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Last 5 entries for 2020

Dr. Choi named 2020 Fellow - Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women

June 13, 2020 (Saturday)
Department of Communication Assistant Professor, Dr. Heesook Choi, has been named a Fellow with the Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women. Sponsored by the AEJMC (Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication) Commission on the Status of Women, the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication at Florida International University and the AEJMC Council of Affiliates, presents an annual workshop designed to help junior women faculty members move forward in their careers through mentoring, networking and preparing for tenure and promotion and administration or other leadership positions. Speakers, panelists and roundtable leaders include senior scholars and administrators and women colleagues who have achieved significant leadership positions in their careers.

MSU faculty member heads statewide communication association

June 11, 2020 (Thursday)
STARKVILLE, Miss.â€"A Mississippi State faculty member is the new president of the Mississippi Communication Association, an organization with members representing every institution of higher learning in the state.

Philip S. Poe, associate professor and coordinator for print and digital journalism in MSU’s Department of Communication, said his role as MCA president includes coordinating communication between the executive board and the membership, serving as a spokesperson and presiding at the organization’s 2021 spring convention, currently slated for early next year at Mississippi College in Jackson.

“MCA seeks to bring together communication faculty and students from all of the universities, colleges and community colleges across the state by focusing on scholarship and teaching that applies to us all,” Poe said of the organization that was established in 1950. “We are an inclusive community of teachers, scholars and students interested in personal and professional growth while emphasizing the rich history of the communication discipline in Mississippi.”

A native of Henderson, Texas, Poe earned his Ph.D. in mass communication from Texas Tech University in 2012, his master’s in mass media studies from the University of Houston in 2009, and his bachelor’s in communication/journalism from the University of Houston in 2003. An MSU faculty member since 2011, Poe’s research focuses on media antecedents of health behavior as well as disability, culture and media representation.

“Dr. Poe epitomizes the ideals of the MCA including study, research and teaching across communication disciplines,” said Terry Likes, MSU professor and head of the communication department. “He is a leader in our program in providing quality educational opportunities by partnering with groups like the Mississippi Association of Broadcasters and the Mississippi Press Association to ensure our students have access to the professional world.”

MSU’s College of Arts and Sciences includes more than 5,200 students, 325 full-time faculty members, nine doctoral programs, 14 master’s programs, and 27 undergraduate academic majors offered in 14 departments. It also is home to the most diverse units for research and scholarly activities, including natural and physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and the humanities. For more details about the College of Arts and Sciences visit The communication department is online at

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Communication professor recognized for research on coronavirus PSAs

May 01, 2020 (Friday)
A faculty member in Mississippi State's Department of Communication recently spotlighted her research on how to efficiently and effectively evaluate public service announcements during a Hearst Television interview.
In the interview conducted by Hearst Chief National Investigative Correspondent Mark Albert, MSU Assistant Professor of Communication Holli H. Seitz shared insight on the effectiveness of various COVID-19 PSAs that have gone viral. Public Service Announcements are brief informational messages designed to raise awareness on important issues.
"Giving a concrete message and stirring emotion--those are two things that will make a message incredibly memorable," said Seitz, who also serves as director of The Message Laboratory in MSU's Social Science Research Center. "If you can have a message that is effective in changing the desired health behavior and you can somehow get virality, then you have a larger, better chance of making a big positive effect."
For the interview, Seitz drew her scholarly insight on the perceived success of PSAs from her 2012 co-authored research paper titled "Efficiently and Effectively Evaluating Public Service Announcements: Additional Evidence for the Utility of Perceived Effectiveness."
The discussion aired on Hearst Television and radio stations across the country, including WAPT-TV in Jackson.
Seitz earned an MSU bachelor's degree in communication in 2005 and a Master of Public Health in health behavior from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2007. She also holds a master's and Ph.D. in communication from the University of Pennsylvania. At MSU, she has taught introductory communication, elements of persuasion, and health communication courses. Her research interests include health communication, message effects, media effects, health equity, and science communication.
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MSU honors its advising staff during first week of May

April 29, 2020 (Wednesday)
The Department of Communication recognizes its excellent faculty advisors and our Academic Advising Coordinator, Haylee Crouch, as part of the Inaugural Global Advising Week May 3-May 9.
Perhaps never more than over the past month, MSU's staff and faculty advising responsibilities have been creative, supportive, and persistent in completing their jobs, meeting the needs of students and supporting MSU. We thank you for your service.

Communication faculty member wins advising award

April 17, 2020 (Friday)
A faculty member of the Department of Communication has recently won an award at MSU's Student Choice Awards.
Cheryl Chambers, the advisor for the MSU Speech and Debate team, was awarded Student Organization Advisor of the Year for her role as advisor.
"Even as she makes no extra money working with the team, she regularly works long hours and gives up her weekend to make this team successful. From handling logistics and securing donations to coaching and supporting the team as a whole, Cheryl has made an impact on every student she works with, not only on a professional level, but an individual one as well."
The Student Choice Awards was hosted virtually on April 15 by the Center for Student Activities. The categories for awards included Residence Hall of the Year, Event of the Year, and New Student Organization of the Year.