More than 200 college students and faculty members from Northwest institutions gathered for the conference, which focused on communication theory, instructional communication, media and culture, organizational communication, rhetorical theory and criticism.
Senior Tracy Forrester of Astoria earned an honorable mention for top undergraduate paper with her "Identification Through Sandwiches: Analyzing Subway's Sandwich Campaign Using Burke's Approach to Language Use." Sophomore Jina Oravetz of Carlton also had a paper accepted, "Partnership for a Drug-Free America: Anti-Ecstasy Campaign."
Forrester, along with seniors Oliver Ogden of Hillsboro and Chris Riddell of Gresham, performed prose pieces originally presented in a performing literature course at Linfield, focusing on examining other cultures through performance. They also led a discussion with the audience following the performances.
Linfield professors Jackson Miller, director of forensics and assistant professor of communication arts, and Brenda DeVore Marshall, professor of theatre and communication arts, served as respondents for the paper panels at the conference.
The event is an opportunity for students to polish public speaking skills and bolster ties with student and faculty colleagues in the field.
"This conference presents a wonderful opportunity for our students to participate in the professional activities of the discipline," Marshall said. "It is great fun to watch the excitement created through their engagement in scholarly discourse with students and faculty from a wide spectrum of colleges and universities in the region."