Category Archives: Current Students

TCOM senior Jimmi Gangwer received paid internship from Academy of Television (Emmy) foundation internship program in Losa Angeles

TCOM senior Jimmi Gangwer, received the paid internship from the highly competitive Academy of Television (Emmy) foundation internship program. She will work at SJ2 Entertainment in Los Angeles starting late June/early July in post-production.

Dr. Ellen Gorsevski explores lives of women Nobel Peace laureates in new book

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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How to teach older adults to use tablets – Tips from BGSU students

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

The Intergenerational Communication Intervention (ICI) Project Graduation

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.

New Documentary Minor

History, Research, Theory, Criticism, Writing, Production

Classes begin Fall Semester 2014. REGISTER NOW:
TCOM 2900: Documentary Proposal Research & Writing
TCOM 3000: America’s Documentary Story Before 1968
No pre-requisites required for either TCOM 2900 or TCOM 3000.
For more information, contact Dr. Tom Mascaro:

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Emerging Media Research Cluster recent publications and conference paper awards


Emerging Media Research Cluster explores various media topics and is productive in producing conference papers and journal articles. Here are recent publications and awards received by our faculty and students in this research cluster.


Franklin Yartey and Dr. Louisa Ha coauthored paper, “Like, Share, Recommend: Smartphones as a Self-Broadcast and Self-Promotion Medium of College Students,” is in press in International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction (Special issue on Mobility and Human Interaction). 2014


Dr. Louisa Ha, Fang Wang, Ling Fang, Chen Yang, Xiao Hu, Liu Yang, Fan Yang, Ying Xu, and Dave Morin co-authored paper, “Political Efficacy and the Use of Local and National News Media among Undecided Voters in a Swing State: A Study of General Population Voters and First-time College Student Voters,” has been published by Electronic News. 2013


Drs. Louisa Ha and Gi Woong Yun co-authored paper “Digital Divide in Social Media Prosumption: Proclivity, Production Intensity, and Prosumer Typology among College Students and General Population” has been accepted for publication in Journal of Communication and Media Research. 2013


Xiao Hu, Ying Xu and Simeng Mo’s co-authored paper with Dr. Louisa Ha, “Who are the Fans of Facebook Pages? An electronic word-of-mouth communication perspective” received the Distinguished Paper Award for the Net2013 Conference (the International Conference on Internet Studies) and has been accepted for publication in International Journal of Cyber Society and Education. 2013


Ph.D. Students Yang Liu, Mohammad Abuljadail, and Fang Wang co-authored paper, “Who Pays for Online Media Contents: Generation Y or Older Generation?” was accepted to be presented at the 2014 Broadcast Education Association Annual Conference. This paper has also won the 1st Place Debut award by the Media Management, Programming and Marketing Division. 2014


Drs. Louisa Ha and Xiaoqun Zhang are 2013 American Copy Editors Society’s Research Competition Winners in the Newspaper and Online News Division of AEJMC (Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication).

Dr. Foust, KQED ‘converge’ for mutual learning

“There’s a buzz you can feel just walking around,” said Jim Foust about San Francisco.

Foust, a professor of journalism and public relations, recently spent time in the West Coast city as part of a Faculty Improvement Leave. Through a fellowship from the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), he observed media convergence efforts at KQED, one of the leading public broadcasting stations in the country.

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BGSU Falcon Forensics Team Beats Harvard

BGSU Falcon Forensics Team Beats Harvard

October 29, 2013

(October 25-26, 2013) The Falcon Forensics Team continued their successful season with a first place team finish at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts, topping Harvard University and 9 other teams by over 120 points. Among the challengers were George Mason University, Suffolk University, Emerson College, the University of Pennsylvania, Lafayette University, St. Anselm College, Bridgewater State University, Cornell University and Harvard University. BGSU took a team of 15 students, with a combined total of 62 events (speeches and interpretive performances).  Of these 62 entries, the Falcons brought home finalist placements in 37 events, their highest success rate of the season.


Leading the Falcons to victory were Jamie Salazar (Junior, Texas), Spencer Coile (Junior, Illinois), Gilbert Bauman-Flores (Sophomore, Texas) and Evan Kelly (Freshman, Illinois) with four finals placements each. Each BGSU team member placed at least one event in final rounds and each event had at least two Falcons earning placement within the top 6 at the tournament.  Top placements included first place championship finishes from Evan Kelly in Impromptu Speaking, Alexis Martinez (Junior, Texas) in Persuasive Speaking, Gilbert Bauman Flores in Poetry Interpretation, Arrielle Hudgies (Senior, Ohio) in Dramatic Interpretation, Tricia Kushen (Freshman, Ohio) in Prose Interpretation, Gilbert Bauman-Flores & Arrielle Hudgies in Duo Interpretation and Rebecca Barth (Junior, Ohio) in Programmed Oral Interpretation. In forensics competition, the top 6 speakers per event receive awards, and in both Prose Interpretation and Dramatic Interpretation 5 of the top 6 speakers were from BGSU. In addition, the top 6 speakers qualify for national competition which takes place in April at host school, Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. This weekend, the Falcons qualified 37 events for nationals, bringing their total to 63 events qualified, placing BGSU among the top 10 teams in the nation, the equivalent of a basketball team making the sweet 16. The national championships are a huge honor, with over 100 universities qualifying and an additional 300 participating in invitational tournaments on the way to the championships.


“It is always an exceptional educational experience to challenge BGSU students up against some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the nation, and to emerge victorious. I am very proud of each team member for stepping up to this challenge.” Said Alday.  Individual student placements include:


Individual Events

1st place Prose Interpretation Tricia Kushen Freshman
2nd place Prose Interpretation Brooke Deck Freshman
3rd place Prose Interpretation Gilbert Bauman-Flores Sophomore
5th place Prose Interpretation Abby Zerull Freshman
6th place Prose Interpretation Blake Altman Sophomore
1st place Program Oral Interpretation Rebecca Barth Junior
2nd place Program Oral Interpretation Tricia Kushen Freshman
3rd place After Dinner Speaking Christopher Stack Junior
5th place After Dinner Speaking Blake Altman Sophomore
6th place After Dinner Speaking Gilbert Bauman-Flores Sophomore
2nd place Extemporaneous Speaking Evan Kelly Freshman
6th place Extemporaneous Speaking Jamie Salazar Junior
1st place Impromptu Speaking Evan Kelly Freshman
4th place Impromptu Speaking Blake Altman Sophomore
6th place Impromptu Speaking Rebecca Barth Junior
2nd place Communication Analysis Ashley Hendricks Senior
4th place Communication Analysis Arrielle Hudgies Senior
5th place Communication Analysis Jamie Salazar Junior
1st place Dramatic Interpretation Arrielle Hudgies Senior
2nd place Dramatic Interpretation Jamie Salazar Junior
3rd place Dramatic Interpretation Abby Zerull Freshman
5th place Dramatic Interpretation Tricia Kushen Freshman
6th place Dramatic Interpretation Spencer Coile Junior
1st place DUO Interpretation Arrielle Hudgies/Gilbert Bauman-Flores Senior/Sophomore
3rd place DUO Interpretation Lindsay Bolding/Jamie Salazar Freshman/Junior
5th place DUO Interpretation Evan Kelly/Angela Perretta Freshman/Fresh
6th place DUO Interpretation Lexi Martinez/Spencer Coile Junior/Junior
1st place Poetry Interpretation Gilbert Bauman-Flores Sophomore
2nd place Poetry Interpretation Lexi Martinez Junior
4th place Poetry Interpretation Christopher Stack Junior
1st place Persuasive Speaking Lexi Martinez Junior
3rd place Persuasive Speaking Spencer Coile Junior (TIE)
3rd place Persuasive Speaking Christopher Stack Junior (TIE)
3rd place Informative Speaking Spencer Coile Junior
4th place Informative Speaking Brooke Deck Freshman
5th place Informative Speaking Jamie Salazar Junior
6th place Informative Speaking Evan Kelly Freshman


Team Sweepstakes

1st place                    Team Sweepstakes Award                                                                                           BGSU


“It is truly humbling to see the dedication and skill of these students.” said Alday.  In order to qualify for national competition, teams must participate in a series of tournaments starting in mid-September and lasting through early March, where students vie for final rankings that place them in the final rounds, earning their nationals qualification.  “This is particularly rewarding as 10 of the students representing BGSU are new recruits to the institution, starting their first year with the team.” said Alday. The team is headed next to the University of Michigan before hosting their homecoming tournament on November 16 and 17 on the main campus.


Forensics and Debate is a co-curricular, competitive program offered through the School of Media and Communication and Department of Communication, offering BGSU undergraduate students the opportunity to hone their communication and performance skills in competition with other colleges and universities from around the nation and globe.  For more information about forensics, speech or debate, please contact 372-8856 or BGSU4N6@