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Graduate Program

Congrats 2013 M.A. Graduates!

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Graduate Student Work Accepted for Publication

The Department congratulates Andreea Maier and Alina Cark, who recently received word that a paper they co-authored with Dr. Qin Zhang (“Self-Disclosure and Emotional Closeness in Intracultural Friendships: A Cross-Cultural Comparison Among U.S. Americans and Romanians”) has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Intercultural Communication Research!  This research came out of course taught by Dr. Zhang, CO420 (“Communication Research Design and Methodologies”) and was also accepted for presentation at this year’s National Communication Association in Orlando, FL, in mid-November.  The abstract for this research follows:

“This study investigates the cultural differences in self-disclosure and emotional closeness in intracultual friendships in U.S. and Romanian cultures. Results show that culture has a significant effect on the intent of self-disclosure and emotional closeness. First, Americans are found to disclose in a greater intent than Romanians to their friends, but the two cultures do not differ in other dimensions of self-disclosure. Second, Romanians are found to perceive a greater level of emotional closeness in intracultural friendships than Americans. Last, honesty/accuracy and intent of self-disclosure predict emotional closeness in Romania, but none of the dimensions of self-disclosure predicts emotional closeness in the U.S.”

Congratulations, Andreea, Alina, and Dr. Zhang!

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The 2012 Keenan Award Winner is…

It’s one of our favorite times of year around the Communication Department – award season!  And kicking things off, we’re delighted to announce that the 2012 recipient of the Professor James J. Keenan Award for Outstanding Achievement as a Communication Graduate Student is Kara Meagher.

Kara is the second graduate student to receive the award, which is named after Dr. Keenan, a leader in graduate communication at Fairfield University for more than four decades.  This award is given annually to a Communication graduate student who “demonstrates excellence in academic achievement, outstanding personal growth through the scholastic experience, and exceptional commitment to our field.”  The recipient should also possess “a spirit of good humor and collegiality,” in the tradition of Dr. Keenan.

Kara’s scholarship in the program has notably included paper presentations at Marquette University and the International Communication Association’s “Instructional & Developmental Communication” Division.  Her thesis undertakes a participant-observation ethnography of an urban hospital committee tasked with disclosing adverse treatment potentials to patients and their families.  Congratulations, Kara!

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Congratulations Graduate Program Alumna!

The Department of Communication extends a hearty congratulations to Barbara Puffer, an alumna of our graduate program who has been selected as one of this year’s International Association of Business Communicators Fellows – the highest honor that organization can grant to its members and an acknowledgment of her “outstanding leadership, professional accomplishment and service to IABC and the profession.”  Puffer, who is also a member of Fairfield’s College of Arts and Sciences Board of Advisors, has professional experience with numerous organizations, including the Special Olympics, the United Way, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and Connecticut Race for the Cure.  She will receive the IABC award at the association’s international conference this June in Chicago.  Congrats!

For more information, please see: http://news.iabc.com/index.php?s=43&item=269

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