November 2009 Dr. De’Arno De’Armond, Hickman Professor of Marketing and assistant professor of marketing and finance, was awarded “Best Paper” at the Oct. 9-10 Academy of Financial Services in Anaheim, Calif. The paper, titled “Contributing Success Factors Within the Financial Planning Profession,” competed against hundreds of submissions from business schools around the world. De’Armond’s paper also was invited for submission to an upcoming edition of the Academy of Financial Services Journal.
Dr. Jeffry Babb, assistant professor of computer information systems, is serving as the organizing chair for the ninth annual Isoneworld2010 Conference set for April 8-9 in Las Vegas, Nev.
Dr. Bruce Brasington, professor of history, was a presenter at the 19th annual meeting of the Texas Medieval Association Oct. 23-24 at the University of Texas. The paper, titled “The Beginnings of Visual Representation in Medieval Law,” discussed the use of pictures found in medieval legal manuscripts as evidence for legal education by means of images.
Dr. Leigh Browning, associate professor of mass communication, Lori Westermann, instructor of mass communication, and Dr. Nick Gerlich, professor of marketing, were presenters at the Clute Institute conference Oct. 5-7 in Las Vegas, Nev. Their paper explored the mind on music and was named top paper in the marketing division.
Dr. Trudy Hanson, professor of speech communication, was a presenter at the Oct. 7-10 Texas Speech Communication Association (TSCA) conference in Dallas. Her papers were titled “Nonverbal Storytelling” and “Communication with Generation Me Students.” She also completed her term as chairman of the TSCA Rhetoric and Communication Theory Interest Group. Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart, associate vice president of academic affairs and associate professor of speech communication, presented “Applying Finding Your Strengths to the Classroom.” Dr. Jessica Mallard, associate professor of speech communication and director of the William H. and Joyce Attebury Honors Program, presented three papers at the conference. One paper, co-authored with Dr. Leigh Browning, associate professor of mass communication, was titled “The Speech, the Moment, the Media: An Analysis of the Media Reaction to the Obama Speech on Race.” The other two papers were “Using the True Colors Personality Assessment to Help Your Students Better Understand Themselves and their Communication Practices” and “Improving Our Environment: Using Service-Learning in the Nonverbal Communication Course.” Kirk Scarbrough, a senior speech communication major from Holliday, won the top student paper in the Rhetoric and Communication Theory Interest Group for “The Drug Bust Heard Round the World: A Fantasy Theme Analysis of Tulia, Texas.”
Dr. Guy Loneragan, associate professor of beef cattle health and management, gave an invited presentation on behalf of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association to staff members of the U.S. Senate and House Agriculture Committee Oct. 5 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. He also was an invited presenter at the American Statistical Association’s FDA/Industry Statistical Workshop Sept. 23-24 in Washington, D.C. He presented two papers titled “Field Efficacy Studies: Challenges and Opportunities” and “Challenges Associated with E. coli O157 and Salmonella Studies Conducted in Real-World Settings.”
Emmanuel Lopez and Dr. Keith Redpath, Harrington lecturers of music and members of the Harrington String Quartet, traveled to El Paso Oct. 3 as featured clinicians for the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra’s All-State/Region Clinic. Redpath also will serve as a judge for the Music Teachers National Association/Texas Music Teachers Association Performance Competition at Texas Tech University in November.
Connie McKee, instructor of speech communication and director of forensics, was elected vice president elect of the Texas Speech Communication Association (TSCA) during its annual conference Oct. 7-10 in Dallas. She will serve as program planner for the 2011 TSCA convention.
Dr. Anthony Spencer, assistant professor of speech communication, and Connie McKee, instructor of speech communication, presented papers Oct. 19-22 at the Conference of European Culture in Barcelona, Spain. Spencer’s was titled “A Journey Which Begins on the Road and Ends in the Soul: A Semiotic Analysis of the Motorcycle Diaries,” and McKee’s paper was “Barack Obama: Re-examining the Climate of the Opinion of Spiral of Silence.”
Dr. Pat Tyrer, associate professor of English, is the author of “‘Of what is past, or passing, or to come’: Characters as Relics in No Country for Old Men” with Pat Nickell in From Novel to Film No country for Old Men, published in August by Scarecrow Press.