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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2020

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Making a Murderer : Examining Portrayals of the Police and Judicial System in the True Crime Genre, Michael Appel
Department: Communication

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The Spiral of Silence: A Study of the Political Climate on the College of Wooster Campus, Blair Besancon
Department: Communication

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“One Identity at a Time”: A Content Analysis on Race, Gender, and Family Dynamics in the 2017 Series “One Day at a Time”, Bailey N. Bradshaw
Department: Communication

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The Kardashian Voice Effect: A Comprehensive Analysis of the Social Perceptions of the Glottal Fry Register, Emily Cano
Department: Communication

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"First the Pain, Then the Rising": Assessing Student Knowledge of Title IX Policies and Procedures at the College of Wooster, Kaci A. Carpenter
Department: Communication

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The Relation of Personality and Communication Traits on Responses Against Microaggressions, Gustavo Duran
Department: Communication

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Commercializing Lifestyles: An Analysis of Lifestyle Brand Identities and Consumer Engagement in Post-War Mass Media, Daniel Engel
Department: Communication; History

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An Investigation of the Counseling Strategies Used by Pediatric Audiologists from the Perspective of Parents of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Morgan Renee Faldowski
Department: Communication

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Cashing In On Kaepernick: A Visual Ideological Analysis of the Commodification of Racial Equity and Inclusion in Nike's "Equality" and "Just Do It" Advertising Campaigns, Ben Ferling
Department: Communication

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This Whole Period Thing is Cramping My Style: A Quantitative Study of Tampon Advertisements' Portrayal of the Female Identity, Catherine Fiorito
Department: Communication

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It's Ringing and I Can't Make it Stop! An Investigation of Audiologists' use of Tinnitus Counseling Techniques, Heather B. Foust
Department: Communication

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An Investigation of Parental Perceptions Regarding Cultural Support Provided by Audiologists for Bilingual Latino Families, Emily Gamez
Department: Communication

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Let’s Get Moving: The Social & Cognitive Benefits of Exercise on Adolescents With Level 1 (Mild) Autism Spectrum Disorder, Payton Gennett
Department: Communication

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Reigniting the Flame of Purpose: Exploring the Unique Open-Ended Interactive Narrative of Dark Souls, Nicholas Godsey
Department: Communication

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Banksy’s New York State of Mind: A Visual Critique of Banksy’s 2018 New York Art as Social Protest by Means of Culture Jam, Megan E. Gross
Department: Communication

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I Got Rhythm How 'Bout You?: An Investigation of the Impact of Rhythm on Word Retrieval, Christian Howard-Smith
Department: Communication; Neuroscience

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The Power of a Story: The Impact of Bibliotherapy on Children's Perceptions of Peers with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Nell L. Kacmarek
Department: Communication; Education

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Flipping Out: The Influence of the Flipped Classroom on the Student-Teacher Relationship, Connor Kalish
Department: Communication

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An Investigation of How Speech-Language Pathologists Address the Socioemotional Experience and Educate Peers with Typical Development about Communication Disorders in School-Aged Children, Taryn KD Kohlman
Department: Communication

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Indigenous Adoption Rhetoric: Neo-colonialist Practices In Adoption Advertisements In Canada And The US, Isaiah Bemidji Logan
Department: Communication

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Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: The Relationship between Peer Influence, Motivation, and Identity in Collegiate Student-Athletes, Grady Michael McHugh
Department: Communication

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Does This Grant Them Agency? An Analysis of the Female Athlete as Portrayed in ESPN's Body Issue, Aubri McKoy
Department: Communication

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Kiss Me Through the Phone: A Qualitative Study of Consumption and Identity Performance on Social Media Among College Students, Kacy Elizabeth Muthiora
Department: Communication

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Women Like Her Aren't Supposed to Run for Office: A Philosophical Unpacking of Resistance in the American Political Sphere and a Rhetorical Analysis of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Tweets, Grace O'Leary
Department: Communication; Philosophy

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We're All in This Together: The Relationship Between Friends and Ethnic Identity for Multi-Ethnic Individuals in Emerging Adulthood, Mia Palmejar-Takaki
Department: Communication; Psychology

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#Kancelkulture: An Analysis of Cancel Culture and Social Media Activism Through the Lens of Minority College Students, Korri E. Palmer
Department: Communication

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The Best Masculinity Can Be: Analyzing Tweets About an Ad That Has Shaped How We View Masculinity Through the Lens of Standpoint, Justin Robinson
Department: Communication

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You Think You Do, but You Don’t: An Investigation of Fandom and Nostalgic Media Through an Analysis of World of Warcraft Classic, David Andrew Schulz
Department: Communication

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An Investigation of How English Language Learner Teachers Are Addressing the Needs of Bilinguals Students Who Have Language Impairments, Katherine Schwab
Department: Communication

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Laughing Matters: Late-Night Political Comedy Television & Individual-Level Affective Polarization, Nicholas R. Shereikis
Department: Communication; Political Science

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Journey to the West: A Rhetorical Analysis of Asian Hip Hop Subculture, Devyn Smith
Department: Communication

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Don't Hate The Player, Hate The Game: A Rhetorical Analysis Of Media Messages About The Partnership Between Jay-Z And The NFL, Aaron Spidell
Department: Communication

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A Concussion But I Can't Hear You: An Investigation of the Familiarity With and Understanding of Audiologists and Athletic Trainers in Regard to Labyrinthine Concussions, Jake Stewart
Department: Communication

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"A World of Inclusion": A Rhetorical Analysis of the Special Olympics Website and Its Construction of Identity for People With Disabilities, Nicholas Strausbaugh
Department: Communication

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Understanding Behavioral and Emotional Responses to Frames Used by Animal Rights Organizations in the United States and France, Alysa Tarrant
Department: French and Francophone Studies; Communication

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Welcome to the Masquerade: Deception in the Preliminary Job Search Process, Rebecca D. Wells
Department: Communication

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Use Your Head: A Frame Analysis of Digital Media on Concussions in the National Football League Using the Health Belief Model and the Extended Parallel Process Model, Harrison Stow Witwer-Dukes
Department: Communication

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2019

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Projecting China’s National Identity: A Visual Rhetorical Analysis of the 2017 Nanjing Massacre Commemoration, Joe Altieri
Department: Communication

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Language of Disability, Language of Disorder: An Investigation of Lived Experiences and Perspectives of Individuals on the Autism Spectrum with Respect to Communicative Interventions, Rebekah Burkhart
Department: Communication

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Hard to Swallow: A Comparison of Speech-Language Pathologists' and Occupational Therapists' Perspectives on Dysphagia Management Practices in Elementary Schools, Arianna E. Collins
Department: Communication

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You Can Do It, You're Smart! Fixed and Growth Mindset Feedback Delivered by Teachers and Speech-language Pathologists in Early Childhood Contexts, Chelsea Copley
Department: Communication

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Recoloring the Past: An Analysis of How Damien Chazelle Blends Traditional Musical Elements With Contemporary Values and Techniques in his 2016 Film 'La La Land', Gabe Gerry
Department: Communication; Film Studies

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It Should be a No-Brainer: Higher Education Institutions' Accommodations for Students with Traumatic Brain Injury, Danielle Golden
Department: Communication

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iFelt it: The use of flannel boards and iPad technology for hands-on vocabulary learning in early childhood, Hayley C. Hardcastle
Department: Communication

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"Come for a Day or Come to Stay": An Intertextual Spatial Analysis of the Constitutive Rhetoric of the Twelve Tribes, Daniel Hazlitt
Department: Communication

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Covered Asians: An Examination of Asian-Americans on American Magazine Covers from 2012-2018, Nicholas T. Huang
Department: Communication

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Project Blue Line: A Study of Organizational Culture and Leadership Within U.S. City and College Police Departments, Tanner Kaplan
Department: Communication

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An Examination of Athlete Experiences with Coaching Aggression in Relation to Several Coach Factors, Athlete Factors, and the Coach-Athlete Relationship, Justin James Klupp
Department: Communication

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Perseveration or Perseverance: Investigating Interpretations of Echolalia, Self-Stimulatory Behaviors, and Intervention Approaches for Children Who Have Autism, Ashlynn Rae Kufleitner
Department: Communication

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Cued In: The Examination of Speech-Language-Pathologists' Familiarity, Perceptions of Effectiveness, Selection and Modification of Cueing Hierarchies When Targeting Single Words When Working With People With Aphasia, Zoe Kuhn
Department: Communication

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¿Oíste Eso? An Investigation of Speech Audiometry and Other Clinical Practices of Audiologists Working with Monolingual Spanish-Speaking Latinx Adults, Carlos Mejia
Department: Communication

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Manvertising: An Analysis and Rebranding of Axe's Advertisement Campaign, "The Axe Effect", Grant Merrill
Department: Communication

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Do You Hear What I Hear? An Investigation of Bilateral and Unilateral Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder and Audiologists' Recommendation for Hearing Technology Options, Marlee Pavlechko
Department: Communication

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Navigating Between The Past And The Future: Cultural Prudence And Identification In Barack Obama's May 2016 Address In Hanoi, Vietnam, Linh K. Pham
Department: Communication

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We, the Users of the Internet: Using Digital Game-Based Learning to Teach Digital Citizenship Skills to Middle School Students, Brian Pousak
Department: Communication

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Mommy Goes to Work: An Analysis of Serena Williams' Multi-Faceted Identity, Mary McKenzie Reese
Department: Communication

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Picture Pawfect: The Utilization of Websites by Small Animal Welfare Organizations, Grace Riely
Department: Communication

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Hear Me Out: Behavior Management Techniques and Their Impact on Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Sarah I. Shanes
Department: Communication

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Dre’s, J’s, and “The Nod”: An Examination of Race Across Generational Divides in ABC’s Black-ish, Conor Toshiro Shimabukuro
Department: Communication

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It’s complicated: An investigation of how developmental-behavioral pediatricians diagnose autism spectrum disorder in children who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing, Emily Elizabeth Shoureas
Department: Communication

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Help! I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up: An Investigation of the Knowledge and Training of Au.D. Graduate Students and Practicing Clinical Audiologists Regarding Superior Canal Dehiscence, Laurel E. Smith
Department: Communication

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Please, Use Some Mercy: How Choice-Based Video Games Influence Player Decisions, Mary Susan Stehulak
Department: Communication

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The African Female narrative explored through art: A transnational Generation of Women, Toshiko Tanaka
Department: Art and Art History; Communication

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Expectation Versus Reality: An Examination of the Training and Awareness Primary Care Physicians Have About Communication Differences and Sensory Sensitivities Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Present and Accommodations Provided During Office Appointments, Rachel H. Topper
Department: Communication

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Boy Bye! A Rhetorical Criticism of Angela Rye, Josie Veal
Department: Communication

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From Individualistic to Collectivistic: A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Attitudes Towards Individuals With Fluency Disorders, Shelby Renée Wilcox
Department: Communication

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2018

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Being a Young Patient: Influences of Identity and Verbal Communication on Patient Disclosure and Compliance, Lauren Abbott
Department: Communication

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The Game Outside The Lines: A Study On The Impact Of The Relationship Between Non-Profit Organizations And NBA Athletes On Public Perception, Alexandre Baptiste
Department: Communication

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Profs or Rents?: A Quantitative Study of Percieved Social Support in College Students, Jennifer Beckley
Department: Communication

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Big Book in a Small Pond: An Investigation of Preschool Teachers’ Use of Emergent Literacy Strategies When Reading Big and Typical-Sized Picture Books Aloud, Sara Beckstrom
Department: Communication

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How to Create Cohesion: An Examination of Communication Behaviors on Athletic Teams, Anna L. Blake
Department: Communication

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Fight or Flight: Bullying and the Differing Responses of Athletes and Non-Athletes, Trevor J. Bowden
Department: Communication

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#quitbullyingme: Teachers’ and Speech-Language Pathologists’ Perceptions of the Academic, Social, and Emotional Impact of Cyberbullying on Individuals Who Stutter, Claire Dunwoodie
Department: Communication

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An Analysis of Filmic Adaptations of The Brothers Grimm Tale “Schneewittchen” in Postwar Germany, Brigitte K. Galauner
Department: Communication; German Studies

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Brooklyn: A Toxic Tour. Using a Five-Part Environmental Inspection to Advocate for Environmental Justice, Jack Gilio
Department: Communication

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The First But Hopefully Not the Last: How The Last Of Us Redefines the Survival Horror Video Game Genre, Joseph T. Gonzales
Department: Communication

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A Look at the “Goodfellas”: A Rhetorical Analysis on the Vindicator and How They Depict the Youngstown Italian Mafia, Alec Hammond
Department: Communication

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Americanized Chinese Dishes as Heritage Food and Bridging Identities, Megu Itoh
Department: Chinese Studies; Communication

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Biased or Unbiased?: Perceptions of Information Provided by Professionals to Parents Regarding Communication Options for Their Child Who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Hannah G. Kiser
Department: Communication

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What's Behind the Mask? A Qualitative Study of How Male Makeup Vloggers Perform Alternative Identities, Nicole LaPerna
Department: Communication

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Manipulating Diversity: A Rhetorical Analysis of Annalise Keating’s Intersectional Portrayal of Race and Sexuality on the Primetime Television Show How to Get Away with Murder, Melany Le
Department: Communication

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“Do You Even Lift?”: An Ethnographic Study of the Relationship Between the Gym Culture at the College of Wooster and an Individual’s Construction of His Masculine Identity, Andrew Long
Department: Communication

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Turning the Sound Down on Hyperacusis: A Study of the Clinical Effectiveness of Desensitization Therapy, Sound Phobia Desensitization, Tinnitus Retraining Therapy, and Auditory Integration Therapy for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Stephanie Noeller
Department: Communication

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“When I Do a Stage Show I Wear Street Clothes, so They All Know Me” a Rhetorical Analysis of Tupac and Biggie’s Projection of Identity Through Fashion, Avery Parker
Department: Communication

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What Color is the Spotlight? A Framing Analysis of the News Coverage of Cory Batey and Brock Turner, Hanh Pham
Department: Communication

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Campaigning in the Double Bind: Gender in Hillary Clinton's 2016 Televised Political Advertisements, Emily Ribaudo
Department: Communication

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Taking a Stand by Taking A Knee: How NFL Players and a NFLPA Executive Used Twitter to Defend Kaepernick's Protest, Scot Stacho
Department: Communication

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The Millennial Crisis of Major League Baseball, James Usher
Department: Communication

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Tuned In: An Investigation of the Use of Group Amplification Systems for Students, Including Those on the Autism Spectrum, in First Grade Mainstream Classrooms, Emily Velichka
Department: Communication

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Follow My Lead: An Investigation of Speech-Language Pathologists' Perceptions Regarding the Utilization of Peer-Mediated Intervention to Increase Communicative Competence of Children Who Use Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Anna K. Woos
Department: Communication

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Faking Fancy: An Analysis of Racialized Perception of Cultural Appropriation by Iggy Azalea, Pharon R. Wright
Department: Communication

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Is Social Media the Key to College Success? A Study About the Influence of Social Media on International Students' Adaptation Processes, Michelle Zuniga Lopez
Department: Communication

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2017

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The Social Critic of Metal: A Rhetorical Analysis of Disturbed’s Lyrics on Social Issues, Johnston E. Allinder
Department: Communication

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"None of Us Got a PH.D in Life Coaching": A Qualitative Study of Interpersonal Communication Dynamics in a Modern Undergraduate Mentorship Setting, Jack Berthiaume
Department: Communication

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An Analysis of Female Entrepreneurs: A Focus on Persuasion Techniques and Leadership Tactics To Present Ones Virtual Self Successfully, Alexis Boyd
Department: Communication

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"(Org) I.D. Please?": A Rhetorical Analysis of Organizational Identities and Online Recruitment Strategies of Small Liberal Arts Colleges, Kaitlin P. Bradshaw
Department: Communication

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Let's Talk, An Investigation of Speech Generating Augmentative and Alternative Communication for Those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Lamin K. Cobb
Department: Communication

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An Examination of Family-Centered Care and Parent Training Provided by Speech-Language Pathologists in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to Improve the Discharge Transition, Lindsay S. Dalzell
Department: Communication

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The Perceptions of Accent in a Global Economy: The Effects of Accent Modification on Employment, Elizabeth de la Chapelle
Department: Communication

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"Mama Knows Best": Communicative Strategies Used by Pediatric Home Care Nurses to Negotiate Maternal Identity with the Mothers of Their Patients, Mary Gagliardi
Department: Communication