Activities and Achievements of Students, Alumni and Faculty
2017 - 2018
2016 - 2017
Dr. Meredith Marko Harrigan , along with Communication Alumnae, Alexandra Priore, Emily Wagner , and Katelyn Palka published a peer-reviewed article in the Journal of Family Communication titled “Preventing Face Loss in Donor-Assisted Families” (2017). The article describes parents’ experiences with face threats and how they attempt to prevent them using facework. This project began as a directed study (COMN 399) (Photo: Emily Wagner, ’14)
Geneseo Communication Department won a Top School Award at the 7th annual James C. McCroskey and Virginia P. Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference at the annual meeting of the 108th Eastern Communication Association (ECA) in Spring 2017. Since ECA’s undergraduate conference started in 2011, a total of 78 original research projects by Geneseo Communication students have been accepted and presented, making Geneseo the largest presence in the conference. (Photo of 2017 ECA Group)
Communication major Chelsea Butkowski and Dr. Atsushi Tajima published a peer-reviewed journal article in Feminist Media Studies entitled, “A Critical Examination of Visualized Femininity: Selective Inheritance and Intensification of Gender Posing from Historical Painting to Contemporary Advertising” (2017). Grounded on Erving Goffman’s Gender Advertisements (1976/79), the study comparatively examines classic European paintings and contemporary advertisements and argues the role of hyper-ritualization in constructing our notion of luxury. Chelsea initially started this study during her senior year in COMN 368: Research in Media and Cultural Studies with Dr. Atsushi Tajima. (Photo of Chelsea Butkowski)
Communication Senior Corinne Shanahan received a Top Paper Award in the 2017 annual conference of the Eastern Communication Association. Her study is entitled, “Double-speak, Double-eat: Misleading Food Advertisements and Their Influence on Obesity in America.” By employing a theoretical lens of doublespeak (Lutz, 1989), Corinne conducts a critical rhetorical analysis on food advertisements. Corinne argues that food advertisements emphasizing health claims are often structurally misleading, which could cause adverse effect on consumer’s health. Corinne produced this study in COMN 353: Advertising as Social Communication with Dr. Atsushi Tajima.
Communication Senior Riagan McMahon received Third Place in the Competitive Undergraduate Poster Session at the 2017 annual conference of the Eastern Communication Association. Her study is entitled, “‘Sports Cuties’ Sell: The Impact Diet- and Fitness-Oriented Advertising Has on Body Dissatisfaction and Anxiety Symptom Development among Women.” By analyzing body images and discourses in Shape Magazine, Riagan argues the fitness-appraisal nature of Shape provides unique and rather powerful narratives compared to other magazines for women. Riagan produced this study in COMN 353: Advertising as Social Communication with Dr. Atsushi Tajima .
Dr. Meredith Marko Harrigan was awarded the Roemer Summer Research Fellowship for her project titled “Motherhood and the Mother-Daughter Relationship.” This project involves two collaborations with Geneseo alumnae, including an investigation of daughters’ discursive constructions of their working mothers (with Seungji Yang, ’16) and an exploration of virtual and non-virtual disclosure patterns between mothers and daughters during emerging adulthood (with Megan Meadows, ’16).
Communication major Candace Pedraza has been recognized by the New York Press Association with a second-place award for a story about the Livingston County Suicide Task Force. Published by the Livingston County News, the article was written as the final project for Prof. Michael Saffran’s COMN 107 (Foundations of Media Writing) class. Many of the competing entries came from large metropolitan dailies, such as papers from New York City and Buffalo.
Communication Alumnae Kate Dunn received a 2017 Fullbright Scholarship. She is a Geneseo alumnae, majoring in Communication and Environmental Studies (Class of 2015). She currently works as an editorial assistant for the Empire State Development Corporation and has written for numerous environmental/conservation organizations. She had a study abroad experience in the Netherlands in 2014 and is now looking forward to her experience in Malaysia.
2015 - 2016
Dr. Meredith Marko Harrigan received the 2015–16 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. This award is a System-level honor conferred to acknowledge and provide system-wide recognition and distinction for consistently superior professional achievement in teaching excellence. The receipt of this award makes Dr. Harrigan a role model in the SUNY system.
Communication major Catherine Jones and Dr. Atsushi Tajima published a peer-reviewed journal article, “The Caucasianization of Jesus: Hollywood Transforming Christianity into a Racially Hierarchical Discourse” in The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture (2015; University of Toronto Press). Catherine originally started this project during her sophomore year in COMN 362 International Mass Communication with Dr. Atsushi Tajima.
Geneseo Communication Department won a Top School Award at the 6th annual James C. McCroskey and Virginia P. Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference at the annual meeting of the 107th Eastern Communication Association (ECA) in Baltimore, MD, March 30–April 3, 2016 ( tied with Penn State Schuykill). Two Geneseo students won a top-paper award, and one student won the top-poster award.
Communication major Chi Huynh received a top-paper award at the 2016 Eastern Communication Association annual conference. Her paper is entitled, “Out of Sight, Out of Communication? Private Disclosure in Proximal and Long-Distance Relationships.” With interview data, Chi explores how college students communicatively manage private information in long-distance and proximally-close relationships and highlights the role of updating and filtering in long-distance relationships. Chi produced this study in COMN 345 Theories of Interpersonal Communication with Dr. Meredith Marko Harrigan .
Communication major Nicole Heney received a top-paper award at the 2016 Eastern Communication Association annual conference. Her paper is entitled, “Making Meaning of Distance: Contradictions in Long-Distance Romantic Relationships.” With interview data, Nicole describes how partners communicatively manage the contradictory discourses of presence-absence and similarity-difference through a variety of methods. In doing so, she highlights the complexity of long-distance relationships. Nicole produced this study in COMN 345 Theories of Interpersonal Communication with Dr. Meredith Marko Harrigan .
Communication major Leandra Griffith received the top-poster award at the 2016 Eastern Communication Association annual conference. Her work is entitled, “Can Given Names Give Empowerment? The Effects of Non-Conventional Names on Women.” While female names generally have more variations in both names themselves and spelling than male names, Leandra explores the reasons for this cultural practice by conducting surveys on both young women and their parents. Leandra produced this study in COMN 368: Research in Media and Cultural Studies with Dr. Atsushi Tajima .
WGSU was a finalist for two awards in the College Broadcasters Inc. 2016 National Student Production Awards competition. Work by students McKenna Miller (Best Public Service Announcement — Audio category, for a PSA for SUNY Geneseo's Office of Financial Aid) and Ian Thomas (News Reporting — Audio category, for a news story about campus environmental activism) was recognized at CBI's national Student Electronic Medida Convention, Oct. 20-22, 2017 in Philadelphia.
2014 - 2015
Geneseo Communication Department won the Top School Award (highest number of paper accepted from a single school) at the 5th annual James C. McCroskey and Virginia P. Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference at the annual meeting of the 106th Eastern Communication Association (ECA) in Philadelphia, PA, April 22–26, 2015 . Two Geneseo students won a top- paper award, including the top paper award. (Photo of Associate Professor, Communication, Atsushi Tajima, Ph.D. faculty advisor, ECA)
2013 - 2014
Adjunct professor Nate Lull signed up to be a marrow donor, thanks to Canisius hockey player Chris Rumble, and his donation may save a life.
Professor Michael Saffran is quoted about the Rochester media's local news scene.
Professor Michael Saffran, who is also the Faculty Advisor for WGSU-FM, had an article published in celebration of College Radio Day (October 1) and the continued evolution of radio.
Brian and Casey McCormack are brothers who partnered up for three separate radio talk shows and also run commentary on SUNY Geneseo's Ice Knights hockey games.
Democrat & Chronicle
Geneseo News and Events
WGSU, Geneseo's campus radio station, is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year. It was founded February 18, 1963, and celebrations of the anniversary will continue throughout the year.
Dr. Mary Mohan's ongoing South Wedge project was recognized as a part of the College's Application for President Obama's National Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction.
In honor of WGSU's fiftieth anniversary this year, Geneseo Scene published an article about the value of working on WGSU. The article features both alumni and students and can be found on page five of the magazine.
A series of articles highlight past WGSU members and where they are now. These articles can be found on pages eight through thirteen of the e-Reader.
As a web exclusive, photos of both the WGSU station and members over the past fifty years are available in a slideshow. Photos include Professor Mike Saffran, '85, who is the current WGSU Faculty Advisor.
James C. McCroskey and Virginia P. Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference
Once again, SUNY Geneseo had a large number of papers accepted. One student received a Top-Paper Award.
This was the largest number among the participating schools. In addition, two students received a Top-Paper Award and one student received the Top-Poster Award.
SUNY Geneseo has a history of participating in the undergraduate conference, which is part of the meeting of the Eastern Communication Association. In 2015, the Department was proud to see eleven Geneseo students present their work.
SUNY Geneseo has a history of participating in this undergraduate conference, which is part of the meeting of the Eastern Communication Association. In 2014, the Department was proud to see eleven Geneseo students present their work.
SUNY Geneseo has a history of participating in this undergraduate conference, which is part of the meeting of the Eastern Communication Association. In 2013, the Department was proud to see sixteen presentations by seventeen Geneseo students.
Dr. Atsushi Tajima is featured in his second Invasion of Privacy article about his lifetime of travel and discovery; he is the jack-of-all-trades, with skill in photography, welding, motorcycle-racing, and flying airplanes.
WGSU takes the station in a more "real-world" direction, implementing several changes but keeping the music the same.
Senior Kevin Mejia, an intern for the Center for Community, coordinates the campus' first Greek Night on his own
WGSU music director Oliver Horowitz and three assistant music directors (Katy Boland, Nathan Kahn, and Tom Silva) are praised for WGSU 89.3 FM's diverse musical playlist.
Station manager of WGSU 89.3 FM and managing editor of The Lamron, senior Laura Vitto has been working hard for Geneseo's communication outlets and aspires to be a journalist.
Erik Talbot, a senior Communication major, has immersed himself in campus media and internships from Albany to Rochester.
Senior Communication major James Costanzo surrounds himself with campus media, from WGSU to his editing position in on the Lamron. He also interned at NBC this summer.
Former Communication student Alex Fitzpatrick rose to station manager of 89.3 WGSU, Geneseo's student-run radio station.
Gabrielle Gosset and Dr. Mary Mohan worked with developer Greg O'Connell to help improve Livingston County's Springwater.
Dr. Atsushi Tajima, assistant professor, has had quite a journey before arriving at Geneseo, doing everything from studying Alaskan Inuits to racing motorcycles.
Livingston County News
Professor Mike Saffran's Mass Media Management class weighed in on the discussion about the suspension of Brian Williams, NBC News anchor.
Another article, this time for the Livingston County News, was written about Gabrielle Gosset and Dr. Mary Mohan's work for Livingston County's Springwater.
The New York Times
Students of COMN 341 (Public Relations Case Problems) helped to design public relations and marketing strategies for businesses in Mount Morris, enlisted by Greg O'Connell.
Professor Mike Saffran was quoted for the Photo of the Week article, which featured the erection of SUNY Geneseo's radio tower for WGSU in 1963.
SUNY Geneseo's campus radio station, WGSU-FM (89.3), and student-run television station, GSTV (Channel 4), have partnered this semester for on-air weather forecasts.