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Archive for May, 2012

Prof. Gudelunas Honored at ICA

Our congratulations go out to Associate Professor David Gudelunas, whose work presented at this year’s International Communication Association conference in Phoenix was named a top faculty paper in the “Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies” Interest Group. The paper was titled, “Generational Differences Among Gay Men and Lesbians: Social and Media Change.”

Abstract: This essay looks at generational differences in the gay and lesbian community and specifically looks at how technology serves as a point of distinction in the coming out and socialization process of younger and older sexual minorities.  Drawing on generational cohort theory, this essay begins with a review of literature related to ageing in the gay and lesbian community and then looks at qualitative and quantitative findings to establish key points of difference between older and younger cohorts of sexual minorities. Ultimately, the availability of technology including social media, online communities and other new media tools in the lives of gay men and lesbians is positioned as a critical distinction in the understanding and acceptance of an abstract notion of gay and lesbian community.  While older gay men and lesbians sought out images of sexual minorities in media, younger respondents were more likely to create these images themselves and were thus less concerned about traditional questions of representation.

Bravo, David!

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Lambda Pi Eta – Class of 2012

On May 12, 2012, the Department proudly welcomed 14 new members to Lamda Pi Eta, the international undergraduate honor society in Communication:

Kristen E. Bona

Briana F. Cronk

Margot P. da Cunha

Nicolette Ficchi

Stephen Fiorentine

Alice F. Guglielmoni

Michelle R. Haag

Amy C. Ingrilli

Amy H. Keiser

Ashli L. Kravarik

Nicole M. Laskowski

Courtney A. Monaghan

Julianna N. Sabra

Mikaela A. Tierney

Dr. Sallyanne Ryan, who inaugurated our chapter in 1997, hosted the ceremony and reflections were offered by Nicole M. Laskowski, Briana F. Cronk, and Mikaela A. Tierney. Congratulations to our accomplished graduating seniors!

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Annual “Comm-Work” Social

More than 30 recent alums and students gathered in midtown Manhattan at the Park Avenue Tavern last night to join Dr. David Gudelunas in celebrating the annual social for graduates and current seniors involved in the internship program.

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