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Communication News

Date: Feb 2022

Dr. Harris Scholarship ShowcaseCommunication professor, Dr. Heather Harris, presented on the Plenary Panel of the annual Paul D. Lack Scholars' Showcase on Friday, February 24, in Rockland on the Owings Mills campus. Dr. Harris conceptualized and founded the Scholars' Showcase in 2014. Along with Dr. Deric Greene, who served as co-chair, the pair established a committee and organized the showcase for five years as it got off the ground. This year's committee organized an excellent showcase, and Dr. Harris discussed the importance of diving into research. “Trust and act when an idea comes to you,” Dr. Harris shared with the crowd, encouraging others to listen when an idea for research presents itself. "I write notes at night or in my car. I will delete it or use it for another time." When the idea came to Dr. Harris to write about the Obama effect, she decided that she would rather serve as an editor of the book, so that different perspectives could be featured and researched. "I wanted to share other people's perspectives other than mine," she said. Her tip when editing a book instead of writing it? "Make sure writers understand the theme and that everyone is on the same page," Dr. Harris said. Dr. Harris, Dr. Kimberly R. Moffitt, and Dr. Catherine R. Squires are the editors of "The Obama Effect: Multidisciplinary Renderings of the 2008 Campaign." Dr. Harris and Dr. Moffit are the editors of "Michelle Obama and the FLOTUS Effect: Platform, Presence, and Agency (Race, Representation, and American Political Institutions)." Congratulations, Dr. Harris! It was great to hear your perspective on research and publishing!


Ryan POWCongratulations go to communication student Ryan Patrick on his second conference weekly award of the season, which he received last week. With two posted goals and three assists in three crucial UCHC wins for the Mustangs, he scored the overtime game-winner against King's and added an assist against Lebanon Valley. Ryan celebrated senior night by posting a goal and two assists against Arcadia. The Department of Communication is so proud of Ryan's amazing accomplishments; he is currently tied for Stevenson's all-time career point mark with 84 and is a two-time UCHC Player of the Week in 2021-22. Congratulations, Ryan! (Information from

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