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LHCC 2015 Conference

Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex

The sixth annual Laurel Highlands Communications Conference will be held on April 9 and 10, 2015, in Indiana, Pa. Conference presentations will be scheduled both days.

Students and other attendees will need to fill out the Conference Registration Form.

More about our Keynote Speaker:

Jennifer Miele, Vice President of Marketing, Excela Health

Jen Miele speakingAfter nearly eight years as Westmoreland County Bureau Chief for WTAE Channel 4 Action News, Jennifer Miele joined Excela Health as vice president of Marketing and Communications. Her mission: to drive Excela’s visibility throughout western Pennsylvania, representing the health system in the community, in the media, on-air and online. In just four years, she and her team have amassed dozens of awards for their advertising work and realized tremendous success in Excela’s brand awareness.

Miele has more than a decade of experience in news reporting, beginning her career at WDBJ in Roanoke, Va. as a business reporter, then moving to WTAJ in Altoona as a business and general assignment reporter, finally joining WTAE in 2004.

Jen Miele portrait

She is an adjunct professor of Advertising and Promotion at St. Vincent College and a former columnist for the Tribune-Review. She serves as emcee for dozens of charity events each year and sits on several boards.

Miele is a 2000 graduate of the McKenna School of Business Economics and Government at St. Vincent College. She holds a master’s degree in Political Science from Virginia Tech. She says her favorite college odd job was working as a hand model for local magazines.

Miele lives in North Huntingdon Township with her husband, Dr.Jason Cinti, who practices chiropractic in Penn Township, and their two daughters—Francesca and Vivienne, who are just one year apart.

Poster Presentations:
Session Title: Submission By:
"Vin Scully: A League of His Own" Brandon Behe
"Futbol's Popularity: A comparison of 2104 World Cup Coverage in Brazil, Britain and the United States" Eloa Nacimento
"The Evolution of native American Sports Team Names" Erik Kormos
"Regional Newspaper Coverage of the 1977 Johnstown Flood" Karlee Kucera
"A Closer Look at that "Girl in a Country Song" Portyals of Women in Country Music" Maria Kline
"Cartoons and Culture: A Comparison of Animated Media in Japan and the United States" Mason Weir
"Revisiting the Mean World Syndrome: Do Today's Gamers Support George Gerbner's Hypothesis" Matt Crawford
Panel Presentations:
Session Title: Submission By:
"Dove's Emphasis on a Culture's "Real Beauty:" A Comparative and Critical Anlysis of US and Chinese Dominant Ideolgies Revealed Within Marketing Strategy" Analiese Pirainio
"Analysis of Media for Children Ages 0-6 Years Old" Bradley Dutchcot
"Female Media Portayals by Race, Body Image, and Sport Through Men's Eyes" Erik Kormos
"Graying the Lines: Jewish characterson Television Sitcoms" Thomas Brown
"Social Capital" Darlene Natale
Media Showcase:
Session Title: Submission By:
"Another Language, Another Life" David Mollica
"Colombia: The Only Danger is Not Wanting to Leave" Erik Kormos
"Growing Traditions: The Story of Yarnick's Farm" Thomas Brown
Session Title: Submission By:
"Cultural Intelligence in Nicaragua: A Transformational Experience" Ann Jabro
"Pirates and Showgirls : "Booty" Ethics in Modern Cinema" Brad Rohlf
"Does Local TV News Cover Local News?" Brittany Pavolik
"Comparing the International and U.S. Home Pages of Major American News Sites" Chad Sherman
"Humanoid Robots: Inspiring & Engaging Learners" Chris Carnahan
"Social Media Driven Propaganda – In the Crosshairs of the Black Flag" Darlene Natale
"Who Did You Come Here With?" Gender and Authenticity in Heavy Metal" David Mollica
"Cost Benefit Analysis of Social Networking and Invasion of Privacy" Erik Kormos
"Using the Leadership Training Simulation Software Vleader to Teach Leadership Skills o Students in Vitual Classrooms" Jennifer Forrest
"Producer Type and Information Retention in Audio PSA's for College Radio" Lacey Fulton
"Diagnostic Journalism and the Jerry Sandusky Case" Letrell Crittenden
"The Potential Correlation Between Accessed Digital Technology Devices on Subject's Patient Level" Luis Almeida
"Social Media in Saudi Arabia Spread and Impact" Majed Alharthi
"American Mass Society: Individualism and Consensus, or Mass Domination and Refeudalism?" Mark Beekman
"Normal or Norman: Rockwell's Influence on Mass Society" Sharon Storch
"Subverting the Culture Industry From Within: The Music of Rage Against the Machine" William Wandersee
"Women in Television and Film" Carley Adams
"A Rhetorical Exploration into College Governance" Adam Kmett
Excela Laura Sproull

Final program information coming soon!

  • Department of Communications Media
  • Stouffer Hall, Room 121
    1175 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705-1058
  • Phone: 724-357-2492
  • Fax: 724-357-5503
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.