Students and a professor from Schuylkill present at the national communication conference

Using conflict to reveal self-image

Courtney Weikel, a business communications major, is no stranger to national research conferences. This is her second NCA appearance, and she has previously presented at the Eastern Communication Association conference and the Ohio Communication Association (OCA) conference where she received the award for best first article. cycle and after which his article was published in the “Ohio Communication Journal.”

Weikel’s NCA article, which is the result of an independent study, represents a rhetorical analysis of the musical “Hamilton”. In “Talk Less, Smile More: Exploring Facework Through ‘Hamilton”s Lead Characters,” Weikel examines the musical through the framework of facework theory – the subject of his independent study. Facework connects the idea of ​​how the “face”, or self-image is communicated to others, especially in times of conflict. When one is faced with a threat or discomfort, a set of behaviors of communication is used to help maintain self-image.

In his article, Weikel explores the relationships of four main characters: Hamilton, Aaron Burr, Hamilton’s wife, Eliza, and Eliza’s sister, Angelica, through this analytical construct as they encounter and resolve conflicts. .

Weikel, Lion Ambassador and Treasurer of the Campus Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta – the National Honorary Communication Society, has decided that this will be her last communication conference and is not currently working on a new project. However, with this NCA conference appearance, she leaves undergraduate research on a high note.

“Courtney is one of my most accomplished research students,” said Schrader. “She has had three leading articles at the NCA and OCA in just two years. She has exceptional editing skills and excels at just about anything she thinks about; I know she will continue to do amazing things. “

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