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FSU’s Department of Communication Studies to Host Maryland Communication Association Conference
09/29/2010

Frostburg State University’s Department of Communication Studies will host the 26th annual Maryland Communication Association (MCA) conference “Let’s Chat: Negotiating Communication Today,” Friday and Saturday, Oct. 22 and 23. The full-day academic conference program will be Saturday, Oct. 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on FSU’s campus. The conference is for communication educators, students and professionals. Those interested in attending must register by Oct. 1, on www.marylandcomm.org. Registrants for the full conference should become members of MCA.

Two events are open to the public. The first is a “Let’s Chat” preconference celebration on Friday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. at Mountain City Traditional Arts (25 E. Main St.) in Frostburg, featuring live musical entertainment from Kathleen and Ed Myers of Keyser, W.Va. The second is the keynote address on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 11:30 a.m. by Dr. David Westerman on “Negotiating Communication Technologies: Technology as a Tool.” Westerman is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies at West Virginia University and specializes in impression formation and telepresence in online environments. To attend either event, RSVP by Oct. 13 to Dr. Elesha L. Ruminski, chair of Communication Studies at FSU and first vice president of MCA, at 301-687-4480 or elruminski@frostburg.edu.

FSU Communication Studies faculty and students play a prominent role in the MCA conference. In addition to Ruminski’s role as MCA’s first vice president and conference organizer, Professor Sheri Whalen serves as MCA’s second vice president and Dr. Brent Kice serves as webmaster. Communication Studies alumnus Eric Chaney and major Anastasia Otranto helped organize the conference as part of internships fulfilling major requirements. Professor David Stern’s students are attending as part of course assignments. Members from the Student Communication Studies Association (SCSA) and other student organizations at FSU will be featured in a roundtable titled “Chatting About Student Leadership and Communication in Campus Organizations: Frostburg State University Student Perspectives.” Communication Studies alumnae Shavonne Shorter and Christine Yurko, now graduate students at Purdue University and West Virginia University, respectively, will present during the conference, as will FSU Public Information Specialist Becca Ramspott.

Along with the FSU Department of Communication Studies, the conference is being sponsored by the FSU Department of Mass Communication; Pearson, McGraw Hill; and Cengage Publishers, as well as local establishments, including RC Theatres and Baltimore Street Grill.

For more information about the conference or MCA, contact Ruminski at 301-687-4480 or elruminski@frostburg.edu. Visit www.marylandcomm.org for the MCA registration form and conference details. A tentative conference program is posted on the website.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions and two regional higher education centers within the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

For further information on this release, contact:

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