Communication Arts Students Present Research

Four OBU communication arts students were selected to present their research papers at the Sooner Communication Conference at the University of Oklahoma on March 5. Heather Hughes, Kimberly Marshall, Charles Porter and Laura Simma each submitted a paper chosen for inclusion in the conference.

Four OBU communication arts students were selected to present their research papers at the Sooner Communication Conference. They are (back, from left) Heather Hughes, Chuck Porter, Kimberly Marshall and Laura Simma. Also pictured is their professor, Dr. Vickie Ellis, and their division chair, Dr. Kaylene Barbe.

"This is a competitive conference hosting undergraduate and graduate students from across the country, and I'm so proud that four of our students have been selected to present their research," said Dr. Vickie Shamp Ellis, associate professor of communication arts. "OBU is especially honored at the conference because two of our students have received awards for top undergraduate papers, Kimberly Marshall and Charles Porter."

Porter and Marshall were awarded a Top Undergraduate Student Paper award after the keynote address during the conference.

Hughes, a junior from Oklahoma City, presented her paper titled "Accessing a safe house: Human trafficking victims' journey to recovery."

Marshall, a junior from Shawnee, Okla., presented her paper titled "PR redemption: Hope for a small non-profit organization."

Porter, a junior from Owasso, Okla., presented his paper titled "Deaf perception: The effect of hearing loss on interpersonal communication."

Simma, a junior from Perkins, Okla., presented her paper titled "There's an elephant in my closet: The process through which parents communicate ‘creativity' and ‘imagination'."

The students performed the work as part of the communication course CMAR 2503: Information Gathering and Research, taught by Ellis.

"I'm very proud of our students, and it's always rewarding to see their hard work receive public recognition," said Dr. Kaylene Barbe, Communication Arts Division chair and professor of communication studies. "This is a great experience for them as they get to connect with other students and faculty from across the nation as well as proudly represent OBU."

The Sooner Communication Conference is an OU graduate student-organized event joining faculty and students from schools throughout the region and the nation. The conference presents an opportunity for students and faculty to discuss developments in theory and research across the communication discipline and for students to fine-tune research papers for other conferences and possible publications.

For more information about the conference, click here.