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TCNJ Communication Studies Students Win National Offices, National Paper Award

Students Triumph at Annual Conference of National Communication Association 

EWING, NJ ... Several TCNJ communication studies students won national recognition during the annual conference of the National Communication Association, the largest organization of communication scholars in the world, held November 16-19 in San Antonio, Texas. 

Seniors Tom Hipper (’07) from Little Silver, NJ, and Brittany Hammer (’07) from Newtown, PA, were elected 2006-2007 national president and vice president, respectively, of Lambda Pi Eta (LPE), the national communication student honor society with chapters in over 400 educational institutions. Eight of the last eleven national presidents and the last two vice presidents of Lambda Pi Eta have been students at The College of New Jersey, a record for any single college or university.

Another senior, Dana Eisenberg (’07) from Howell, NJ, earned the Stephen Smith award from LPE, the second year in a row bestowed on a TCNJ communication studies major, for best group-authored paper in the nation for 2006.  Co-authored with Amy Kester (’06), Lisa Caputo (’06) and Jocelyn Sierra (’06), the paper is titled “International Newspaper Coverage of NGO Efforts to Fight AIDS: A Community Structure Approach.” Using an unusual combination of content and correlation analysis, the study found that the higher the level of infant mortality in a country, the more likely a nation’s major newspaper is to report that Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) efforts to fight AIDS are making progress.

Susan Ryan, chair of the communication studies department, said, “We are immensely proud of the continuing national achievements of our students.” 

John Pollock, advisor to the communication studies department chapter of Lambda Pi Eta who accompanied the students to San Antonio, added: “This year’s national paper award and election to the presidency and vice presidency of LPE, as well as our students’ shining success in gaining admission to the most selective graduate schools in the nation, all illustrate the high level of scholarly social science engagement our students are capable of achieving.”