M.A. in Communication & Leadership Studies Hosts Western States Communication Association’s Annual Convention Feb. 20-24

More than 750 communication faculty, students, and professionals from around the country will gather in Spokane at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park February 20-24 for the 86th Annual Convention of the Western States Communication Association. Three Gonzaga University communication programs are proud to be the official conference hosts. Gonzaga’s Master of Arts in Communication & Leadership Studies (COML), Integrated Media, and Communication Studies programs were selected to be the official hosts of the 2015 WSCA Convention due to their excellence, innovation, and commitment to the liberal arts.

The conference theme is “Accentuate the Positive” – made famous in the song from Gonzaga University alumnus Bing Crosby – to inspire presenters to showcase the ways that communication can be used to “eliminate the negative” in world affairs, at home, in school, and on the job.

The conference – view full program at https://www.westcomm.org/convention/documents/Program2015.pdf – includes dozens of sessions for communicators to “latch on to the affirmative,” including a presentation on “Accentuating the Positive for Students with Disabilities,” 8:30-9:45 a.m., Feb. 22, in which professors will discuss how their daily communication can be designed to have the most benefit for students with special needs.

The scholars participating in the event include Gonzaga faculty Claudia Bucciefero, John Caputo, Amy Corey, Heather Crandall, Carolyn Cunningham, Kris Morehouse, Tony Osborne, Molly Pepper, Pavel Shlossberg, and Mike Carey. Also, more than a half-dozen Gonzaga COML students will present their own scholarship. Learn more.

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