Forensics Team Garners Third Place at First Tournament of the Academic Year
Oakland University is proud to announce the completion of the first forensics tournament of the year. Forensics is an academic activity where student compete individually in competitive speaking and acting categories. The team is supported by the Communication and Journalism department and comprised of about ten students. The first tournament took place on Saturday, September 27 at Saginaw Valley State University. There were nine schools represented and the team had a wonderful showing for the first tournament. It was a beautiful morning and the competitors were anxious to begin. Four students were in attendance representing Oakland – Evan O’Hara (Senior), Courtney Stockman (Senior), Eliza Hensley (Junior), and Emily Ryan (Sophomore). All students were happy to break the ice on a new season and all took home some early success. As a team, Oakland University finished in 3rd place overall. Evan finished 2nd in Prose Interpretation and the three others all placed in Dramatic Interpretation. Emily Ryan finished 6th, Eliza Hensley took 5th and Courtney Stockman grabbed 3rd place. Three of the four have already qualified for Nationals!
The entire team is excited with the result and are enthusiastic as they prepare for the next tournament in November. If you are interested in forensics, please reach out to Evan O'Hara (president of the student forensics club at firstname.lastname@example.org) or Charlie Rinehart (faculty director of the program at email@example.com). The group meets Tuesday evenings from 5-8pm in the Oakland Center and are always looking for new members.
Communication and Honors College Students Present their Research at the 2014 Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters
Two communication students and two honors college students inspired by a communication class presented their research papers at the 2014 Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters Conference at Oakland University on February 28, 2014. Ashleigh Curp, a student in the Master's Program in Communication, presented her paper entitled, "The Masculine Woman and the Feminine Man: The Effects of Feminism on Men and the Portrayals in Romantic Comedies," which she wrote in Dr. Jeff Youngquist's class. Amanda Benjamin, also a student in the Master's Program in Communication, presented a paper she crafted in Dr. Lily Mendoza's class entitled, "The Discursive Formation of the Sexualized Superwoman: Media Coverage of Roller Derby." Ashley Ault and Brooklyn Gutowsky, students in the Honors College, wrote their papers for the communication course, Women in the Rhetorical Tradition, with Dr. Valerie Palmer-Mehta. Ashley presented her paper, "A Symbol for Women's Progress: A Rhetorical Analysis of Hillary Rodham Clinton's Story as America's Story" and Brooklyn presented, "Improving Rights for Women: A Rhetorical Analysis of Logos in Susan B. Anthony's Speech Titled, 'Is it a Crime for a Citizen of the United States to Vote?'" The Department of Communication and Journalism congratulates these students for having their papers accepted to this impressive conference.
WXOU earns College Station of the Year — again!
By Eric Reikowski, public information specialist
|Oakland University's student radio station will proudly display its third-in-a-row College Station of the Year Award.
For the third year running, Oakland University’s student radio station WXOU-88.3 FM is set to receive the College Station of the Year Award, among other honors, from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF). The awards will be announced officially on Wednesday, March 12 at the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference in Lansing.
“This level of success was made possible with the teamwork of every DJ at the station,” said Patrick Cymbalski, WXOU’s general manager. “We put everything we had into these entries, and when it came time to submit, I couldn’t have been happier with the finished products. If you look at the names on the awards we won, you can see very few were solo efforts. Everyone at the station really pulled together to help one another succeed.”
Along with the top overall prize, WXOU students claimed individual accolades in a variety of categories. They swept the Current Events Program category, with Lauren Barthold and Mark Cowan taking first place, Ashley Allison and Nicholas Rolling coming in second place, and Cymbalski and Leila Cotton earning an honorable mention. Cymbalski also won first place in the Air Check category, followed by Sean Varicalli, who finished second.
In the Daily Newscast/News Feature category, Barthold, Varicalli and Don Tottingham claimed first place and Cymbalski received an honorable mention. Varicalli also earned an honorable mention in the Public Service Announcement category and teamed with Cymbalski and Barthold for a second place showing in the Promotional Announcement category. Scott Hunter and Briana Carlesimo earned an honorable mention for Promotional Announcement.
Rounding out the list, Mike Sullivan and Garrett Kolodziej won top honors in the Talk Show category.
The MABF awards gauge the skill and talent of student broadcasters across the state, and are judged by industry professionals and national radio experts. Christine Stover sees the station’s third consecutive Station of the Year honor as a tribute to the increasing quality of students and programs at WXOU.
“It’s such a great privilege to work with the talented students we have at Oakland,” said Stover, who has served nearly 10 years as WXOU’s faculty advisor. “We have great student leaders and a supportive environment that encourages and applauds creative freedom and expression. This recognition is truly an honor and belongs to everyone who was ever a part of WXOU, past, present, and future."
For more on WXOU-88.3 FM, visit the website at wxou.org.