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CMST graduate students shine in upcoming showcase

The Department of Communication Studies is excited to announce that four of its graduate students — Katharine Doggett, Alissa Hooper, Shana Makos, and Kalie McDonagle — will participate in the 2015 Graduate Student Showcase occurring Thursday, Feb. 25.

The showcase is a one-day conference that features graduate student research and creativity. Students present their work and talents, connect with other graduate students and faculty at CSU, learn about other disciplines, and gain conference experience. Poster presentations, artwork, and performances run from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Lory Student Center.


Katherine Doggett

Second year graduate student Katharine Doggett will present “Systems of Power in the U.S. 2010 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act,” a rhetorical analysis of the 2010 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) – the document that currently dictates how the United States government conducts intelligence-gathering operations. She explores the power relationships within the document using Michel Foucault’s framework of power/knowledge, and argues that not only does FISA frame foreign persons as potentially dangerous and amoral others that require surveillance from the U.S. government and citizens, but it also serves as a method of governance that attempts to discipline U.S. and foreign individuals into various social positions with unequal levels of agency. Her study is a component of a larger thesis project that explores the rhetorical positioning of United States and foreign persons within FISA.


Alissa Hooper

Alissa Hooper’s project seeks to explain the current state of the radio industry and propose where it may be headed in future years. Her essay pays particular attention to radio giant iHeartRadio. She posits that their growth as a conglomerate will only continue without FCC intervention, causing continued decline in the number of independent stations. Her work also explains how the state of the radio industry favors iHeartRadio, which is the only corporation with large stakes in the markets of both broadcast and digital radio.

“I think it’s funny that I took Media Industries as an elective to explore an area I knew little about and this paper ended up being my favorite and the one I was most proud of last semester,” says Hooper, a first-year graduate student. She credits Dr. Nick Marx for being a great instructor and helping her reach her potential on this essay.

Shana Makos

Shana Makos

In the essay ”Friends Don’t Let Friends Fat Talk”: Memorable Messages in The Body Project, second-year graduate student Shana Makos develops a preliminary typology for the memorable messages presented in a body-positivity workshop. “A “memorable message” is a meaningful unit of communication that affects behavior and guides the sense-making processes,” Makos says. “The purpose of investigating the most memorable messages is to determine what had the greatest impact on participants, potentially predicting the future ways in which they will talk about their bodies and also inform curriculum writers of what participants find influential.”

Kalie McMonagle

Kalie McMonagle

First year graduate student Kalie McMonagle’s visual presentation is titled, “I’m Not Done Talking!: Stitches in Feminist Communication Scholarship.” McMonagle’s project, a series of eight embroidery pieces explores the ways in which feminist scholarship has affected how we understand what has been considered “neutral”, “objective”, and “historical” knowledge throughout academia. Each piece hails back to a well-worn tradition of recording women’s knowledge in fiber and the labor of fingertips, while recording influential women’s voices in a form that speaks to permanence in a quickly moving world. The project was inspired by Dr. Griffin’s Feminist Theories course. “If feminist classes aren’t chalk full of bra-burnings, witchy hexes, or home economics, what exactly goes on in there?” McMonagle asks. “To boot, why does feminist scholarship matter to communication, engineering, or foreign language studies?”

We extend our congratulations to all four students.