Category Archives: COMM

Essays on Politics and Baseball by Michael Butterworth and Raymond Schuck Published

Drs. Michael Butterworth and Raymond Schuck from the School of Media and Communication have essays appearing in the volume The Politics of Baseball: Essays on the Pastime and Power at Home and Abroad, which was edited by Ron Briley and was just released by McFarland Press. Dr. Schuck’s essay is titled “Bob Dole and the Brooklyn Dodgers.” Dr. Butterworth’s essay is titled “Major League Baseball, Welcome Back Veterans, and the Rhetoric of ‘Support the Troops.’”

Drs. Butterworth and Schuck Present at Breaking Barriers Symposium

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On April 15, 2010, Drs. Michael Butterworth and Raymond Schuck from the School of Media and Communication participated in the Breaking Barriers Symposium: The Role of Baseball in Integration panel discussion on the African-American and Hispanic integration into Major League Baseball at Ohio Northern University.  They presented to an audience of around 65 people. Dr. Butterworth presented on representations linking Barack Obama and Jackie Robinson.  Dr. Schuck presented on opportunities lost by the means used to integrate major league baseball.

Success by SMC faculty and graduate students

Communication Studies:  Volume 61 Issue 2


Original Articles


The Effects of Self-Construal and Religiousness on Argumentativeness: A Cross-Cultural Analysis, Pages 135 – 155

Authors: Stephen M. Croucher; Deepa Oommen; Manda V. Hicks; Kyle J. Holody; Samara Anarbaeva; Kisung Yoon; Anthony T. Spencer; Chrishawn Marsh; Abdulrahman I. Aljahli

DOI: 10.1080/10510971003603994


Lynda Dee Dixon continues to serve on the Sequoyah Commission for the Cherokee Nation

Lynda Dee Dixon, Professor in the Department of Communication, is continuing to serve on the Sequoyah Commission for the Cherokee Nation. She was appointed  by the Principal Chief Chadwick “Corn Tassel” Smith. The commission has included special assistant to Chief Smith Chair Dr. Richard Allen;  Dr. Ellen Cushman (Writing, Rhetoric & American Culture, Michigan State University); Dr. Leslie Hannah (Professor and Director of the Cherokee Language Revitalization Program, Northeastern State University OK); Dr. Tom Holm (Emeritus Professor University of Arizona); and until her recent death, former Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller, first woman chief of the Cherokee Nation. The Commission members continue to develop plans as projected by Chief Mankiller for (1)  permanent archives– virtual and hard copy– of research by and about Cherokees from the past, present, and future and (2) language and culture undergraduate BA and graduate degrees at Northeastern State University. The first report was presented to the Chief last year (2009); the second report will be presented to the Chief at the Annual Homecoming for the Cherokee Nation, August 10. Each year in April and in August, Indian researchers submit research papers for review that if accepted will be presented at two American Indian conferences each year. The conference this April was “Fancy Dancing.”

Congratulations – Dr. Joshua Atkinson’s new book published

Dr. Atkinson’s book has just been published – Alternative Media and Politics of Resistace: A Communication Perspective, published by Peter Lang Publishing (

Dr. Michael Butterworth to serve on editorial board for the Journal of Sports Media

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Butterworth!

Dr. Michael Butterworth has been asked to serve on the editorial board for the Journal of Sports Media. JSM received an honor from the Broadcast Education Association. At the BEA conference next April 15-17 in Las Vegas, one of the panels from the Sports Division will focus entirely on JSM authors discussing their research.

For those going to BEA, there are 12 panels in their newly-created Sports Division. If you’re interested, you can contact division chair Michael Bruce at Oklahoma Baptist, There’s more on the conference at:

Harvard’s Lawrence Lessig here on Dec. 2

Harvard Law professor, Creative Commons founder and free culture activist Lawrence Lessig will be on campus Dec. 2.

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Lessig has spent his career battling overly restrictive copyright regulation in front of the U.S. Supreme Court and in the U.S. Congress. He’ll address his role in the copyright wars and his new role as head of Harvard’s Safra Center for Ethics. There, he is focusing on questions of governance, corruption and the growing use of private money in public institutions.

Thanks to Tech Trends, the Dept. of Journalism and Public Relations, the School of Media and Communication, the College of Technology, the Dept. of American Cultural Studies, BGeXperience, the Dept. of Telecommunications and the Dept. of English for supporting his visit.

His lecture, titled “From Copyright to Corruption and Back Again,” will be at 7 p.m. in the BTSU theatre. All are welcome.

Drs. Louisa Ha and COMM faculty Canchu Lin’s Blackboard research project results published in two journals

  • Drs. Louisa Ha (TCOM) and Canchu Lin’s (COMM)  universitywide study of the BGSU Blackboard system is published and in press in two prestigious referee scholarly journals:  Journal of Higher Education and Journal of Computer Information System.  The former journal is the top academic journal in higher education and the latter is the identified as an A* journal in Information Systems by the Excellence in Research in Australia.

Lin, C., & Ha, Louisa  (2009). Subculture and use of a communication information technology in higher education institutions. Journal of Higher Education, 80 (5), 564-590.

  • Lin, C. and Louisa Ha (in press).Subculture, Critical Mass, and Technology Use,” Journal of Computer Information Systems.