Several DSU faculty members and student present at CSTAND

Amy Czapiewski, associate director of communications, (701) 483-2595

Several Dickinson State University faculty members and students presented at the 2013 annual convention of the Communication Speech and Theatre Association of North Dakota (CSTAND) in Mandan, N.D. The annual convention took place Sept. 12-14.

DSU student Brenda Charles presented "The Marijuana Controversy: The Ethical Issues of Public Relations Regarding This Substance" on the panel, “Undergraduate Student Paper Panel: Research Shared Beyond the Classroom.” Charles’ paper was accepted via competitive review. Additionally, Margaret Marcusen, lecturer of communication, chaired this panel.

Marcusen and Eric Grabowsky, assistant professor of communication at DSU, participated in a discussion entitled, “Event Planning Roundtable.” Marcusen also presented on panels “Teaching the Fundamentals of Public Speaking in the North Dakota University System” and “Incivility and What We Can Do About It, Continued...” Jarri Newton, adjunct professor of agriculture, presented on a panel entitled, “College Expectations of the First-Year Student.”

Three faculty members gave presentations aimed at those teaching in the high school community. Ron Gingerich, chair of the DSU Department of Fine & Performing Arts, was the presenter of “Sound Advice, Ideas for Theatrical Effects.” Margaret Barnhart, lecturer of English, was the presenter of “Voice and Movement to Create Characters in Interps,” and Don Ehli, lecturer of communication, was the presenter of “It's Déjà Makeup All Over Again.”

During the 2013 convention, Grabowsky concluded his appointed role as North Dakota's representative to the States Advisory Council of the Central States Communication Association and the National States Advisory Council. Grabowsky moved into the role of past president, which is a leadership position on the executive board of CSTAND. Grabowsky's one-year term as president concluded during the convention. According to Grabowsky, this role of past president is part of an annual rotation across specific positions on the CSTAND executive board. Grabowsky's term as past president will last until the 2014 CSTAND convention.