Faculty and Graduate Students Receive WSCA 2014 Top Papers and Awards

The Hugh Downs School faculty and graduate students will receive top paper awards and recognitions at the Western States Communication Association’s convention in Anaheim, CA on February 14-18, 2014. This year’s convention theme is “Transfer”.

Paul Mongeau, professor and associate director, currently serves as First Vice-President of WSCA. At the end of the 2014 WSCA conference, Dr. Mongeau will serve as President-Elect of WSCA. His leadership role will continue on as President of WSCA in 2015. Dr. Mongeau also serves as Assistant Program Planner for WSCA 2014 and Primary Program Planner for WSCA 2015 in Spokane, WA.

The Western States Communication Association’s purpose is to unite people in the Western States who have an academic, lay or professional interest in communication and who want to promote their mutual educational interests. WSCA includes members from Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, and Hawaii as well as from the other 37 states and other countries.

Top Paper Awards:

Amira De la Garza, co-author Terrie Wong
Top Paper, Intercultural Communication
Passive Heterophily in the Transfer of Buddhist Traditions to the United States: Locating Hidden Ethnocentrism in Communication Practices

Kory Floyd
Top Four Paper, Interpersonal Communication
Skin Hunger: Relational and Health Correlates of Affection Deprivation

Terrie Wong, co-author Amira de la Garza
Top Paper, Intercultural Communication
Passive Heterophily in the Transfer of Buddhist Traditions to the United States: Locating Hidden Ethnocentrism in Communication Practices

Megan Fisk
Top student paper, Health Communication
Asking about Suicide Ideation: Using the Theories of Reasoned Action and of Planned Behavior to Aid the United States Army’s Suicide Intervention Program

A complete listing of all papers, presentations, and awards by the Hugh Downs School faculty and graduate students.