CSSC Award Ceremony Recap

UA Little Rock had its second annual College of Social Sciences and Communication Research and Creative Works Showcase Feb. 26-27.

The showcase took place in the Donaghey Student Center in Ledbetter Hall, and served to feature research and creative works of students, faculty, and staff across every field of study in UA Little Rock. Presenters showcased their works before peers and three judges at various panels beginning as early as 10:15 a.m. Monday.

“This showcase is a way for us to enact our mission, I’m such a mission driven person,” CSSC Interim Dean Dr. Julien Mirivel said. “This college’s mission is to apply theory and research to drive social change, and to inspire human expression, reflection, and interconnection.”

The CSSC Awards Ceremony for presenters took place on the second day of the event. To determine the award recipients, the judges based the presentations off of content, creative work, and delivery, according to Applied Communication Department Chair Dr. April Chatham-Carpenter.

Leonardo Moya, rhetoric and writing major, won the Community Engagement Award for his presentation “Homeless in Little Rock.” The award is given out by the CSSC Interim dean and highlights the presentation that is most ingrained and applied to the community, “to try to show how we as a college translate research into practice.” The Faculty Mentor Award was given to Dr. Kristen McIntyre, director of the Communication Skill Center and associate professor in the Department of Applied Communication.

Below are the CSSC Showcase award categories, winners, their projects, and the departments they study under.

Undergraduate Creative Works Award

Dallas Smith

The Bombastic Scholastic (film)

School of Mass Communication


Undergraduate Research Presentation Award

Brian Gregory

Growing Grace

School of Public Affairs


Graduate Creative Works Award

Kristena Merritt

Powerfemme Conversations

Rhetoric and Writing


Graduate Research Presentaion Award

Mary Hughes

Is My Health Why I’m Scared? Examining the Effects of Perceived Health Conditions in Fear of Crime.

Criminal Justice


Poster Award

Tabrina Bratton

Predicting Regional Hate Crime Rates: The Relationship between Fundamentalism and Attitudes toward Sexual Orientation.

Criminal Justice

Members of the CSSC Showcase task force were awarded UA Little Rock wine glasses for their efforts. The task force included Dr. Iveta Imre, the head of the task force, Dr. Tusty ten Bensel, Dr. April Chatham-Carpenter, Dr. Robert Lytle, and Dr. Londie Martin.

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