COM 315: INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATION  (SPRING 2020)

With their outstanding group project "Trump's Troop Withdrawal from Syria: A Comparative Analysis of MSNBC & RT," James Bouffard, Victoria Ragusa, and Sam Shoaff compared RT's and MSNBC's media framing of Trump's 2019 decision to withdraw American troops from Northern Syria. Their analysis shows that RT advances an "Incompetent/Immoral Empire" frame, which depicts Trump's decision as an overextension of power and abandonment of allies. On the other hand, MSNBC put forward a "Lack of Coordination" frame that emphasizes a disconnect between Trump's foreign policy and his national security team.

COM 010: FUNDAMENTALS OF ORAL COMMUNICATION  (FALL 2019)

With their outstanding video project "The Dangers of Texting & Driving," Rory Misko, Julia Kilbride, Mia Edmanson, Emily O'Flynn, and Amy Huber developed a tutorial for a speech of advocacy using Monroe's Motivated Sequence. Their tutorial not only offers detailed instructions for effective delivery, content, and organization, but also discusses creative ways of using rhetorical figures and tropes in speeches of advocacy. Finally, the voice-over narration helps to gain a deeper understanding of all of the available means of persuasion that are at play.

COM 321: POPULAR CULTURE (SPRING 2019)

With their outstanding website project "Michael Gary Scott: A Tragically Comedic Character," Haley Gibson, Katarian Ward, Gianna Destefani, and Sam Kline critically analyzed Michael Scott's character in the TV series The Office. They argue that while Michael Scott's tragic elements are often so sad that they are funny, he is still a tragic character within a comedic environment.  He tries so hard to be comedic relief for everyone at Dunder Mifflin, but he always falls short. His tragic elements tend to outshine the comedic ones.

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