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Flagler student papers featured at Communication Honors Conference

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May 3, 2013

Six students enrolled in a Sex, Gender and Media course at Flagler College saw their work in the classroom pay off when papers they wrote were accepted into the South Florida Undergraduate Communication Honors Conference at Florida Atlantic University.

Katelyn Bonnevier, Margaret Wallis and Sarah Williamson submitted “Sex and the City: A Backlash Against Modern Feminism,” which was also selected as one of the top three papers at the March conference. Also accepted was “Life Imitating Art: The Reinforcement of Gender Stereotypes in American Sitcoms” by Sean O’Connell, Megan Rohlfing and Richard Robinson.

Flagler College Associate Professor of Communication Helena Sarkio teaches the communication theory course and selected the two papers to be submitted.

“This is a significant achievement for the students because the conference is blind reviewed, meaning that the panel which chose the papers for the conference did not know whose papers they were reading, but rather chose them solely based on merit,” explained Sarkio. “Presenting a paper at an academic conference is a comhonorsgreat resume booster for these students, especially if they apply for graduate school.”

The Florida Atlantic University chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the official honor society of the National Communication Association, organized the conference.

“I am so proud of the tradition of academic research we have been able to build in the Communication Department in the past few years,” Sarkio said. “This is the second year in a row that multiple papers from my course have been accepted to this conference, and also the second year in a row that a Flagler College student’s paper has been selected as one of the top three papers. The Communication Department now offers a strong foundation for students aspiring to go to graduate school for Media Studies.”


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