I am always impressed with the quality of the
cutting-edge kinds of things you submit to us for the
annual convention and also to our award-winning
Iowa Journal of Communication. Kudos to
Kimberly Powell and the Editorial Board! The Iowa
Journal of Communication received the 2006 CSCA States
Advisory Outstanding Journal award. Documentation must
be sent by February 1, 2008, for the 2007 journal
ICA’s 2007 submissions to the Central States Advisory
Showcase programs were all accepted and will be
scheduled for the CSCA convention in Madison, Wisconsin,
April 9-12, 2008. The programs nominated for
presentation at CSCA were: Community College the A word:
Assessment and Accreditation; Encouraging Social
Activism Among Students; Out of the Classroom and into
the Community; and, the Jon Hall GIFTS program. The
Social Activism panelists will not be able to attend the
convention; hopefully, the scheduling will allow the
others to attend and present. It is good that ICA
continues to have a positive presence in both the
regional and national organizations. ICA is comprised
of dedicated professionals who volunteer their time,
energy, and expertise to promote all aspects of
communication and theatre in Iowa. Thanks to all who
have so generously shared with us.
This newsletter will go up on the website and will also
be sent through U.S. Postal Service. Your officers have
talked about having the newsletter only placed on the
ICA website unless members specifically request a print
copy. This would be more efficient and more
cost-effective. What do you think? Do you have a
preference? Send me your thoughts on the newsletter:
In addition, we welcome your thoughts on all topics.
Please send me
your news items and your suggestions for making ICA as
useful to you as possible.
Happy end of the semester/year, and Happy Holidays to
-- Melissa Beall, ICA President
Featured below are photos from the September
Mary Gill and Top Undergraduate Paper Award
Amy Ziegler, Buena Vista University
Melissa Beall presenting ICA Citation Award to
Larry Brandstetter, Red Oak
Marilyn Shaw presenting
Outstanding Adjunct Teacher Award to Lori Johnson
Back Row: Lori
Johnson, Susan Cusmano, Karen Sindelar
Sitting: Michael Hubbard, Emily Ball (New Teacher Award winner),
Kazuo (Tatchan) Akasaka, and Alan Lerstrom
Guest speaker, Kazuo (Tatchan) Akasaka, with Michael Hubbard and
"A Tribute to Stan Wood" By Steve Palmquist
1976-77 Academic Year – The End of an Era
The first production of the fall of 1976 was “The
Madwoman of Chaillot” by Jean Giradeaux. Stan Wood was
the director; and although I had barely met him, he was
legend at UNI. I was new to the UNI Campus, a
thirty-year-old graduate student in Speech/Theatre. I
auditioned for the cast but did not find my name on the
callback list. I soon received a phone call from
Professor Wood asking me to consider being his Stage
Manager/Assistant Director. My first choice would have
been the role of “the Rag picker,” but of course Shane
Sellers made a masterful portrayal. And while I had
already directed a dozen productions at the high school
level, I had much to learn about calling the cues for a
main stage college production with major scene shifts.
I accepted Stan’s wisdom as how to use my experience
base to make his production stronger.
A few days after posting the cast, Stan took Don Conrad
and me to lunch in the Oak Room to plan our advertising
strategy. Don was the Theatre Office Manager and in
charge of the Box Office for the shows. My assistantship
put me in charge of Publicity and Public Relations for
Theatre UNI. It was an elegant luncheon: soup, salad,
and sandwich, served to us by a waiter. The tablecloth
was linen with matching napkins. Our fellow diners were
mostly faculty and (of course) Stan picked up the tab.
Only a few short days later when I came to the office,
D. Terry Williams was strangely silent and Don Conrad
had tears in his eyes. Stan had died in his sleep the
previous night. There was shock and disbelief. How
could he be with us one day and gone the next? The
attendance at his funeral was huge.
D. Terry Williams remarked during this time that he had
encouraged Stan to teach a theatre department course
based upon Stan’s production history, but Stan had not
wanted to dwell on the past, but preferred to push on to
Richard Edwards, a professional actor and director of
the American Conservatory Theatre (and a former student
of Stan’s) was brought in to teach his classes and bring
“Madwoman” to fruition. I handled the rehearsals until
his arrival and they were challenging. Many of the
actors were so upset that they wanted to abandon or at
least postpone the show. Even though I was a newcomer,
I knew that Stan would have wanted the show to go on,
and I was able to convince them of this truth. Dick
Edwards inspired the cast and crew and brought about an
impassioned production. When the show opened, there was
a terrific turn-out of Stan’s former students and
Richard’s professional colleagues. The entire company
of the Old Creamery attended one of the performances in
the Old Auditorium in Lang Hall. It was a way to
celebrate Stan’s life.
Ironically, Stan had spent the previous two years
traveling across the country, inspecting new theatre
facilities and incorporating their best features into
the blueprints for the Strayer-Wood Theatre. The ground
had been broken, but Stan’s brainchild and namesake
legacy was seen only with his mind’s eye. It was built
the year after he died. Now, thirty years down the
road, we are preparing to celebrate with an Alumni
Reunion and production (Arthur Miller’s Death of a
Salesman), April 11 and 12, 2008. Learn more at
or by calling 319-273-6833.
ASSOCIATION NEWS -
ACCOMPLISHMENTS BY MEMBERS
Paul Siddens, ICA Past President and Associate Professor
of Communication Studies at UNI, was cited in the 2008
edition of Marquis Who's Who in American Education.
Alan Lerstrom was appointed by the NCA Committee on
Committees to the Professional Service Award Committee.
This committee selects recipients for the Kibler and
Becker awards that recognize a life time of service to
the discipline and NCA.
Vogel, ICA Executive Committee member, was named the Des
Moines Area Community College Distinguished Service
Award recipient in recognition of outstanding service to
DMACC beyond job responsibilities. As a member of the
DMACC Diversity Commission, Professor Vogel authored the
original draft of the Diversity Commission’s Charter,
chaired the Diversity Commission’s Curriculum Committee
which developed a diversity requirement for all students
earning an A.A. or A. S. degree, and created the
Diversity Commission’s Tapestry Award, which recognized
those who demonstrated a valuing of diversity through
their character and contributions to the college and
community. Professor Vogel teaches speech
communication at DMACC. The award was presented by
Ellen Gaucher, Vice President of the DMACC Foundation,
which established the award, and by Rob Denson,
President of DMACC. Judy is currently serving her
second term on the ICA Executive Committee.
Also, Yvonne Fielder has been hired by DMACC as a
full-time speech professor at the West Campus.
Mary Bozik, University of Northern Iowa, and Molly
Holkesvik, UNI MA alum and Decorah High School, were
invited to serve on a panel at the Conference on English
Leadership meeting in New York, on November 19. The College
Board panel shared the "Standards for College Success",
and Mary and Molly examined ways the standards influence
classroom teaching and teacher education.
CALL FOR PAPERS FOR THE Iowa Communication Association Top
Student Paper Award
Undergraduate and Graduate students are invited to
submit papers for presentation at the 2008 Iowa
Communication Association Conference to be held
All submitted papers that are accepted for presentation
at the conference will be organized into thematic and/or
top paper panels. The top three papers will be
recognized on a top student paper panel, with the best
undergraduate or graduate student paper receiving:
Publication of the paper in the 2008 issue of the
Iowa Communication Journal
Recognition at the conference banquet on Friday
A one year membership to the Iowa Communication
Association (includes journal subscription)
2008 ICA conference dues paid
Papers should be no longer than 25 pages in length,
typed, double-spaced, and may be on any communication
topic. Papers are accepted on a rolling basis until
June 1, 2008. Papers should be submitted electronically
Professor/Editor of the Iowa Journal of
GENERAL ISSUE CALL
The Iowa Journal of Communication is a
blind-review annual devoted to scholarship in all areas
of communication studies that address the scholarly and
instructional needs of K-12, community college, and
four-year college, and university communication studies
An award-winning state journal, the IJC publishes
the highest quality of manuscripts on a variety of
communication topics. Manuscripts may be philosophical,
theoretical, critical, applied, pedagogical, or
empirical in nature. Submissions from all geographic
areas are encouraged. Submissions are welcomed year
The IJC follows a policy of blind review so no
author identification should appear in the body of the
manuscript. Manuscripts should not exceed 25 pages, or
approximately 7,500 words and should include a title
page that includes author(s) name, academic position,
institutional affiliation, a brief bio, mailing address,
phone number, and email address. An abstract of not more
than 100 words should accompany the manuscript. All
submissions must conform to the latest edition of the
APA. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically.
Queries and manuscript submissions for the 2008 journal
should be addressed to the editor:
Kimberly Powell -
The Iowa Journal of Communication announces a
special 2008 issue on autoethnography. Manuscripts
should be received no later than March 1, 2008.
At the end of Writing the New Ethnography,
Goodall (2000) calls on ethnographers to fully engage “a
dialogic ethic and a transformational
vision” aimed at “evolving to a higher state of
scholarly consciousness” (p. 198). In The
Ethnographic I Carolyn Ellis (2004) defines
autoethnography as “research, writing, story, and method
that connect the autobiographical and personal to the
cultural, social, and political” (p. xix). One of the
ways the vision of these ethnographic pioneers has begun
to show up is through a dramatic surge in
autoethnographic writing over the last ten years or so.
Book series, journals, conferences, and other venues
have been invaded by writing that features the
reflexive researching human who engages the dual
capacity to look both inward and outward for
inspiration, insight, and evocation of what it means to
be a human, and who engages direct, meaningful
dialogue between the personal and the cultural.
Good autoethnographic writing engages the “ethnographic
I” and works its transformational magic upon the
researcher, the subjects of the research, and the
readers who engage the work. This special issue will
feature the best of current autoethnographic
writing--writing that pushes the boundaries of
scholarship, that seeks to engage the reader in a
transformational journey, that shows a reflexive
“ethnographic I”, that develops the theme of a dialogic
ethic, and that evokes the
emotional-mental-physical-spiritual experience of human
communicative life in various contexts.
We welcome submissions from researchers in a variety of
areas, and from any perspective. Submissions from
undergraduate and graduate students are invited for a
special section of the journal. We are particularly
interested in new and experimental forms of evocative
autoethnographic writing. Any manuscript not accepted
for the special issue will be considered for the general
issue of the journal. The IJC follows a policy of blind
review, so no author identification should appear in the
body of the manuscript. Manuscripts should not exceed 25
pages and should include a title page that lists the
author(s) name, academic position, institutional
affiliation, full address, telephone number, and email
information. A brief author bio should also be included.
An abstract of not more than 100 words should accompany
the paper. All submissions must conform to the most
current edition of the APA Publication Manual. Queries
and manuscript submissions should be sent electronically
to: Christopher N. Poulos, Guest Editor, Iowa Journal
The Carl Couch Center for Social
and Internet Research Awards ProgramThe Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet
operates an ambitious awards program as the primary
means of fulfilling its mission to promote
interactionist scholarship. Seven unique awards programs
honor some of the most important scholars in their
fields, focus on various aspects of the interactionist
tradition, and recognize scholarship in forms from
student papers to published works.
The Carl J. Couch Internet Research Award recognizes
student-authored papers that apply symbolic
interactionist approaches to Internet studies.
Participation is open to students at all levels and in
all disciplines. If you have upper-level students
completing excellent senior projects or other major
papers, please encourage them to submit their finished
product for consideration! For details, visit
Core Curriculum…..Where do the arts fit?
The term “core curriculum” is hitting all of the mail
boxes and faculty meetings in every school in Iowa and
causing many teachers of the arts to wonder, no worry
- where their curriculum fits into this picture. Light
needs to be shed on this issue. On the Iowa Department of Education web site is a
document titled, Characteristics of a World-Class
They include the following
□ Promotes working as a team
Reflects the most recently developed knowledge and
Is relevant and engaging to students
Promotes in-depth study of content
Is accessible to all students
Develops global perspectives
Improves student achievement
Is aligned with assessments that inform instruction and
monitor student performance
Offers authentic learning experiences to students
Infuses core skills across the curriculum
Incorporates current technology to enhance learning
Changes to reflect the constantly changing world in
which we live
Go back over each of these characteristics and put a
check mark by each of those your speech or theatre
curriculum addresses. Then share with your
administration, colleagues and board of education. Give
examples where the curriculum specifically addresses
each of these characteristics. This would be a great
piece to put together for a program or student handout.
Speech Class Tips from Susan Cantine-Maxson, Executive
Try this ice-breaking activity on the first day of
class: "It's a Small World Scavenger Hunt." On the first
day of class, give each student a list of questions. They are to walk around the room and talk to the others
in the classroom to find out the answers to these
questions. After the students have had enough to time to
find out the answers, do a whole class activity in which
students share some of their more interesting findings
about others in the class. This is a good ice-breaker.
I actually started this because I've found that
practically everywhere I go, I run into someone who
shares a link with me (Kind of like the six degrees of
separation concept). When I was in summer school at UNI
as an undergraduate, a young man came up to me after
class and said he knew that he knew me from somewhere.
I know, it sounds like a line, but we started talking
and it turned out that when I lived in Mason City in
first and second grade, he went to the same elementary school! My
most recent experience was bumping into someone from
Decorah in the middle of Alaska. I've had many
experiences like this and the students seem to enjoy
finding out about each other. I've done this at both
the high school and college level on the first day. I
think it could also be adapted to an activity about
"small talk" and "making conversation."
You could make up any questions but possible examples
include the following:
I did an activity for the student's introductory speech,
and they seemed to really like it and enjoyed guessing
who everyone was! Although they didn't tell us
direct information about themselves, you could still
tell a lot about them based on who they chose and what
qualities they chose to tell us about that person. It
was a great way for them to get comfortable in front of
the class, and they had some interesting get-ups and
Getting to Know Your Classmates
Write the names and pertinent information to answer each
of the following questions. You may not use the same
person for more than two answers, so keep moving. Write
down the answers so that you can share after the
It's a Small World Scavenger Hunt
1.Find one person whose birthday is within 30 days of
your birthday. Give name and birthday.
2. Find one person who has a relative who shares a first
or middle name with a relative of yours. Give person's
name & relative & relationship.
3. Find one person who has the same color, model or make
of car as you do. List person and corresponding
4. Find one person who has visited the same place as you
have for a vacation. List the person and place.
5. Find one person who has the same favorite food as you
do. List name and food.
6. Find two people who have attended the same
extracurricular event (as a spectator) as you have in
the last year. (Could be as a tv spectator as well.) List
names and event.
7. Find two people who share a favorite (other than
food) with you: such as favorite author, singing group,
color, teacher, movie, t.v. show, etc.). These can be
different favorites for different people.
8. Find one person who shares a common link with your
past. (You were in the same kindergarten class; you go
to the same church; you both attended the Olympics,
9. Find one person who has given a speech in front of a
group before. Describe who, when & where.
10. Find one person who has a job which involves
persuading someone to buy something. Describe who and what
11. Find one person who has demonstrated to someone else
how to do something. Describe who and what.
12. Find one person who has given directions or received
directions to a place in the last six months. Who was it
and were the directions accurate?
13. Find one person who has heard a speech (either live
or on tv) during the last six months. Who was it, who
spoke and what was the topic? What did he/she think of it?
14. Find one person who disliked a movie that they saw.
Who was it and what was the movie and why did he/she dislike
15. Find one person who liked a movie that they saw. Who
was it and what was the movie and why did he/she like it?
Let the gift of gab get you through the holiday season
The holidays are fast approaching, and people frequently
find themselves gathered around a table with extended
family, as well as attending office Christmas parties
which leads to encounters with people they don’t know
well or don’t know at all.
November 19 - 25 was national Better Conversation Week,
and Paul J. Siddens III, UNI associate professor of
Communication Studies, has some advice below on how to
ease the stress that can come with carrying on
conversations, especially when you find yourself sitting
with someone new.
Avoid talking about gossip and/or family or office
secrets. If your conversation partner or partners
insist on these sorts of discussions, either find a way
to excuse yourself from the conversation, or try to
change the subject.
Avoid discussing politics and religion, unless you are
confident your conversation partner or partners can deal
with these subjects open mindedly and without becoming
defensive or adversarial.
Movies, music, books, television shows, sports, and
other popular culture or current events are always good
conversation starters and topics. As cliché as it
seems, even the weather can be a good icebreaker.
Try to establish common ground with your conversation
partners. Don’t be afraid to “try out” different topics
to see what you have in common to talk about.
Share the conversation equally amongst yourself and your
conversation partner or partners. Don’t be a
conversation hog. If you find someone else hogging the
conversation, either politely listen, find a way to
divert the conversation to allow others to participate,
or find a way to excuse yourself from the conversation.
If one or more persons in your conversation group do not
seem to be contributing, give them opportunities, but
some people are shy, and prefer to listen rather than
talk. Give them this opportunity as well. Don’t force
people into conversation.
ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA FOR
UNI Interpreters Theatre Season Schedule
All events take place in Lang 040 - Spring 2008
Dead White Males: A Year in the Trenches of Teaching
Written by William Missouri Downs
Directed by Emily Eisenman
February 28 and 29; March 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Free Admission (Produced by special arrangement
with Playscripts, Inc.) Janet, a rookie history
teacher, goes from idealist to burnout as she fights
insidious internal politics within the public school
system in her effort to truly affect her students in a
positive way. Janet is eventually called upon to testify
against her mentor, who has a nervous breakdown when
forced to teach creationism, and something even more
tragic occurs in this biting satire of the public school
We, the People: Stories from the Cedar Valley's Newest
Created by Students in Dr. Karen Mitchell's Performance
March 24 at 7:30 p.m.
This collection of performances documents the human
experience of immigration through the first-person
stories and artifacts of recent immigrants to the Cedar
Valley. Listen to these stories and reflect on the
lessons and experiences that shape our individual and
Half-Masted 3.2: ...as illustrated by Jessica Walstrom
Directed by Dr. Doug Shaw
March 27, 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Half-Masted 3.2 is back again with their spring show and
unscripted comedy mayhem is in your future! And it gets
better, gang, because they are giving boffo UNI
Interpreters Theatre graphic designer Jessica Walstrom
free rein! Jessica will design the stage, surprise
the troupe with special props, and even costume the
director! The Incas said that when two great forces of
nature meet, babies throughout the land smile happily.
So will you!
Triumphant Love: A Chamber Opera
Libretto by Paul Siddens, Ph.D.
Composed by Alan Schmitz, Ph.D.
April 17, 18, and 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Based on a short story by Ivan Turgenev, Triumphant Love
is the tale of a love triangle made even more
complicated by the magic and mysticism of the Far East.
This adaptation written and composed by UNI faculty
Siddens and Schmitz is being performed for the first
time and is co-produced by the UNI Interpreters Theatre
and School of Music.
a wonderful holiday filled with all
of the things you love!