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Valenti School Summer Update

ERICA CISZEK defended her dissertation entitled “Identity, Culture, and Articulation: A Critical-Cultural Analysis of Strategic LGBT Advocacy Outreach” at the University of Oregon May 29.

TEMPLE NORTHUP’s research examining food labeling has received widespread attention in the news media, having now been picked up by more than 200 news outlets. This includes local, national, and international news outlets and an in-studio appearance on the nationally televised Fox & Friends television show. A few select links have been included below:
Featured in CLASS notes for June:
UH news release:

JENNIFER VARDEMAN WINTER and LARRY KELLEY completed the Texas Department of Health and Community Affairs grant July 17, delivering research and recommendations which will be used in educational materials about affordable housing.

NORTHUP, T. (2014). Understanding the relationship between television use and unhealthy eating: The mediating role of fatalistic views of eating well and nutritional knowledge. International Journal of Communication & Health, 3, 10-15.

LINDITA CAMAJ (2014). "Freedom of Information Laws and the Promise of ‘the Good Life’” paper presented in a research session sponsored by the Law Division of the International Communication Association. ICA annual conference, Seattle, WA, May 21-26.

LINDITA CAMAJ also chaired a Law Division panel titled “Praising Free Speech Around Press, Politics, and the State.” ICA annual conference, Seattle, WA, May 21-16.

LINDITA CAMAJ (2014) “Media and Politics beyond post-communism: The impact of structural conditions on journalist-politician relationships in the Western Balkans” paper presented in a research session sponsored by the International Communication division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, annual convention, Montreal, Canada, August 5-9.

LINDITA CAMAJ (2014) also served as discussant for the Political Communication Interest Group panel titled “Visual Communication.”

LINDITA CAMAJ was elected Professional Freedoms and Responsibilities chair for the 2014-2015 for the International Communication division of AEJMC. LINDITA CAMAJ represented the Valenti School July 14 as part of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Academic Course Guide Manual (ACGM) Learning Outcomes Project for 2014 as a journalism education expert. This taskforce revised course descriptions and developed student learning outcomes for pre-approved lower division academic courses offered by public, community and technical colleges in Texas. This project aims to better prepare students to transition to four-year university institutions and facilitate the transfer of course work to Texas public universities.

BETH OLSON and Kim Howard attended the Houston Chronicle’s “meet the editor” event May 21 with a presentation from Editor/Vice President of News Nancy Barnes.

LAN NI has been appointed to the UH Committee for Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS) committee.

ARTHUR SANTANA and BETH OLSON attended the News Literacy Project meeting at the Houston Chronicle June 18.

KEITH HOUK, MICHAEL PHAN, JOSE VAZQUEZ and SHAWN McCOMBS provided a tour of the communication building’s facilities to an English class from Beechnut Academy May 19.

ARTHUR SANTANA is quoted in an opinion piece in the Indian Republic about internet anonymity:

MARTHA J. HAUN has been named to the editorial board of Contemporary Case Studies in Health Communication/Kendall Hunt (2nd ed).

MARTHA J. HAUN has been selected as the 2014 parliamentarian of the Texas Speech Communication Association.

MARTHA J. HAUN was named to the 2014-2015 Youth Committee of the American Institute of Parliamentarians.

MARTHA WOMACK HAUN was elected II Vice President of the Texas State Association of Parliamentarians at the 2014 annual convention in Huntsville, Texas. She will chair the parliamentary education committee and serve as a member of the Scholastic Committee. HAUN, a member of the Professionally Registered Parliamentarians, was honored with a certificate of appreciation and donation to the Endowment Fund for her convention workshop on “Unscrambling Motions.” The workshop supported the convention theme of “Vital Skills for Community Leaders.”

MARTHA HAUN also served as convention parliamentarian for the May 2014 convention of the National Association of Railroad Business Women held in Houston.

MARTHA HAUN served as convention parliamentarian for the annual convention in Dallas of the Academic Language Therapists Association and the ALLIANCE. Both groups are dyslexia-related training organizations.

MARTHA J. HAUN, past national president (1991-92) of the Professional Fraternity Association which represents more than one million Greeks in professional fraternities in the U.S. is serving on the 2014 Awards Selection Committee. This committee selects the recipients of the Outstanding Career Achievement Award, the Outstanding Volunteer Award, the Outstanding Professional Program Award and the Outstanding Community Service Award.

MARTHA J. HAUN is the director of special services and national parliamentarian for Phi Beta National Professional Fraternity. HAUN is a past national president.

MARTHA WOMACK HAUN And Robin Nicklin Williamson (2014). “Impression Management and the Presiding Officer.” Parliamentary Journal, 40(3) (lead article).

JULIE FIX has been elected to serve as Vice Chair of the Public Relations Society of America College of Fellows in 2015. She currently serves the College as Secretary-Treasurer and as a member of the Induction Dinner Committee for the 2014 event honoring the new class of Fellows that will be held at the Ronald Reagan Building Pavilion Oct. 11 in Washington, D.C.

JULIE FIX is also a candidate for a fourth term as Leadership Assembly Delegate for the PRSA Houston Chapter. She will represent the chapter at the 2014 assembly Oct. 11 in Washington, D.C. and, if elected to another term, continue in that representation at the 2015-2017 assemblies.

KEITH HOUK’s Wonderworks Summer Program Moving Pictures had a record enrollment of 33 students. Most of the students were from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. PAUL SCHNEIDER and several current and former media production students also assisted during the five-week program. JOE LEYDON was one of the guest presenters. The group of students produced more than four hours of original films. Summer High School Film workshop Moving Pictures has wrapped for the summer.

SHAWN McCOMBS, DUNG HYUGH, and ANTONIO FARIAS administered 23 Final Cut Pro certification exams and two Motion certification exams May 24th to students from Katy Independent School District. These certification exams were delivered as part of the Valenti School’s Apple Authorized Training Center (AATC).

MIKE EMERY was named Public Relations Communicator of the Year in this year’s Houston Press Club Lone Star Awards competition, and Lisa Merkl (M.A.) received third place in the category. Both are with the UH Division of Marketing, Communication and Media Relations and both have recently won other awards, including one from IABC: (to be followed by the individual awards) Lisa is a former lecturer for the Valenti School; Mike is also faculty advisor for the Student IABC chapter and American Women in Communication.
Division of Marketing, Communication and Media Relations wins awards:

2014 Awards – MIKE EMERY

  • Houston Press Club Lone Star Awards 
    • First Place Lone Star Award
      • Public Relations Communicator of the Year
      • News Release
      • "UH Students Designing Customized Electric Guitars for Rock, Jazz, Blues Artists"

      • "Alum's Gift Keeps Patsy Swayze's Passion for Dancing Alive at UH"

2014 Awards – Lisa Merkl

Abby Koenig (M.A.) will be entering the doctoral program in Technical Communication and Rhetoric at Texas Tech University in the fall.

Robyn Lyn (M.A. candidate SPCM /Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies certification), past collegiate president of Alpha Epsilon chapter of Phi Beta National Professional Fraternity for the Creative and performing Arts, has been elected National Editor of the Fraternity. She will serve a two-year term.

Current advertising majors Rubi Soto, Corey Doiron and alumnus Fahima Al-Uqdah (B.A. advertising) were among the ten students who were awarded Media Alliance of Houston scholarships.

Ed Davis (B.A)’s company Fifth Ring was named Large PR Agency of the Year by PRSA Houston. Davis is the GM of Fifth Ring’s Houston location and is also a member of the Valenti Community Advisory Council.

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Dr. Temple Northup

Dr. Northup is a professor at the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication. He lived in LA for seven years where he wrote in the entertainment industry. After writing for television, he decided to study the effects that watching television has on an individual. He currently teaches a documentary film class and persuasion.

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