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The Coyote Speech & Debate Team competed in their 1st tournament of the academic year at the 24th Annual Griffin Invitational Tournament at Grossmont College. Students competed in individual events for the first time ever, as well as parliamentarian debate. In Impromptu Speaking students ranked as follows: DeShawna Griffith- 2nd; Joshua Martinez- 3rd; Tejwant Brar- 4th; Alfredo Pulido- ranked 2nd by 2 of 3 judges. In Informative Speaking students performed as follows: Sean Maulding- 3rd by two out of 3 judges; Karen Moreno- ranked 3rd by one judge. In Persuasive Speaking, Jacob Boucher- received consecutive "Excellent" ratings from judges. In Speech to Entertain, Theresa Salas- received "Excellent" ratings from judges. The Coyotes posted 3 Parlimentarian debate teams. Team 1: Tejwant Brar & Alfredo Pulido advanced to the elimination round. Team 2: Sean Maulding and Oscar Lobos won 2 out of 4 debates. Team 3: Natalie Gayoso and Josefina Valdivia narrowly lost their debates (literally only by 1 point).


At the American Advertising Federation - Inland Empire Media Awards Gala, M.A. student Chelsea Galvez won the Academic Achievement Award and $1,500; M.A. student Jacob Poore won Agency Professional of the Year; and alumna and Coyote Radio Director Lacey Kendall  represented the station's "My Awesome Empire,' which she produces with CSUSB students, in its win for "Locally Produced Radio or Television Show of the Year."

M.A. student Donna Trewhella has received the Clarion Award from the Association for Women in Communication for her investigative series "Inland Unsolved."

M.A. student and Coyote Advertising Director Jacob Poore was elected to serve on the Executive Board of Directors of the American Advertising Federation District 15.

Donna Gotch was elected Second Vice President of the Western States Communication Association. Part of her duties will be to run the Undergraduate Student Research Conference in 2018.

Congratualations to our 2 newest professors. Dr. Mariam Betlemidze had two papers accepted to the 2017 Western States Communication Association convention. Dr. Julie Taylor received the Top Paper award from the Organizational Communication division for the 2017 WSCA convention.

The Teaching Resource Center has announced recent grants and, not surprisingly, multiple COMM faculty have received awards (including our two newest faculty members). Faculty Learning Community:  Brian Heisterkamp, Mihaela Popescu, & Mariam Betlemidze. Teaching Skills Study Award:  Julie Taylor.

Dr. Brian Heisterkamp and his team were awarded a $3.25 million Title V Cooperative Grant of more than three million dollars for their project "From Here to Career."

For the fourth consecutive year, Dr. Bradford Owen directed the CSUSB London Summer Program; a record 25 students lived and studied in central London for 31 days.

Dr. T.C. Corrigan received a College of Arts and Letters Summer Research Fellowship.

The CSUSB Office of Student Research selected Dr. Liliana Gallegos and her student team to participate in the 2016 Summer Research Program; their research topic was Lucha Libre, a form of Mexican professional wrestling.

Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb has been appointed Interim Director of CSUSB's Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.

The annual Communication Studies Symposium was held Monday, May 2, with an Awards Luncheon, a Keynote Panel, the inaugural Alumni Council Meeting, and Alumni Panels. See the event poster here.

The CSUSB Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (Dr. Ece Algan, Director) hosted Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Shirin Ebadi for a lecture in Coussoulis Arena on October 22, 2015. The lecture, entitled "Ways to Fight Islamic Fundamentalism," was attended by more than 800 members of the CSUSB community and the public.


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