News and Events

2016 - 2017

Communication students present at LU Research Expo

The Undergraduate Research Exposition is a prestigious event that allows Lamar University students, under the guidance of a faculty mentor, the opportunity to implement and showcase their research projects. On Friday, April 21, 2017, four Department of Communication students showcased their research at the Expo: Rachel Curtis, Stephanie DeMeyer, Daniel Pemberton, and Alexandra Sokolova. (Their faculty mentors were Dr. Rui, Prof. O. Stanley, and Dr. Tindall.)

Small Group Comm and Conflict Management class raised funds for St. Jude's

Rui Class

Congratulations to Dr. Rui's small group communication and conflict management class! The students conducted a fundraising project for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Houston. The project lasted the entire spring semester, including a field day event on April 19, 2017. The entire campaign raised $6,651.3 for St. Jude.

Stanley selected at nominee for Regents' Teacher Award

Ruth StanleyMs. Ruth Stanley is Lamar University's nominee for the TSUS Regents' Teacher Award. The Board of Regents of the Texas State University System annually recognizes one exceptional teacher from a TSUS member institution with the Regents' Teacher Award. Regents' Teachers are selected by the chancellor based on their outstanding performance as educators, contributions to the development of courses, and use of innovative teaching methods, among other criteria. This is the second time in three years that Ruth has been chosen to represent the university for this award.

Faculty members receive summer research grants

Dr. Raymond Rui and Mr. Mahmoud Salimi have been awarded summer research grants by the Lamar University Research Office. These grants are peer reviewed and will help these two professors pursue important research in their respective fields. Dr. Rui will work on a research project about how people assess the credibility of online information based on their expectation. The project seeks to examine the psychological mechanism by which people evaluate online information. Results of this project have the potential to raise people’s awareness of their personal bias in processing online information and be translated into education aimed at improving people’s digital literacy.

Mr. Salimi’s project is a short fiction film about coexistence and tolerance that emphasizes on the culture of dialog and understanding. The film is in postproduction stage, and the grant will be used to complete the film.

South Africa study abroad featured on LUTV on Fox special

This summer seven students from the Department of Communication participated in the first Lamar University Study Abroad South Africa program. The students spent four weeks in Johannesburg during July 2016, and used skills they acquired at LU to produce stories about South Africa. In October 2016, LUTV on Fox aired a half-hour news segment featuring their stories. Read more.

Natalie Tindall named chair of Department of Communication

Dr. TindallLamar University welcomes Natalie Tindall as chair of the Department of Communication starting fall semester 2016. Dr. Tindall was most recently a faculty member of Georgia State University, where she was co-director of the communication graduate program.

"Dr. Tindall is a nationally renowned scholar in her field, and she brings a unique curriculum perspective to her department,” said Derina Holtzhausen, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication. “These are two areas in which her leadership will be very valuable." Read more.