Four students in the communications program at Bob Jones University presented academic papers at the 89th Annual Southern States Communication Association (SSCA) Convention at the Renaissance Hotel & Spa in Montgomery, Alabama, April 3 - 7.
Prior to the convention, students from across the Southeast submitted papers for consideration in the SSCA’s competitive, blind review process. Four papers by BJU students were selected for inclusion at the regional conference. Haley Brammer of Greenville presented, “Sex and Scandal in the Catholic Church: A Look through Communication Privacy Management Theory,” in the Theodore Clevenger Undergraduate Honors Conference at the convention. Three BJU graduate students–Beth Ann Labadorf of Greenville (“Tragedy on Southwest Flight 1380: A Crisis Response Analysis“), Kenneth Driscoll of Dublin, Ohio (“The Way They Saw It – Students’ Experiences During Spanish Study Abroad”), and Jessica Mullen of Centerville, Georgia (“DM’s and Double Chins: How Ephemerality Affects Digital Copresence on Social Media Platforms”)–were chosen to present their research in panel discussions. Kenneth Driscoll won Top Paper Award in the Language and Social Interaction Division.
“To have a paper accepted at a regional conference is a high quality academic achievement. While it is evident this accomplishment is a preparatory step toward doctoral work, it is also important preparation for success in the workplace,” said Dr. Charlotte Burke, BJU professor of communication. “Conducting research, analyzing data, drawing informed conclusions, and communicating results orally and in writing are assets that will help these students excel in their professions.”
Southern States is a regional association of communication scholars. The Southern States Communication Association's purpose is to promote the study, criticism, research, teaching, and application of the artistic, humanistic, and scientific principles of communication.