In “Dangerous Women: The Rhetoric of the Women Nobel Peace Laureates,” published in February by Troubador Publishing, Dr. Ellen Gorsevski, an associate professor of communication at Bowling Green State University, examines the lives and enormous contributions of 15 women who used any nonviolent means of communication available to them to advocate for peace, often at great risk to themselves and their families.
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Students in Dr. Kate Magsamen-Conrad’s Small Group Communication course share tips for teaching tablet workshops for older adults. Since Spring 2013, Students enrolled in small group communication courses at BGSU have been conducting classes to help the older adults better understand tablets (e.g., iPads, Kindles, Nooks, and Galaxys). Drawing from the framework of Intergroup Contact Theory, the ICI facilitates a series of systematic and supportive interactions between younger and older adults meant to reduce negative attitudes between the generations, facilitate the development of positive interpersonal relationships, and build skills important to both generations. Pre- and post-test survey results from the classes have indicated statistically significant improvement in trust and communication apprehension of older adults toward younger adults as well as statistically significant improvement in the attitudes of younger adults about diversity, disabilities, and civic intentions. In this series of tutorials, students who have been through the program answer questions the future students may have
For six weeks, BGSU students have been showing more than 60 older adults how to use various kinds of technology. On April 16, 2014, these seniors “graduated” from the program at the Wood County Senior Center. The Intergenerational Communication Intervention (ICI) project was developed by Dr. Kate Magsamen-Conrad, an assistant professor of communication, in partnership with the Wood County Committee on Aging.
Association for Women in Communication (AWC) welcomes the newly formed student chapter at Bowling Green State University by featuring a story about the mission and goals of the chapter on their home page.
Special congratulations to Dr. Cheongmi Shim, AWC advisor and an instructor in the Department of Communication, and Courtney Seel, a senior and chapter president, for doing a wonderful job leading this organization!