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Student Achievements

Student Of The Month

Cinthia Maldonado


We congratulate our graduate Cinthia Maldonado, an Emmy award-winning bilingual broadcast journalist with hands-on experience in television production and performance. Her passion for community storytelling began when she joined Met Media's student run newscasts: The Met Report and Noticiero TVMET. Her first day in the field as a student reporter was spent covering a local high school student who was the victim of a hit and run. Covering that tragic story convinced her that she was destined to be a reporter and to keep the community informed.

While a full-time student at MSU Denver, she traveled to New York City to interview Eddie Redmayne when he took on the role of Stephen Hawking in the film The Theory of Everything. She has worked at Fox 31 Denver as a production operations tech and later went on to become the TV host of Telemundo Denver's segment, Ventana en tu Comunidad and Acceso Total.

Now she works at KRDO News Channel 13 in Colorado Springs as a morning news anchor for Telemundo SurCo and as an evening reporter for KRDO. She's excited to work and report in both languages!

Maldonado is a Denver native and a proud Roadrunner.

In her own words: "I owe all my success to the Communications Arts & Sciences Department and to Met Media. I'm forever grateful!"


Society of Professional Journalists Region Nine Awards

Radio Sports Reporting

Winner: Interview with new MSU Denver Athletic Director Dr. Anthony Grant - by Anthony Rodriguez, Stephen Priest and Brandon Stowell, MSU Denver
Finalist: Vic Lombardi Interview - by Stephen Priest and Brandon Stowell, MSU Denver

Television General News Reporting

Finalist: MSU Denver's 50th Anniversary Celebration - by Miranda McHodgkins, MSU Denver

Television Sports Reporting

Winner: MSU Denver Men's Basketball season preview - by Anthony Rodriguez, MSU Denver

Region Nine comprises all of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. The awards ceremony was held in Albuquerque, NM, and winners are automatically entered into the national competition and will be recognized at the "Excellence in Journalism 2016" conference in New Orleans, LA.

5th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference

Andrew Burleson will present Noise Exposure in Everyday Environments, Occupational, and Recreational

Ashley Cambria will present Relationships Between Attitudes, Knowledge, and Experiences with Stutterers and Bullying Involvement

Andrew Plevak and Saskia Bagatais will present Intergenerational Communication: Undergraduate Perspectives

SLHS Scholarship Recipients

2015-2016 Academic Year - Victoria Berry and Jessica Madrid 

The scholarship, worth $1000 to each winner, is awarded annually to one or two Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences (SLHS) majors or certificate-seeking students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of academic achievement, community service, and professional development.

Student Mentor

Chantal Baca felt called to help students via MSU Denver's Excel Pre-Collegiate Program

February 18, 2015

“I think of myself as a connector. The more connection students feel to the University and each other, the more likely they are to succeed. That’s really what it’s all about.”

These days Baca is one of the leaders of Excel at MSU Denver. Besides mentoring, she organizes workshops on topics like time management and professional development. She also puts on Get Connected events that help students stay in touch and enjoy all the University has to offer. Read full article

Rocky Mountain Communication Association Conference

Dr. Bill Huddy and CAS students Rachel Newton, Benjamin Rovenstine, Bridget Everett, Aiden Patterson, Christopher Kopsch, Alisha R. Walker, and Katie Chelf presented their panel Fighting Marginalization and Seeking Identity: Neighborhood, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Voter Suppression at the Rocky Mountain Communication Association Conference in Greeley, CO.

Faculty Accomplishments

Conference Presentation

Dr. Bill Huddy presented "The Search for Authentic Journalism: Brian Williams and Ethical Conduct Under the Corporate Umbrella" at Center for Media & Celebrity Studies (CMCS) International Conference on September 2, 2015.

Abstract: It’s one of the biggest fumbles in American television news history; the tragic unraveling of a career amid revelations of perceived on-air embellishments by the nation’s most watched television news anchor. NBC’s Brian Williams was suspended and removed from his nightly newscast for at least six months (and some speculate forever); disciplined for what appears to be a series of “aggrandizing” moments that may, in fact, be construed as personal efforts at boosting his own credibility. The notion of authentic journalism was put forth in a 2012 research report that suggests that the true, authentic modern journalist must reject the pressures society puts forth on them, including corporate persuasion. Authenticity, it’s argued, is nested in existentialism, which posits journalists must reject the dehumanizing demands of conformism and refuse compromise of personal convictions that journalists face (Holt, 2012). When media conglomerates and corporate do-gooders meet the (hoped for) pristine and well-intentioned goals of authentic, bias-free journalists, sometimes the pieces just don’t fit together. That was the case with Brian Williams. When corporate efforts to mold a credible news presenter into an authentic journalist fail, it is the on-air face of Brian Williams that takes the hit. This critical essay examines how Deetz’s Critical Theory of Communication highlights a failure of, not Williams’ journalistic ethos, but a failure of organizational culture (NBC Universal) and the unseemly dismantling and embarrassment of one of its prized (and heavily compensated) employees.

In the Media

New Publications

We are busy with our scholarship in Comm Studies!

Congratulations to these faculty from Communication Studies for new publications:

Karen Lollar: Professor

CAS professor Dr. Karen Lollar was featured in the April 2016 issue of Communication Currents. Dr. Lollar discussed her research on strategic invisibility for the publication, which is circulated by the National Communication Association.

Lollar, K. (2016). Strategic Invisibility: Resisting the inhospitable dwelling place. The Review of Communication. In press. doi: 10.1080/15358593.2015.1116592

Eric James: Associate Professor

Barbour, J. B., & James, E. P. (2015). Collaboration for Compliance: Identity Tensions in the Interorganizational and Interdisciplinary Regulation of a Toxic Waste Storage Facility. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 43(4), 363-384. doi: 10.1080/00909882.2015.1083601

Award Winners

Excellence in Teaching Award - Spring 2015
Dr. Bill Huddy, Lecturer (left), was recognized for his excellence in academic student development by Sigma Alpha Pi, The National Society of Leadership and Success on May 7, 2015. ?

?Student Recognition Award - Spring 2015?
Associate Professors Katia Campbell (middle) and David Kottenstette (right) have been recognized for their excellent work serving students with disabilities. 

FYS Travel Award - Fall 2014
Dr. Rich Kessel, Lecturer
Dr. Rich Kessel will attend the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning in February 2015 where he will do a poster presentation, “Flipping the Public Speaking Course: Making Time for Actual Speaking.”  

Golden Key Honour Society Awards - 2014
The following faculty were recognized by President Stephen Jordan at the annual President’s Welcome Back Breakfast on September 10, 2014.

Dr. Karen Lollar, Chair, Professor
Dr. Virginia McCarver, Past Assistant Professor

Outstanding Faculty Leadership Award - Spring 2014
Dr. Rich Kessel, Lecturer

"Dr. Kessel was a fantastic public speaking teacher. During the beginning of the semester, he gave us all the tools and skills we'd need to give speeches. After this, we moved on to actually giving the speeches, and Dr. Kessel's role as a public speaking teacher evolved. He became more like a coach, there to give us pointers on improvement, but no longer teaching us the basics of speech communication." - First Year Success Student

The Top Paper Award in the Communication Ethics Division - The National Communication Association Conference 2013
Dr. Karen Lollar, Chair 
Her paper, "Place Dwelling Acknowledgement,” was cited not only as excellent in scholarship, but also for the quality and beauty of its language.

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