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Communication students win award at conference

By Steven Levitt
Chair, Department of Communication

(April 28, 2006)--UTSA Department of Communication students set the third consecutive record for having the most student papers from a single university accepted for presentation and publication at the 18th annual International Academy of Business Disciplines (IABD) Conference conducted April 5-9 in San Diego, Calif.

Nine UTSA students had 5 research papers accepted for presentation with four of the papers receiving publication in the blind-reviewed Business Research Yearbook, Volume XIII, 2006. The papers propose practical public relations solutions to problems faced by U.S. for-profit and nonprofit organizations. As a result, UTSA received from IABD the High Caliber of Students' Research Productivity Award for the third consecutive year. The nine students and their papers are listed below.

Ahmad Tootoonchi, chair of the IABD Conference program and chair of the management department at Frostburg State University, Md., said, "This is an outstanding level of students' presentation at our IABD Conferences as well as publication of their papers in our Business Research Yearbook in the past three years. It is to no one's surprise that the UTSA communication department received the IABD High Caliber of Students' Research Productivity Award for three years in a row."

He added, "The IABD Conference organizing committee members have been unanimous in granting the award because they found the topics of UTSA students' papers to be important, timely and of high interest to the participants in the student sessions. We value the UTSA communication department's contribution to our organization's growth and development.

More than 200 IABD members from more than 25 countries participated in this year's conference.

The IABD was established in 1987 as a worldwide, nonprofit organization with the main goal of bridging the gap between academics and the professional community. The organization is committed to stimulating ideas across disciplines and exchanging research results from around the world.

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UTSA communication students and submitted papers

  • Paula Baldwin, presented paper: "Martha Stewart: From Leona Helmsley to Folk Heroine"
  • Christine Cano, selected to present paper at conference but didn’t attend: "Be Unique, Go Greek: A Case Study for UTSA Greek Community"
  • Sara Garcia, published paper: "Case Study of Toll Road Proposal for Loop 1604"
  • Sylvia Lopez, published paper: "VF Corporation Plant Shut-Downs"
  • Jessica Perez, published paper: "Case Study of Toll Road Proposal for Loop 1604"
  • Melissa Rodriguez, published paper: "Get Going with your Career: A UTSA Membership Recruitment Campaign for the Public Relations Student Society of America"
  • Courtney Shay Syfert, presented published paper: "Valero Energy and Rising Gas Prices"
  • Amber Stanush, present published paper: "Valero Energy and Rising Gas Prices"
  • Sandra Tijerina, selected to present paper at conference but didn’t attend: "Be Unique, Go Greek: A Case Study for the UTSA Greek Community"

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