Communication Studies Department

Professor Honored for Encouraging Students to Study Abroad

A Nebraska Wesleyan University communication studies professor has been honored for her work in helping students explore study abroad experiences.

Rachel Pokora, professor of communication studies, was named this year’s winner of the White Award for Internationalization. The award recognizes individuals who have furthered the internationalization of NWU, its curriculum, students and faculty.

Pokora was celebrated for using her own international experiences in helping NWU students to become globally-minded. 

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Communication Scholar to Discuss Strategies for Combating Marginalization and Discrimination

A communication scholar from North Carolina A&T University will discuss issues of power, race, class and gender and their impact on how we react and respond to messages at this year's Wesleyan Communication Association/Lambda Pi Eta Honorary lecture on March 4.

Damion Waymer, professor of communication studies and chair of liberal arts, will present, "Communication Strategies for Combating Marginalization and Discrimination." In his lecture, Waymer will offer strategies to empower his audience to recognize and work to prevent marginalization and discrimination. 

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Communication Studies Professor Named Exemplary Teacher

He’s known for his love of mythology and comic books, but his passion for teaching and supporting students is no illusion.

Dave Whitt, professor of communication studies, has been named the 2018-2019 Exemplary Teacher, an award presented by the United Methodist Church Division of Higher Education. The award honors a professor who exemplifies excelling in teaching, civility and concern for students and colleagues, commitment to value-centered education, and service to students, the institution, community or church.

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Research Takes Student, Professor to Northern Ireland for U2 Conference

Three years ago Nebraska Wesleyan University student Georgia Straka selected “The Music and Meaning of U2” as her Archway Seminar, her very first college course.

“I didn’t really know who U2 was prior to the class,” Straka admitted. “But I ended up learning so much and really appreciating the band.”

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Communication Professor Earns National Recognition for Cutting-Edge Curriculum

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry for the United Methodist Church has selected Nebraska Wesleyan University professor Karla Jensen as an inaugural recipient of its Cutting-Edge Curriculum Award.

The award was created to recognize faculty at United Methodist-related colleges and universities from across the country who have developed unique and engaging courses designed to enhance the student experience. Ten finalists were selected with the top two finalists receiving $4,000.

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Fulbright Commission Selects NWU First-Year Student for UK Summer Institute

A Nebraska Wesleyan University first-year student has been selected for the Fulbright Summer Institute. Danielle Anderson of Ewing, Neb., is among 60 undergraduates from the United States and UK to be selected for the prestigious program.

Anderson will spend three weeks at the University of Westminster in London where she will further develop global and leadership skills while attending classes in media, art, design and business. 

The experience will be Anderson’s first experience studying abroad.

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Professor to Address How to Reduce Prejudice, Biased Behavior Through Communication

A Bowling Green State University professor who examines how people communicate and cope with prejudice and discrimination will deliver a lecture at Nebraska Wesleyan University on Monday, March 19.

Lisa Hanasono will discuss “Allies and Advocates: Taking a Stand Against Hate.” Her free lecture begins at 1 p.m. in Callen Conference Center, located on the lower level of the Smith-Curtis Administration Building.

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Gilman Scholarship Sends NWU Student to Spain

Hunter Reeves, a junior communication studies and Spanish major at Nebraska Wesleyan University, will spend the 2017-2018 academic year in Spain thanks to a Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship.

Reeves, a graduate of Ogallala High School, will study at the University of Vigo.

“I looked at many places to study abroad but I kept coming back to Spain,” said Reeves. “I love different cultures and diversity so I’m incredibly excited to meet all of the other foreign students, gaining new friends from all over the world.”

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Riding Down The Right Path: Research Project, Internship Fulfill Bike Enthusiast's Passion

A good bike ride fixes everything — or in Carly Adam’s case, a good bike ride connects everything.

The junior communication major and avid biker needed a project for her research methods course — a semester-long case study of a Lincoln nonprofit organization where she would gather data, evaluate and make recommendations on best communication practices.

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Two NWU Students Awarded Prestigious Fulbright Scholarships

Nebraska Wesleyan University student Brian Dunic and alumna Rachel Gordon have each been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to live and teach abroad next year.

The Fulbright Scholarship is the flagship international education program sponsored by the United States government.

Dunic is a senior history and German major who plans to pursue a teaching career. During his NWU career, Dunic has been a member of the cross country and track & field teams, studied abroad for a semester in Germany, and helps teach German at Lincoln Public Schools.

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