHB Room 104]

Chair: Kayleigh Murdock, Auburn University
Respondent: S. Brad Bailey, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Accent Discrimination and Misunderstanding
Rita Nassuna, University of Southern Mississippi

The “Adjunctification” of Communication
Amy Mendes, Dalton State College

Twitter Activism Across the Campus Racial Divide: The Case of #BamaSits
George Daniels, University of Alabama

Flirtation Study
Amy Lionberger, University of Southern Mississippi

5B. Social Media and Communication
[HHB Room 121]

Chair: Jeff Walker, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Respondent: Kathryn Anthony, University of Southern Mississippi

Social Media Addiction
Jaclyn Robinson, University of Alabama in Huntsville

“Let Me Take a Selfie:” The Communication of Dominant Societal Structures on Instagram via the Commodification of Kylie Jenner’s Celebrity Identity
Amanda Donato, University of Southern Mississippi

“Oh, So You’re On Instagram?” Predictors of Instagram use Among College Students in Croatia
Pavica Sheldon, University of Alabama in Huntsville
Sandra Car, University of Zagreb, Croatia

“E”-xpectations and Violations: Using Expectancy Violations Theory to Look at Virtual Communities and Its Members
Zachary Padgett, Auburn University

5C. Academics Asking for Money
[HHB Room 125]

Moderator: John Saunders, University of Alabama in Huntsville

Finding and Securing External Grants
Timothy R. Levine, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Internal Support for Faculty Initiatives
Raymond R. Ozley, University of Montevallo

Creative Conference and Travel Funding
John Saunders, University of Alabama in Huntsville

Funding Undergraduate Research
Tiffany R. Wang, University of Montevallo
2:30pm-2:50pm

6. COOKIE BREAK

[HHB Lobby ]

Sponsored by Department of Communication Studies, University of Alabama at Birmingham

2:50pm-2:50pm

7. Alabama Communication Association Top Papers
[HHB Room 106]

Chair: Gyromas W. Newman, University of Mobile
Respondent: Raymond R. Ozley, University of Montevallo

Bradley-Bryant Top Undergraduate Student Paper Award Winners:
Humor and Hegemony: John R. Gregg’s Failed Return to the Statehouse from Sandborn
Andi Duncan, University of Alabama

“But I Love You!” Understanding Young Adult Reader’s Chosen Conflict Styles and Management within Romantic Relationships
Christie Johnson, University of Montevallo
Jessica Ledford, University of Montevallo

Top Graduate Student Paper Award:
Let’s Try to Get Along: Utilizing Conflict Management Styles as a Frame for Understanding Social Movement Rhetoric
Sean Fourney, University of Southern Mississippi

Top Faculty Paper Award:
Wrestling with Native Identity and Rhetorical Performance: The Colonized Case of Tatanka/Chavis
Jason Edward Black, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
Vernon Ray Harrison, Central Alabama Community College

Conference Costs:

Membership Type Membership Fee / Conference Registration
Student $20
Faculty/Professional $40
Visitor (does not include luncheon) $10

Student and Faculty Registration includes lunch and cookie break.

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Payment can also be made by sending a check or money order with the completed membership form to:

Gyromas W. Newman
University of Mobile
5735 College Parkway
Mobile, AL 36613

Previous Conference Information:

2016 Conference Program (University of Mobile)
2015 Conference Program (University of Alabama)
2014 Conference Program (Troy University)
2013 Conference Program (University of Montevallo)
2012 Conference Program (University of South Alabama)
2011 Conference Program (Huntingdon College)