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Students Present Original Research

Five ONU students presented original research at the Undergraduate Honor Conference held April 17 and 18 in conjunction with the Central States Communication Association in Cincinnati.

The students presented their research on film, a result of ONU’s  Rhetoric of Film course taught by Dr. Jennifer Walton, associate professor of communication arts.

The students participated in a panel titled “Race, Sex, Family, and Fairy Tales: Multiple Perspectives on the Rhetoric of Film.”

ONU’s representatives and the titles of their papers are:

Elizabeth Betts, a junior in communications arts from Findlay, Ohio, “Step Brothers (2008): A Slap Stick Comedy or a Rhetorical Commentary on the Boomerang Generation in an Economic Meltdown?”

Janet Pacanowski, a senior in communication arts from Naperville, Ill.,  “Underlying Contrasts: A Rhetorical Analysis of Undertones, Symbolism and Unique disparities in the Film Gran Torino (2008).”

Kevin Dmytryka, a senior in communication arts from Toledo, Ohio, “Reel Fear: A Rhetorical Analysis of the Similarities of Fear on Film and Fear in Reality in E.T. (1982).”

Ashley Alexander, a senior in creative writing from Jones, Mich., “A Modern Day Fairy Tale: An Analysis of the Rhetorical Theory of Coraline (2009).”

Kelly Morman, a senior in political science from Monroeville, Ohio, “Sex, Tears, and Lipstick: Political Sexism in The Contender (2000) and the 2008 Presidential Campaign”

The Undergraduate Honors Research Conference was designed to allow undergraduate students to present their work, become familiar with an academic conference, learn about graduate school opportunities and network with peers and faculty in the discipline.

The presentations included individual undergraduate papers/projects, panels of undergraduate papers, imaginative/creative scholarship or applied projects resulting from a course and poster sessions.