Blue Hen Hits the Big Screen

As little kids watching television and movies, everyone dreams of one day being on the other side of the screen and being famous.  For most, the dream dies as they get older and realize how hard it is to break into show business.  This was not the case for Communication Alum Colleen Broomwll, who appeared in the movie The Winning Season.

Broomwall graduated from UD in 2005.  After graduating, she moved to California and worked as an entertainment journalist for Tiger Beat Magazine.  She has interview everyone from Lindsey Lohan to Justin Bieber, including Emma Roberts who was also in The Winning Season.

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The UD Center for Political Communication Brings in Former Clinton Political Advisor

Patti Solis Doyle grew up in a poor neighborhood on the Southside of Chicago with parents who had very little education.  Today, Solis Doyle is one of the top players in the political game, having worked on four presidential campaigns, two senate races, hundreds of state campaigns and was one of Hillary Clinton’s closest advisors.  She came to the University of Delaware to speak to the community about the political game.

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UD Communication Professors Discover Online Dating Benefits Widows

After the death of a spouse, it is difficult to find a way to move on while still remembering and continuing to understand the past.  Two UD Communications professors recently found online dating sites may help widows during their grieving process.

Associate Professor Scott Caplan and Assistant Professor Dannagal Young recently completed a study published in the Death Studies’s August issue.  The two gathered online dating profiles from 500 divorced and widowed males and females between the ages of 18 and 40 for the study.  They looked for signs of healthy ways to deal with loss in the online dating profiles, like describing the story behind the loss and “cognitive reappraisal,”or an attempt to make sense of the past. Continue reading

Professor Quoted in National Political Satire Article

Who does not love to watch The Daily Show and have a good laugh?  Well imagine what it would be like to make a career out of watching the show.  For UD Communication Assistant Professor, Dannagal Young, it is a career and the political media quote her as an expert in political humor.

The American Prospect, a liberal political magazine, published an article in the August issue about the changing nature of political satire, quoting a professor from the department.  Young, who has researched and written about political humor, was quoted by the magazine in the article “The Joke’s on Us?”.  The article describes young as an “expert in the psychology and effects of political humor.”

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UD Communication Grows

The UD Communication faculty truly is a family and the family has a new addition to announce.  Bringing experience in organizational and political communication, intercultural communication, social movement descent and business communication, Dr. Tracey Quigley Holden joins the UD communication department as an assistant professor.

Holden received her Bachelors of Art from Texas A &M University and a Masters of Art from San Diego State University.  She then gained her PhD in rhetoric and public address from Pennsylvania State University, with her dissertation on Vietnam-era military dissent. Her teaching experience includes teaching intercultural communication to Marine Corps and Navy officers, social movement dissent in San Diego, and summer programs in politics and debate at Stanford and Princeton.

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