Communication Students Present at 2021 SSCA Conference

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 16, 2021) – Three graduate students—Katie Stodola, Allison Gibbs and Samantha Pfieffer—in the communication studies program at Bob Jones University presented academic papers on virtual panels at the 91st annual Southern States Communication Association (SSCA) Convention held April 5-9.

Prior to the convention, students from across the Southeast submitted papers for consideration in the SSCA’s competitive, blind review process. Katie Stodola of Greenville, S.C., (“Control the War: An Overview and Application of Framing” and “Survival Through Commitment: A Deeper Look at the Importance and Processes of Trust and Commitment in Non-Profit Organization”); Samantha Pfeiffer of Romulus, Mich., (“Sustainability as a Lifestyle: An Examination of Individual Experiences” and “The Public’s Reaction to Kobe Bryant’s Death as an Example of Parasocial Mourning”); and Allison Gibbs of Las Vegas, Nev., (“Image Repair Theory: Response to Southwest Flight 1380”) were chosen to present their research in panel discussions.

In addition to being selected to present their work, Pfeiffer and Stodola both presented on Top Paper panels with Samantha Pfeiffer going on to win the award of “Top Paper” in the category of Mass Communication for her work.

“This conference is an opportunity to take academic work to the next level. Presenting at a conference allows a student to experience what it is like to be a scholar among scholars,” said Dr. Charlotte Burke, BJU communication faculty. “When our graduate student work is anonymously reviewed and compared with the work of other graduate students, then selected for presentation as a top paper, that is confirmation of the quality of our BJU graduate education in communication.”

Southern States is a regional association of communication scholars. The Southern States Communication Association’s purpose is to promote the study, criticism, research, teaching, and application of the artistic, humanistic, and scientific principles of communication.