Category Archives: Current Students

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

Class of 2014 Success Stories: Where My Falcons At? Tcom major and rapper Michael “Rosco” Blair turned banker bleeds orange and brown

When Michael “Rosco” Blair first visited Bowling Green State University, the campus and the sincere people he met made him feel like this was home. He said once he stepped foot on campus he knew this is where God wanted him to be. Now that he is preparing to graduate, that feeling remains just as strong.

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Brett Labbé, SMC dissertation fellow, recently published one journal article and one book chapter with SMC faculty members

Brett Labbé, our dissertation fellow, recently published one journal article and one book chapter with SMC faculty members. Congrats!

González, A., & Labbé, B. R. (2013). Rationality and Critical Intercultural Communication Research. Hypothesis: Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy, and Social and Political Science, 1(1), 89-100.

Lengel, L., & Labbé, B. R. (Forthcoming). Burma/Myanmar. Encyclopedia of Cancer & Society (Second Edition). Sage Publications.

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.




Chad Nelson, SMC dissertation fellow, had his paper accepted for publication in the JIIC

Chad Nelson, SMC dissertation fellow, had his paper “Resisting Whiteness: Mexican American Studies and Rhetorical Struggles for Visibility” accepted for publication in the Journal of International & Intercultural Communication. An NCA journal, it is the premier venue for international & intercultural research in communication studies. Congratulations Chad!


Fan Zhang, a second-year SMC doctoral student, had her paper selected for presentation at the Honors Graduate Student Seminar

Fan Zhang, a second-year SMC doctoral student, had her paper selected for presentation at the Honors Graduate Student Seminar sponsored by the NCA International and Intercultural Communication Division (IICD). The paper will be later published  in  a special issue of the International Journal of Interactive Communication Systems and Technologies(IJICST). Congratulations!

SMC Research Colloquium 10/3/2014, 3:00 PM @ 314 BTSU: Demystifying Academic Book Publishing

SMC Research Colloquium
October 3, 2014, Friday, 3:00-4:15 PM,314 BTSU*(room change this time only)

Demystifying Academic Book Publishing (3:00-4:00)

Panelists: Drs. Al Gonzalez & Thomas Mascaro

Dr. Gonzalez is Professor in the School of Media and Communication. His research is best located at the intersection of rhetorical criticism and intercultural communication. This Friday, he will speak primarily from his experiences writing these books:  Planting the Future: The Rhetorical Legacy of Wangari Maathai, (under contract with Troubador Publishing); Intercultural Communication For Everyday Life (2014), Wiley-Blackwell; Mediating Cultures: Parenting in Intercultural Contexts (2013), Lexington Books; Our Voices: Essays in Culture, Ethnicity and Communication, 5th Edition, (2012), Oxford University Press.

Dr. Mascaro is Professor in the School of Media and Communication. He earned his MA from the University of Michigan (1990) and Ph.D. from Wayne State University (1994). His dissertation was on TV documentaries in the Reagan years. Most recently, he wrote Into the Fray: How NBC’s Washington Documentary Unit Reinvented the News (Washington, D.C., Potomac Books, 2012—now University of Nebraska Press) and was nationally recognized for the work.

Epilogue (4:00-4:20)

Presenter: Sasha Allgayer

Sasha Allgayer is first-year doctoral student and will be presenting his research at the Global Fusion conference to be held in UT-Austin, Oct. 24-26. Before going to the conference, he would like to share his research entitled, “#OGiganteAcordou (#TheGiantHasAwoken): Memes During the 2013 Brazilian Protests,” first with his professors and fellow graduate students. Your attention and feedback will be appreciated.

FALL 2014: TCOM 3000 America’s Documentary Story To 1968

FALL 2014: TCOM 3000 America’s Documentary Story To 1968

Dr. Tom Mascaro, M/W 4:30-­‐5:45 p.m.(

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“What we are talking about is nonfiction as opposed to fiction, in no more or less than the way the terms are understood by book writers and periodical writers as far back as we can remember. To say that a documentary means to inform rather than to entertain, which is one distinction sometimes made, is meaningless and useless because if it does not entertain it will not attract attention, and if nobody watches it, it will not inform anybody.”                                                                                    —Reuven Frank

NBC Documentary Pioneer

Program Viewings/Subjects:

  • Robert Flaherty & In the Year of the Hunter
  • John Grierson’s British Social Documentary
  • Newsreels: March of Time
  • Depression Era Documentary Photos
  • Depression Era Documentaries
  • The River, The Plow That Broke the Plains
  • WWII documentaries, Why We Fight
  • 1950s, See It Now & McCarthyism
  • ABC Close-­‐Up, CBS Reports, NBC White Paper
  • Cinéma vérité and Observational Forms
  • Documentaries in the Kennedy Years
  • David Brinkley’s Journal and magazine shows
  • The Journals of Lewis and Clark reenactment
  • Vietnam: It’s a Mad War and other Vietnam docs
  • The Undeclared War in Central America
  • Women Covering War, Judy Bird in Indonesia
  • The Documentaries of Ted Yates
  • 1968—the change year

Synopsis: America’s Documentary Story chronicles the relationship between the documentary form and American history.   Students interested in media and documentary production will find this course provides a solid foundation for understanding how directors and producers have used the documentary to serve audiences— through subject selection, artistic interpretation, writing excellence, and by tackling popular and unpopular themes.