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EIU Graduate Student Receives Top Student Paper Award

I just want to leave this right here…

Communication Studies News

Eastern Illinois University graduate student Audra Clodfelter received the Top Student Paper Award from the Public Relations Division of the Central States Communication Association.

Clodfelter’s award-winning paper “Responding to Boston: Improving Marathon Reputations and Stakeholder Relations through Pre-Crisis Communication” analyzes the strategic communication of the World Marathon Majors series after the attacks in Boston. Clodfelter presented her paper at CSCA’s annual meeting on April 16 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Clodfelter also presented original research in the Media Studies Interest Group. Her paper “Why Can’t Watson Be a Bear? Examining the Uses and Gratifications of Sherlock Fanfiction” used audience data to explore the gratifications sought and obtained from creating fanfiction.

Currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in EIU’s Department of Communication Studies, Clodfelter specializes in strategic and organizational communication. She developed her public relations research in the graduate class of Dr. Matthew Gill and media studies research with Dr. Scott Walus.

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My New Adventure

If you’ve paid any attention to my twitter feed lately, you’ve probably noticed tweets about panic attacks and graduate school. While I am nervous at the prospect of returning to academia, I am also positively excited. I am in the middle of my first week of classes and I am a bit overwhelmed, a little tired, but very happy. It’s wonderful being back in an atmosphere of learning, sharing ideas, and engaging in discussion about rhetoric, public relations, ideology, etc. Will this road have bumps? Yes. Will the long nights grow old? Definitely. I feel as though the excitement of being in a graduate program will carry me through the harder times. Or, that’s what I’m telling myself for now…


Currently Reading: Countdown City by Ben Winters; The Resurrectionist by E.B. Hudspeth; and Life After Life by Atkinson (audiobook) …and many, many, many journal articles…

“Books and Such” (aka Reading List Overhaul)

I have just returned from a wonderful vacation visiting two dear friends, Jessica and Joel.  They’ve recently made Austin, Texas their home and have been encouraging me to visit the city they have grown to love. I had the opportunity to take a week off from work and decided to go. I love spending time with Jessica and Joel. Not only are they great hosts (who make excellent coffee), but they also take me to neat places, introduce me to new books and movies, and did I mention the coffee?

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eReader Sale: The Last Policeman

A few months ago I reviewed Ben H. Winters’ novel, The Last Policeman from Quirk. The book has recently been nominated for an Edgar award and to celebrate, the good folks at Quirk are having a sale! For a limited time, you can buy the eReader version of this book for $2.99. Check out QuirkBooks for more information.

Part 2 (City Countdown) of the trilogy will be released in July, so this sale gives you the perfect opportunity to catch up on the life and work of Detective Henry Palace.

My Review of Cold Shoulder Peacock Print Top

Originally submitted at Maurices

This cool top has an almost bare, embellished strap shoulder. The dolman sleeve, ruched bottom look is feminine. A peacock print has sparkly silver foiling. Product of USA.

Gorgeous and comfortable!

By Audra.astarrynight from Olney, IL on 8/8/2011


5out of 5

Sizing: Feels true to size

Pros: Comfortable, Figure Flattering

Best Uses: Date Night/Night Out

Describe Yourself: Trendy/Stylish Dresser

Comfort vs Style: Style Driven

Was this a gift?: No

I love this top! I am in to the one-shoulder look and this is perfect. It’s a combination of figure-flattering, comfy, and stylish. I feel very classy when I go out in this shirt.


Home Sweet Home?

Hubz and I are officially moved in to our first home. We have been for a few weeks, but with the work we have been putting in to everything, there hasn’t been much time to update this blog (because let’s face it — I’m horrible at updating it when I’m not busy, a fact that I think annoys the FarmWife something fierce…).  Well, I’m here now and ready to tell you, dear reader, about my new home. Continue reading

Adventures in Home Ownership — The Introduction

Hubz and I are Property Virgins.  Our limited knowledge of buying a house comes from the New Home Owners line up on HGTV.  Sometime before Christmas, we decided we would start looking for a home to call our own.  Preferably one with more than one bedroom, one bathroom, and a washer/dryer combo that did not stack and only allowed us to wash 3 pairs of jeans at one time. Continue reading

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

It’s my favorite time of the year. The leaves are turning from their bright greens to their bold and rich gold, red, and orange hues. It’s beautiful. There is a chill in the air that makes the bedroom comforter a necessity, not just a decorative piece of bedding. It’s the time for fresh apple cider and apples so crisp and juicy that in just one bite, juice is running down your face.

Yes, it’s Fall, and clearly it’s my favorite season.

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