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Qingwen Dong
Department Chair
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211


Qingwen Dong, Communication, was selected as one of twenty-four faculty leaders by the National Communication Association (NCA) of 8000 members to work on a two-year "Tuning Project" on developing Communication Learning Outcomes. The goals of the project is to productively support curriculum planning and improvement within the Communication discipline, and help position Communication centrally in institutions' general education curriculum development efforts.

Qingwen Dong, Communication, gave a talk on "Mentoring International Students in Doing Undergraduate Research" at the 28th National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Lexington, KY April 3-5.

Paul Turpin, Communication, was an invited discussant at the graduate student conference "Equality Equals..." at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Teresa Bergman, Communications, won the Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Book Award from the Urban Communication Foundation for her book "Exhibiting Patriotism: Creating and Contesting Interpretations of American Historic Sites." She will receive the award at the National Communication Association Conference in Washington, D.C., on November 22. The nonprofit Urban Communication Foundation was founded in 2005 to promote and support research in urban communication, sponsor special seminars and special events, encourage young scholars and reward outstanding contributions and perspectives.

Pacific Speech and Debate Takes First Place at Golden Gate Tournament
At the second tournament of its season and the regional season opener, Pacific Speech and Debate nabbed first in Lincoln-Douglas Debate (Ben Jamison '14)  and first in Impromptu Speaking (Nick Brummel '15) on the way to a first overall finish at the Golden Gate Invitational, hosted by San Francisco State University.The Twenty-three schools from across the Western United States participated, including Pepperdine, UC Berkeley, Santa Clara and St. Mary's. Tazeen Hussain '17 also earned a first place award in novice impromptu at her first ever tournament.

Paul Turpin, Communication, organized and participated in a roundtable, "Connection as Relationship: How Is Recognition an Ethical Imperative?" at the Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association, Washington, D.C. in November. 

Pacific Speech and Debate are Tournament Champions at the Keeling Invitational
Pacific Speech and Debate competed in the Keeling Invitational Tournament hosted by Chabot College in Hayward, Calif., Feb. 21-22, with more than 13 schools participating from all over the region. Pacific completely dominated Parliamentary Debate securing the top four seeds-1st, Jonathan Bruce '15 and Kate Schmits-Earley '15; 2nd, Even Haynes '15 and Reed Ramsey '16; 3rd, J.R. Birlew '14 and Ben Jamison '16; 4th, Daniel Enas '15 and Nick Brummel '15. Pacific went on to close out the tournament in semifinals with Bruce and Schmits-Earley winning the tournament without dropping a single ballot. 

Mustafa Barak '14 and Qingwen Dong, Communication, presented a paper on "The Impact of Social Media Use on Afghan Youth Self-esteem and Social Activism" at the Annual National Communication Association Conference in Washington, D.C.

Teresa Bergman, Communication, gave the invited guest lecture "Sex and Gender in the Lincoln Memorial" at California State University, San Bernardino.

Qingwen Dong, Communication, along with Yun Wu' 12, Xiaoting Gu' 13 and Dale Dong'16 had their book chapter on "Cultural Values, Gender and Chinese Young Adults in Using Social Media," published in Social Media in Asia (Dignity Press, 2014), L. Cui and M. Prosser eds.

Pacific Speech & Debate Takes Third at Talk Hawk Invitational
Two Pacific Students took first in Individual competition and Pacific Speech and Debate took third place in the School Sweepstakes at the Talk Hawk Invitational on Feb. 1 at Las Positas College in Livermore, Calif. The tournament featured 14 schools from all over the region, including UC Berkeley, San Francisco State, CSU Chico and many others. Nick Brummel '15 took 1st place in open division Impromptu Speaking and 3rd place in open Division persuasive Speaking. This marked Brummel's third tournament win of the semester in Open Impromptu speaking. Tazeen Hussain '15 took 1st place in novice division Impromptu Speaking and 3rd place in novice division Extemporaneous Speaking. Tyler Reardon took 2nd Place in open division Programmed Oral Interpretation and 3rd place in open division Prose Interpretation.