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Mount Union College Well-represented at Ohio Communication Association Conference

October 10, 2007

Mount Union College was well-represented at the 2007 Ohio Communication Association Conference held this year in Boardman, Ohio on Saturday, October 6.

Jacey Jenkins, a senior media studies major presented her paper, 'How the Use of the Internet Affects Interpersonal Communication' during a competitively-selected panel on Communicating Group Identity, Culture and the Self Online. Jenkins paper is part of the work she is doing for her Senior Culminating Experience (SCE) in the Department of Communication. Jenkins is editor of the Dynamo, the campus newspaper, secretary and treasurer of Lambda Pi Eta, the communication honorary society and program chair of the Association of Women in Communication.

Leland Spencer, a 2007 graduate, was honored with the Ohio Communication Association Distinguished Undergraduate student award. Selected from nominations across the state of Ohio, Spencer received this top honor based on his work as a communication studies major. At the conference, Spencer also presented a paper titled, 'Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Men Don't Have to Take it Either,' which was part of his work in his Women in the Workplace class while at Mount Union.

Spencer will present a pilot study of his senior thesis, 'Rhetoric, Christianity, and Gender Identity in the United States,' at the 2007 conference of the National Communication Association. He is currently a graduate student and teaching assistant at the University of Cincinnati in communication and rhetoric.

Dr. Len Cooper, assistant professor communication, also presented a paper titled 'Using Blogs for Class Discussion: An Examination of Blogging as an Educational Technology among First-year Students.'

Cooper is currently teaching Introduction to Journalism, Introduction to Public Relations, Production and Design: Journalism and Public Relations and Photojournalism at Mount Union.

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