Communication Majors Present at James & Virginia McCroskey Undergraduate Scholars' Conference

April 8, 2016

Recently, four communication majors, Aidan Farrell ’16, Erin Cook ’16, Emily Tokarowski ’16 and Sierra St. Pierre ’18 took part in the sixth annual James & Virginia McCroskey Undergraduate Scholars' Conference in Baltimore, Md. where they each presented research papers.

“Papers are competitively selected through blind review and Stonehill has been well-represented since the conference's inception,” explains Communication Professor Anne Mattina, who accompanied the students at the conference, held in conjunction with the Eastern Communication Association’s (ECA) 107th annual convention.

Farrell won a Top Paper Award for her research on Rhetorical Magic: J.K Rowling’s Ability to Move an Oppositional Audience with a Speech Paradoxical to the Occasion, a critical analysis of the famed author's Harvard commencement address.

Mattina also presented at the ECA Convention, alongside Communication Department colleague Associate Professor Monique Myers, on “Interdisciplinary Teaching within Learning Communities at Stonehill College,” which was part of a wider roundtable discussion on where the communication discipline fits within a broader academic context.