Luther College students Rachel Woolsey, class of 2014, Samantha Shimak, class of 2013, Cassandra Chalhoub, class of 2013 and Jena Schwake, class of 2013, had research papers competitively selected for presentation at the 2012 Iowa Communication Association Conference.
The 48th annual conference was held Thursday and Friday, Sept. 21- 22 at the Des Moines Area Community College, Ankeny Campus in Ankeny, Iowa. The theme of the conference was "Digital Directions: Communicating and Learning in the 21st Century."
All four students wrote research papers during the 2012 spring semester in Professor Kim Powell's Communications Research Methods class. Powell accompanied the group and also took part in a roundtable session during the conference.
Luther student Rachel Woolsey received the Frank Westphal Top Student Paper Award for the 2012 conference. Woolsey's research is titled, "Parent and Adult-Child Relationships Affected by Alzheimer's Disease." To recognize the excellent scholarship in undergraduate and graduate programs in Iowa, the ICA Executive Board established a Top Student Paper Award in 2007. The top graduate and undergraduate paper are each honored at the convention with a cash award, certificate, membership in ICA and publication of the top papers in the edition of the Iowa Journal of Communication.
Luther students Woolsey, Shimak, Chalhoub and Schwake presented their research on Friday during the Student Competitive Paper Panel session. Shimak's presentation is titled, "Operation Iraqi Freedom: How Serving in the War Affects Spousal Communication." Chalhoub presented on "Life in America: Middle Eastern Identity" and Schwake's presentation was titled, ""It is What It is": College Females and One-Night Stands." The Iowa Communication Association is a professional organization whose purpose to unite those persons with an academic or professional interest in all disciplines of communication and the performing arts at all educational and professional levels in Iowa for the promotion of their mutual interests and the advancement of their common field.