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2014 Archived News

Communications Foundation Announces Executive Changes

The Canadian Communications Foundation (CCF) is pleased to announce the election of Dr. Evelyn Ellerman, PhD, as President of the Foundation, effective today, January 1st 2015.

Plar Scholarship Award

Have you completed a Prior Learning Assessment application and received a PLAR award? Do you have a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher? Are you within 30 credits of graduating from your BPA Communication Studies degree?

If the answer is "YES!" to all three questions, please consider applying for a $1000 AU PLAR Scholarship.

Deadline: Saturday, February 15, 2014

Go to this page: and scroll down to AU PLAR Scholarship.

Intercultural Communication: What is Your CIQ? The Corus Entertainment Distinguished Lecture 2014

Featuring: Dr. Shiv Ganesh, School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, Massey University, New Zealand

When: Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Event Description
Today’s workplace is composed of diverse cultures and contains, at times, perplexing cultural differences. What is your cultural awareness, cultural sensitivity and intercultural communication competence?

In this public lecture, Dr. Shiv Ganesh, professor of Communication at Massey University in New Zealand will speak about the principles and processes of communicating from one culture to another. After identifying the major challenges of intercultural interactions both in Edmonton and abroad, Dr. Ganesh will share strategies and techniques to communicate effectively with people of other cultures–a capability that is becoming increasingly critical in our globalized society.

As editor of the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, Dr. Ganesh brings a wealth of research in this topic. He will speak about the barriers to success in intercultural communication and offer tips on increasing your cultural intelligence (CIQ).

What is your cultural intelligence (CIQ) and why does it matter? What are the four facets of cultural intelligence and how do you score? This inspiring lecture will provide insight about your CIQ and that of others.

5:00 Networking reception
6:00 Corus Entertainment Distinguished Lecture
7:00 Post-event mixer

Location: Room 9-323, Robbins Health Learning Centre (109 Street and 104 Avenue) 

This is a FREE event hosted by MacEwan University with funding provided by Corus Entertainment. There is no need to RSVP. Got questions?

About the Speaker:
Dr. Ganesh’s research engages with substantive issues that arise from the intersection of communication processes with globalization, digital technologies, and civil society. His publications examine the intersection of two or more of these phenomena, including such topics as technological transformations in collective action, global aspects of the digital divide, dialogue and social change, volunteering and non-profit organizing, global neoliberalism and entrepreneurship, and global rhetoric about technology. 
His research and writing has also won numerous awards. Most recently, he won an Article of the Year Award from the National Communication Association in the USA, the world’s largest body of communication researchers, for outstanding contributions to Public Relations Theory, for his monograph in Communication Theory, co-authored with Heather Zoller and titled “Dialogue, activism and democratic social change.” In 2012 he was also the recipient of the prestigious Frederic Jablin Award for Outstanding Contributions to the field of Organizational Communication, awarded by the International Communication Association in May 2012. He has also received top paper awards in 2010 and 2011 from the International Communication Association as well as the National Communication Association for papers on global aspects of the digital divide as well as the rhetoric of climate change denial. In 2010, his book, co-authored with George Cheney, Lars Christensen and Ted Zorn, titled “Organizational Communication in an Age of Globalization” won the top textbook award from the Organizational Communication Division at the National Communication Association.

Using Mobile Devices to Support Individuals with Special Needs in Educational Environments

Special Thematic Session of the International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs Paris July 9-11, 2014 Call for proposals

Dr. Linda Chmiliar of Athabasca University invites you to submit a proposal to her for the above conference.

Your paper topic could include using mobile devices to:

  1. Learn and Practice
  2. Overcome Learning Difficulties
  3. Participate
  4. Create

Contributions to a STS have to be submitted to the conference using the standard submission procedures of ICCHP at ICCHP Conference Tool

When submitting your contribution please make sure to select the right category “STS/Session.

Contributions to a STS are evaluated by the Programme Commitee of ICCHP and by the chair(s) of the STS. Please get in contact with the STS chair for discussing your involvement and pre-evaluation of your contribution.
Submission Deadline: February 1, 2014

Send Your Creative Writing to AU’s Writer in Residence, Tim Bowling

Athabasca University is proud to work with highly acclaimed poet and novelist, Tim Bowling, who is serving as our 2013-2014 Writer in Residence until June 2014.

Tim has been nominated twice for the Governor General’s Award, Alberta Readers Choice Awards, and awards from the Writers Trust of Canada. Tim has received a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation as well as five Albert Book Awards and a Canadian Authors Association Award.

The author of eleven poetry collections, four novels and two books of creative non-fiction, Tim is taking the time afforded by the AU Writer in Residency to work on another collection of poetry. You can find out more about Tim and the Writer in Residence program from this university website.

Among Tim’s duties is reviewing short manuscripts submitted to him by AU’s students. Guidelines for submission can be found here.

If you would like some constructive criticism from Tim, please contact him directly at this email address:

Updated February 25 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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