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UTSA students set record at conference

(April 2, 2004)--UTSA Department of Communication students set a record for the most student papers from a university accepted for presentation and publication at the 16th Annual International Academy of Business Disciplines (IABD) Conference held March 25-28 in San Antonio.

Twenty-six UTSA students had 21 research papers accepted for presentation, and 11 of the papers received publication in the blind-reviewed Business Research Yearbook, Volume XI, 2004.

As a result, UTSA received the High Caliber of Students' Research Productivity Award. Isabell Valdez brought home the Top Student Paper Award for her project, "Telling the Story of Texas Public Schools Today: The Critical Role of Public Relations." It was the second consecutive year a UTSA student won the highly competitive award.

"The record number of student presentations and papers published by UTSA students shows the exceptional quality of the university's communication program and the teaching staff’s commitment to excellent scholarship," said IABD Past President Richard Nelson of Louisiana State University.

UTSA Department of Communication faculty members Ali Kanso El-Ghori and H. Paul LeBlanc directed efforts to bring the conference to San Antonio and broadly encouraged student participation. The team headed the local organizing committee, presented individual research projects that also were published and chaired conference sessions with colleagues Elissa Foster and Kenton Wilkinson.

Sponsoring universities included UTSA, Louisiana State University and A&M College, Slippery Rock University, Radford University, Frostburg State University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. IABD members from nearly 20 countries participated in this year’s conference.

The IABD was established in 1987 as a worldwide, non-profit organization with the main goal of bridging the gap between academics and the professional community. The organization is committed to stimulating ideas across disciplines and exchanging research results from around the world.

For more information, contact Steven Levitt, chair of the UTSA Department of Communication, at 210-458-5900.

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