Cameron faculty, students shine at OSTCA conference

Dr. Paul Crandon and Dr. Justin Walton, both assistant professors in the Cameron University Department of Communication, co-authored the top paper at the annual conference of the Oklahoma Speech Theatre Communication Association. During the conference last week in Ada, the professors presented their paper, "Presidential Word Choices," and were honored with the award for Best Paper.

"Having scholarship from Cameron be awarded top paper sends a positive message about the University," Crandon says. "Faculty and students from all over the state take part in this convention every year, and Cameron consistently maintains a strong presence."

In the student category, CU's Tanesha Wilson of Lawton presented her paper, "Chicken Abuse: PETA vs Pilgrims Pride and Kentucky Fried Chicken."

Other CU student papers accepted into the conference were "Accusation Against Morality: The Peter Popoff Ministry" by Corey Rodriguez of Lawton, "In Defense of McDonald's Corporation" by Jorie Palmer of Whitesboro, TX, "Aeschylus - His Life and Tragedies" by Neila Ettienne of St. David's, Grenada, and "A Look at the Lives of Women in the Ancient World: Lysistrata Comparison" by Marisa White of Lawton.

Members of the CU faculty provided an active presence at the conference via panel sessions, professional roundtables and research presentations. In addition to Dr. Crandon and Dr. Walton, Dr. David Fennema, professor of theatre arts; Dr. Ron Price, associate professor of communication; and Kirsten Underwood, assistant professor of music, lent their expertise to conference sessions. Dr. James Heflin, associate professor of communication, and Tony Allison, Chair, Department of Communication, also attended the conference.

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September 25, 2009

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