Comm Studies Major Featured in ESPN Magazine

Kendall Burton. Photo courtesy of Georgia Athletics.

UGA Communication Studies major Kendall Burton was featured in the May 7 issue of ESPN The Magazine. Titled “The Toughest Out” and written by senior ESPN staff writer Wayne Drehs, the story tells of Kendall’s rise to UGA softball fame, a rise all the more remarkable because of the odds Kendall first had to overcome. Born with a severe bilateral cleft lip and palate, Kendall has undergone 23 surgeries, suffered a stroke, and battles periodic post-stroke seizures. Through it all, however, she has maintained a fierce determination to play the game she loves so much—softball.

Department Holds Spring Public Speaking Contest

From left to right: Third place winner Tulsi Patel, First place winner Cassidy Fuller, and Second place winner Daniela Conroy

The Department of Communication Studies held its Spring 2018 Public Speaking Contest on Wednesday, April 18. The event, which was sponsored by Xanedu Publishing, was emceed by graduate student Steven Murray and showcased the following student speakers, listed alongside the names of their instructors:

Taylor Bush, “UGA Policy on Pre-Health Student Shadowing” – Anna Walling

Cassidy Fuller, “The Real P.T. Barnum Story” – John Banister

Jake Dickens, “The Importance of Making Sure You're Active as a College Student” – Clint Graves

Steiner Receives Coaching Award

On February 18, 2018, at the District 6 Southeast Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) Regional Championship at the University of West Georgia, graduate student Becca Steiner was awarded The 2018 Matt Grindy Outstanding Graduate Student Coach. This annual award is intended to recognize both the pedagogical and competitive contributions to the growth and development of policy debate by graduate student coaches, who are balancing their obligations to their school work and that of their programs.

Cohen Receives International Research Fellowship

Heather S. Cohen, MA

Heather S. Cohen (MA, University of Georgia) is a recipient of the 2018 UGA Franklin College-University of Liverpool Doctoral Student Short-Term International Research Fellowship. In the spring of 2018, she will be traveling to Liverpool (under the mentorship of Dr. Laura Soulsby) to conduct research and teach about the importance of communication following the death of a close other in childhood.

George Debate Union members prepare for Dartmouth invitational

Advait Ramanan, left and Swapnil Agrawal

Advait Ramanan and Swapnil Agrawal, a team of Georgia Debate Union debaters, are gearing up for what promises to be one of their most challenging debates to date. On January 20-21, Ramanan and Agrawal will face off against six other teams in the Dartmouth Round Robin, one of the most presitigious intercollegiate policy debate tournaments of the year. Participation in the debates is by invitation only, and the teams that compete are typically the top 7 ranked intercollegiate policy debate teams in the country.

Kudos to Georgia Debate Union

The Georgia Debate Union, which is sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies, received a shout-out from UGA’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences in their September news brief. The shout-out was in regards to GDU’s outstanding performance at the Georgia State University debate tournament, held September 16-18, 2017.

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