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Speech Students Present Research at National Conference

By Justine Benzen
UW-RF University Communications

APRIL 7, 2006-- Six students from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls presented research papers, prepared for the course “Sophomore Seminar: Foundations in Communication and Theatre Studies,” at the Central States Communication Association Conference in Indianapolis, Ind. last week.

All of the students are members of the National Communication Association Student Club.
Some of the topics the students presented were on how women are portrayed in advertisements, the friendship and love between men and women friends, how men and women define "love," and how physical appearance is depicted in children's cartoons.

"Giving students the opportunity to interact with scholars outside of the university not only connects them more closely to the discipline, but opens their horizons to career possibilities they may never have thought of otherwise," said Jennifer Willis-Rivera, UW-RF speech communications and theatre arts professor.

The National Communication Association is the oldest and largest national organization to promote communication scholarship and education. NCA is a nonprofit organization of approximately 7,700 educators, practitioners, and students who work and reside in every state and more than 20 foreign countries. The purpose of the association is to promote study, criticism, research, teaching, and application of the artistic, humanistic, and scientific principles of communication.

UW-RF students who participated in the conference:

Brooke Eglinton, sophomore speech communication major from Caledonia, Minn.
Michelle Dodge, senior speech communication major from Trego, Wis.
Sarah Oberdeck, senior speech communication major from Edgerton, Wis.
Jacquelyn Harvey, sophomore speech communication major from Frederic, Wis.
Jacqueline Frederick, junior speech communication major from Monticello, Minn.
Christina Green, junior speech communication major from Saint Francis, Minn.

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