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Political Communication Scholar Featured at Maryland Communication Conference at FSU
09/29/2011

Former Gov. Ehrlich to Speak at Conference Reception

Frostburg State University’s Department of Communication Studies will host the 27th annual Maryland Communication Association (MCA) conference, with the theme “Communicating Politically, Engaging Civilly,” on Friday, Oct. 14, and Saturday, Oct. 15. The registration deadline for the conference is Friday, Sept 30.

The keynote address at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday is open to the public for free with advance registration. Keynote speaker is Dr. Ted Sheckels, professor of English and communication studies at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va. Sheckels’ research includes a critical study of Congressional debating, a co-authored book titled “Perspectives on Political Communication: A Case Approach” and a forthcoming book on women in politics. He also edited “Cracked but Not Shattered: Hillary Clinton’s Unsuccessful Campaign for the Presidency.” To register for the keynote address, e-mail sawhalen@frostburg.edu or call 301-687-4148 by Monday, Oct. 10, so that appropriate seating is assured.

A conference reception co-sponsored by the J. Glenn Beall, Jr., Institute for Public Affairs will be held on Friday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Lyric Building, located at 20 E. Main Street in Frostburg. It will feature live musical entertainment, refreshments, socializing and a presentation by former Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich. Ehrlich was a four-term congressman representing Maryland’s second Congressional district when he became Maryland’s first Republican governor in 36 years (2003-2007). Today, he is a partner at King & Spalding’s Washington, D.C., office and is authoring a forthcoming book on American politics and culture. The reception is open to conference attendees only.

A full-day academic conference program is set for Saturday, Oct. 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Lane University Center on FSU’s campus.

FSU Communication Studies faculty and students are playing a prominent role in the conference. Professor Sheri Whalen, instructor of communication studies at FSU and first vice president of MCA is the conference organizer; Dr. Elesha L. Ruminski, chair of communication studies, serves as MCA’s president; and Dr. Brent Kice serves as MCA webmaster. Members from the Student Communication Studies Association (SCSA) and others from the campus community will also participate in the conference experience, including the Department of Mass Communication, which is helping to sponsor the event. Other sponsors include Salisbury University, Community College of Baltimore County, Bedford/St. Martin’s, Pearson, McGraw Hill, Cengage Publishers and RC Theatres.

MCA is a professional organization for communication educators, students and professionals. The mission indicates that “members are active researchers and authors in the field as well as past officers of regional and national communication associations.”

See www.marylandcomm.org for more details and the registration form. A full conference program will soon be available online. Registrants of the full conference should become members of MCA.

For more information about the MCA conference, contact Whalen at 301-687-4148 or sawhalen@frostburg.edu. For information about the Department of Communication Studies at FSU, contact Ruminski at 301-687-4480 or elruminski@frostburg.edu. For more on the Beall Institute, contact Executive Director Tim Magrath at 301-687-4080 or tmagrath@frostburg.edu. 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. -end-

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