Category Archives: Alumni

Kuhlin Center Update


Newly Named Michael & Sara Kuhlin Center

High-tech home for School of Media and Communications to open this fall

SMC Academic Spotlight


The Secrets to Effective Communication

Association For Women in Communications and the Women’s Center invite you to join us for the Sister-to-Sister event “The Secrets to Effective Communication.” This workshop will feature discussions and activities to foster effective communication skills for all college students.

In particular, we will explore verbal and nonverbal communication. We will practice elevator speeches. We will also learn about different types of leadership styles.  The highlight of this workshop will be salary negotiation activity.  All activities and discussion will help build effective communication skills for everyday life, the classroom, job interviews and beyond!SistertoSister

SMC Ph.D. alumna Joy (Chin-Chung) Chao received tenure and promotion at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and two university research grants

Dr. Joy (Chin-Chung) Chao, a BGSU SMC Ph.D. alumna, received tenure and promotion to associate professor in the School of Communication at the University of Nebraska at Omaha this spring.  She is also the only faculty in the history of her school to receive two research grants at her university in the same year.

Dr. Chao’s research proposal, “From Professionals to First Ladies: The Role of Liyuan Peng and Michelle Obama in the Media’s Portrayal” has been awarded for Faculty Research International (FRI) grant award in the amount of $5,000.

In Fall 2014, she was awarded a 2015 UCRCA grant for her proposal titled, “I Am in the Homeless Home or I Am always on the Way Home: Formatting Identity and Imagined Community through Ethnic Media Use.”

Previously, she received a FRI grant award in 2013-2014 for $5,000, which led to the publication: Chao, C. C., & Tian, D. (2014). Disputes over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands: Communication tactics and grand strategies. Journal of International Relations and Foreign Policy, 2(2), 19-47.

Bob Kline to receive the 2015 President’s Award for Academic Advising

Bob Kline was selected to receive the 2015 President’s Award for Academic Advising! This highly competitive and prestigious award recognizes individuals and units that make significant contributions to support undergraduate students’ educational development and academic success.

From his full time academic advising duties to his extra recruitment and outreach activities, Bob always goes above and beyond to help our students succeed. Please congratulate Bob for receiving this very important honor.

Ha to speak at both University of Nebraska-Omaha and University of Nebraska-Lincoln

School of Media and Communication professor Louisa Ha will speak to the faculty and staff of  the University of Nebraska-Omaha on Do’s and Don’ts in online teaching on March 12 as a university invited speaker for instructional development.

This is part of her Nebraska trip during spring break in which she will also speak to graduate students and faculty in the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO) about her research in social and mobile media and her career and editorship in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly.   The organizer of the Omaha trip is Dr. Joy Chao, SMC alum and assistant professor in School of Communication of UNO.

In addition, Ha will also speak at a research colloquium of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on March 13 on her research on US  digital broadcast subchannel viewing:  A comparison of Commercial and Public Broadcast Channels.


docmc honored in Ohio Magazine

Dr. Magsamen-Conrad was honored in Ohio Magazine’s annual Excellence in Education section as a Memorable Educator. Each year Ohio Magazine recognizes “remarkably talented and passionate teachers” from Ohio’s colleges and universities who engage students in “real-world learning experiences that are vital to a well-rounded education.”

docmc honored in Ohio Magazine
docmc honored in Ohio Magazine

Dr. Hanasono, Lanming Chen, & Dr. Wilson Share Research Findings on Discrimination & Coping

Dr. Lisa Hanasono, along with co-authors Lanming Chen (MA from BGSU’s School of Media & Communication, 2013) and Dr. Steve Wilson, shared their research on discrimination and coping in the most recent edition of Communication Currents.

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Dr. Al Gonzalez was honored today at the 21st Latino Issues Conference “A Community at a Crossroads: The Intersections of Immigration and Identity.”

Dr. Al Gonzalez was honored today at the 21st Latino Issues Conference “A Community at a Crossroads: The Intersections of Immigration and Identity.”

Dr. Gonzalez received the highest honor award from the Latino Issues Conference which is the Dr. Miguel Ornelas Award. This award is given in honor of Dr. Miguel Ornelas, a former Human Relations Commission member and Director of Affirmative Action at Bowling Green State University. Before his death in 1989, Dr. Ornelas served as an advocate for issues of diversity, as head of the Ohio Hispanic Institute of Opportunity and as a member of the BGSU Graduate Student Senate, Third World Graduate Association, and La Union de Estudiantes Latinos (LSU). He was the recipient of the first Hispanic Award from Project Search. Dr. Ornelas touched the lives of all who came in contact with him. The Dr. Miguel Ornelas Award is intended to bring attention to the actions and services of those who reflect Dr. Ornelas’ values.

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Dr. Gonzalez received this award for his long history at BGSU. His background at BGSU goes back decades beginning as an undergraduate student and one the initial students involved with the newly founded Union de Estudiantes Latinos (LSU).

Dr. Gonzalez has served as an administrator and faculty member and currently serves as the Department Head for the Department of Communication in the College of Arts and Sciences. Prior to this role, Dr. Gonzalez served as an Assistant Provost with responsibilities for enrollment management. On campus, he has been engaged with the Latino/a community in different levels from being a part of the Latino Issues Conference, Cinco de Mayo and other efforts like the Dia de los Muertos event. Further, Dr. Gonzalez is active and engaged member of the community as well. A lot of his work has cetered with the Sofia Quintero Art & Cultural Center in Toledo, where he has served on its Board and its Board President. More recently, he was part of the group that helped to establish La Conexion de Wood County where he currently serves as the first Board Chair of the organization.