Kevin T. Jones (Department of Communication, Journalism and Cinematic Arts) has been invited by Communication Currents, a publication of the National Communication Association, to write an essay on the role of audience analysis in presidential speeches. The essay is a “translation” of a previous article Kevin published on a similar topic, but Communication Currents’ target audience is the general public. The essay will be released June 1. Kevin also presented his paper, “I Didn’t Know That I Didn’t Know: At-Risk Student Self-Assessment of Communication Skill Deficiencies,” at the Northwest Communication Association’s annual conference in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, April 16-18. Kevin’s paper is the first in a series of essays he is publishing as part of his ongoing longitudinal study on at-risk middle and high school students and communication skill deficiencies. At the conference, Kevin was elected second vice-president and will take over as president of the organization in 2017.
Also attending the conference with Kevin was department chair Steve Classen and nine undergraduate students who presented competitive papers: Zach Baker, LaQuae Aughtman, Ellen Dahlberg, Elaine Wu, Adella Boanca, Bethany Widdicombe, Dakota Buhler, Brittany Hurlbut and Kelsey Vaughn.
Three of Ed Higgins’ (English) flash fiction stories – “Taking it Easy,” “When Mice Listen” and “Genesis Serpent’s Skin Found” – were published in the April 19 issue of the online journal Upender.
Nate Peach and Tom Head (Economics) joined with three students – Grace Friberg, Emma Newman and Victoria Freitag – to present at the Western Social Science Association’s 57th annual conference in Portland on April 11. The topic of the group’s presentation was Adam Smith’s thoughts on human behavior. The event was a culmination of an informal book club that met throughout the semester. After the presentation a professor in the audience complimented the George Fox students, saying, “You had more insightful things to say than many of my colleagues.” The event was a four-day scholarly conference that drew academics from all over the country.
Melanie Springer Mock (English) published an article, “Build Families, Not Baby Boxes: Adoption is Far More Complicated than a Drop-Off,” on Christianity Today’s website in March.