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February 12, 2015


Jacqueline Schmidt, John Carroll University, has been awarded the university’s 2014-2015 Distinguished Faculty Award.

In the Media 

Jennifer Bevan, Chapman University, was featured in an article from livescience about how positive and negative news is shared on Facebook.

Graham Bodie, Louisiana State University & Agricultural and Mechanical College; Andrea Vickery, Louisiana State University; Kaitlin Cannava, Louisiana State University; and Susanne Jones, University of Minnesota, were cited in a Wall Street Journal article for their research on active listening.

Sandra Faulkner, Bowling Green State University, was quoted in an article in the Miami Herald about the problems with beauty pageants.

Jesse Fox, The Ohio State University, was featured in a Yahoo!Health article for her research about men and selfies.

Sheena Howard, Rider University, wrote an article for Asbury Park Press about the changes in the African-American community over the last 25 years.

Lynsey Romo, North Carolina State University, and Anita Vangelisti, University of Texas at Austin, were featured in an article from The Wall Street Journal on teaching kids about money.

Michael Sollitto, Texas A&M University, was featured in a article about friendships with employees.

S. Shyam Sundar, Pennsylvania State University, and Anne Oeldorf-Hirsch, University of Connecticut, were featured in an article on for their research about Facebook.

Of Interest 

Brian Southwell, RTI International, launched a new weekly public radio show in January called “The Measure of Everyday Life.” The show, which features interviews with social scientists, including Communication researchers, airs in North Carolina on 90.7 FM (WNCU), and also streams worldwide. Archived podcasts are available weekly, and details and updates can be found on Twitter at @MeasureRadio.

In Memoriam 

Jack Kay, Eastern Michigan University, passed away on January 30, 2015, at the age of 63. Dr. Kay was a teacher-scholar, an active member of the forensics community, and longtime member of the National Communication Association.  He was a past President of the Central States Communication Association, the Michigan Association of Speech Communication, the Nebraska Speech Communication Association, and Delta Sigma Rho / Tau Kappa Alpha.

Dr. Kay earned his undergraduate degree in Speech and Political Science at Wayne State University in 1974. He earned his M.A. at Southern Illinois University - Carbondale in 1975 and his Ph.D. in Communication at Wayne State University (WSU) in 1979. He was a member of the nationally recognized WSU debate team and coached the team as a graduate student.

He was Associate Professor of Speech Communication at University of Nebraska - Lincoln, where he also served as Director of debate and forensics. In 1990, he returned to Wayne State as Professor of Communication and Chair.

Dr. Kay’s administrative appointments at Wayne State University included Chair of the Department of Communication; two terms as Interim Dean of the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts; Interim Dean of the former College of Urban, Labor and Metropolitan Affairs; Associate Provost for Assessment, Retention and Global Education; and Associate Provost for Student Services.  In 2005, Dr. Kay accepted an appointment as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at University of Michigan - Flint, where he later served as Interim Chancellor. In 2009, he was named Provost and Executive Vice President at Eastern Michigan University (EMU). In 2011, he moved from administration to a professorship in EMU's Department of Communication, Media and Theatre Arts.

Dr. Kay will be remembered for his efforts to promote a culture of student academic success, international activity for students, and increasing community engagement. He inaugurated Wayne State's annual Student Academic Success Summit, established the Study Abroad Office, and was a member of the Anthony Wayne Society.

Dr. Kay was published extensively in Argumentation, Rhetoric, and Political Communication. He researched and spoke on issues such as race, diversity, and the language of oppression. He frequently presented on anti-Semitism on the internet and hate in cyberspace. His publications include the book, Argumentation: Inquiry and Advocacy, (with his mentor and friend Dr. George Ziegelmueller) book chapters, journal articles, and many newspaper editorials. His contribution to doctoral advising was recognized with the Wayne State University Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award in 1998.  He was an early and active promoter of the Debate Watch program.

Guy Paul Yates, West Texas A&M University, passed away on February 3, 2015, at the age of 80. Mr. Yates was born April 22, 1934, in O'Brien, TX. He was a veteran of the Air Force and received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from West Texas State College. He completed his coursework for a doctorate at University of Kansas. He taught at Bowie Jr. High School, Caprock High School, and at West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) from 1969 to 2000.

Mr. Yates served as National Director of the American Forensics Association and received Distinguished Service awards from Pi Kappa Delta, the University Interscholastic League, and the Texas Speech Communication Association. Mr. Yates also was inducted into the WTAMU Communication Hall of Fame. He was a lifetime member of the Texas Speech Communication Association and the National Communication Association, a Professor Emeritus at WTAMU, and a member of the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association. For a number of years, he served as tournament director for the National Individual Events Tournament.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, LaQueta Koenig.Survivors include a sister, Katherine Simpson and husband Gary of Whitewright; a niece, Judy Ann Alonso and husband Robert of Tacoma, WA; his nieces and nephews, Debrah Buchanan, Barbara Newkirk, Larry Bement, Gregory Bement and wife Jana, and Shawn Simpson and wife Rhonda; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews; his special friends, Dr. Buni Leigh Browning and Michael Hager; and a very special pet, Sasha.