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M.A. Students Take on the NCA Conference

MA Students present at the 2013 NCA Conference in Washington, D.C.

MA Students present at the 2013 NCA Conference in Washington, D.C.

Congratulations to three M.A. students who have been chosen to present research papers at the 2013 National Communication Association (NCA) Conference in Washington D.C. next month.   Ryan Cassella will present his paper, “Living in TV’s digital age: Is the television producer the new starving artist?”  Ryan draws inspiration from his current position as a producer at World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and commented that he was happy to focus on a topic that reflects both his career and his personal interests.  When asked about his thoughts on his research, he stated, “The digital era has brought some profound changes to the mass media industry and the individuals working within it are fully immersed in this ongoing revolution, whether they like it or not!”

Angela Rudas and Matthew Beasley will together present their research titled, ““The effects of diversity demographics on inclusiveness in the workplace.”  This was originally a project started in Dr. Zhang’s Communication Research Methods course that both students chose to continue to work on due to a shared interest in diversity and communication. Rudas said, “Diversity is rapidly growing and increasingly prevalent within the U.S. workforce. However, minimal research has empirically investigated the specific attributes and practices for diversity and inclusion within organizations.”  Beasley, who currently works in finance, stated, “It is evident that our world has been impacted by globalization. Due to globalization, our workplace has become more diverse, therefore employee diversity and inclusion has become critical to productivity and ultimately doing business.”

Dr. Michael Pagano, director of the M.A. in Communication program, said, “The faculty in the Department of Communication are extremely proud of our graduate students and recognize their very impressive research, critical thinking, and writing in our courses.  It is however, even more gratifying when we see our national association further attest to our students’ accomplishments.”  He added, “It is wonderful to see the fruits of our students’ hard work rewarded academically and scholarly, but also rewarded professionally as many of our students have earned promotions and new leadership roles based on their successful completion of our program.”

Congratulations again on these wonderful accomplishments, Matthew, Angela, and Ryan, and good luck in Washington!

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