Eleven OBU students and three faculty attended the Central States Communication Association Conference in Omaha, Nebraska, April 3-6 to present their communication research projects.

The group of presenting students included nine communication studies majors, a political science major and a psychology pre-counseling major. The communication studies majors included senior Sarah Claibourn, senior Alena Blakley, senior Ben Cale, sophomore Carly Miller, junior Isabel Palos, junior Hannah West, senior Josh Pumphrey, senior Payton Clark and senior Preston Morris. Senior political science major Nathan Floyd and junior psychology pre-counseling major Gabi Burke rounded out the group of 11 students.

Faculty who presented their research included Dr. Vickie Ellis, professor of communication arts and chair of the Division of Communication Arts; Dr. Kaylene Barbe, professor of communication studies; and Ann McNellis, adjunct professor.

Students researched various topics in communication classes during fall 2018 and submitted their finished research in January 2019. All 11 students who submitted were accepted into the conference for panel or poster presentations.

The mission of Central States Communication Association (CSCA) is to unite and educate people with both an affinity to the central region of the United States and a scholarly interest in all areas of communication for promotion of their mutual goals and advancement of their field. Each year, around 1,000 communication professionals gather at this conference to celebrate the best in communication research, teaching, learning and advocacy.

For more information about the Division of Communication Arts OBU, visit www.okbu.edu/fine-arts/communication.

With its campus located in Shawnee, OBU offers 10 bachelor’s degrees with 88 fields of study and five master’s degree programs. The Christian liberal arts university has an overall enrollment of 2.011, with students from 37 states and 40 other countries. OBU has been rated as one of the top 10 regional colleges in the West by U.S. News and World Report for 27 consecutive years and has been Oklahoma’s highest rated regional college in the U.S. News rankings for 25 consecutive years. OBU is one of three universities in Oklahoma and the only private Oklahoma university listed on Great Value College’s rankings of 50 Great Affordable Colleges in the Midwest. Forbes.com consistently ranks OBU as a top university in Oklahoma and the Princeton Review has named OBU one of the best colleges and universities in the western United States for 14 consecutive years.