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    Connections Newsletter
    Issue 2                                                                                                                                         Spring Semester 2012


    Notes from the Collaborative

    A Note from the Collaborative Director

    Collaborative Opportunities

    Research & Academic Travel Funding Opportunities

    Collaborative Research Showcase

    2011 Summer-Fall Collaborative Grants Awards

    Snapshot of Summer-Fall Collaborative Grants

    Student-Faculty Development Endowment Fund Award Recipients

    McNair Scholars Presentations

    Student Profiles

    United Nations New York Trip

    Sponsor: Dr. Gratzia Villarroel

    VanSchyndel & Hill-Soderlund


    Important Dates

    Mar. 19, 2012 Collaborative Summer-Fall Grant applications due

    Mar. 29-31, 2012 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)

    Apr. 20, 2012 Collaborative Continuation Grant applications due

    May 4, 2012 Student Academic Travel Grant and Attendee Grant applications due





    Snapshot of Summer-Fall Collaborative Grant

    Cross-Cultural Communication

    Researchers: Dr. Jim Neuliep & Morgan Johnson (Communication & Media Studies)

    morgan johnsonSt. Norbert College senior Morgan Johnson and Communication and Media Studies faculty member Jim Neuliep are in the process of a collaborative communication research project funded by the SNC Collaborative. Their cross-cultural comparative study focuses on various communication components—power-distance, enthocentrism, face, facework, and conflict style—that exist among Ecuadorians and Americans. Power-distance refers to the degree members of a society are aware and accept that power is distributed unequally. Enthocentrism is the tendency to place one’s own group or ethnicity in a position of centrality and worth, while creating negative attitudes and behaviors toward other groups. Face refers to a person’s public image. Facework describes the communicative strategies employed to manage one’s own face or to support or challenge another’s face during human interaction. Conflict style evaluates the types of communicative behaviors used to manage conflict. 

    After translating all English documents into Spanish, Johnson used the Collaborative funding to travel to Ecuador over long weekend to research at two different universities—Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial and Universidad San Francisco de Quito, with whom SNC has a study abroad partnership. She had direct contact with Ecuadorian students, faculty and administration as she personally administered the surveys in classroom settings—giving directions and answering questions in Spanish, her second language and major at SNC. Johnson stayed with Isa Viteri, a past SNC communication study abroad student. When research concluded Johnson was able to explore the Ecuadorian culture first-hand with Viteri as guide. Below are Johnson and Viteri at the Ecuador-Venezuela soccer game.

    In addition to the academic goal of this project—contribute to the discipline of Intercultural Communication—Johnson and Neuliep will write a paper which will be submitted to various communication journals. Plans to present the findings next year either at the National Communication Association conference in Orlando and/or the International Communication Association conference in Phoenix are in the works. 

    By: Morgan Johnson, '12 Communication & Media Studies





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