Time to push boundaries with TEDxOU 2015

We are happy to announce that we are sponsoring TEDxOU 2015 as a Spring Panel event!

OU’s own independently organized TEDxOU is happening next Friday, January 23 for its fourth year in the Oklahoma Memorial Union on the Norman Campus.

This year’s theme is OFF THE MAP. True to the larger TED mission of sharing ideas worth spreading, TEDxOU 2015: OFF THE MAP will challenge audience members to be thought pioneers and think boldly, creatively, innovatively.

You can still get involved in this year’s event:
1.     Ticket invitations are still going out! Get your application in by Monday, Jan. 19 to be considered for the final 2 rounds of invitations.
2.     Learn more about our Speakers. You won’t want to miss this year’s line-up!
3.     See the full day overview – it’s going to be a TEDxOU you won’t forget!

TEDxOU 2015 8.5x11 one pager B


NCA election for 2nd Vice President voting begins soon (Jan. 13th, 2015)

NCA election for 2nd Vice President voting begins soon (Jan. 13th, 2015)! Let’s support Dr. Kramer!! We appreciate if you can help spread the word to others. Approximately 35% of NCA members are graduate students. With our network and passion, we can make a difference!

The following is the message from Dr. Kramer. Please feel free to forward or modify this message.

Since you are an active scholar in the field of communication I want to ask for your help. You may be aware that Michael Kramer, chair of the Department of Communication is one of the candidates for 2nd Vice President of NCA. He would consider it an honor to serve you and the NCA membership as the next 2nd Vice President and eventual president. If elected, he will try to improve NCA by focusing on these areas:

Improving NCA Governance so that the organization runs more effectively.
Improving NCA Conferences so the more people can participate by using innovative ideas like high-density sessions or using technology so those unable to attend can participate.

Support Diversity by allowing for the creation of more units and divisions that can meet virtually and better serve diverse interests and groups.

Support Diverse Career Goals since most members are involved in colleges and universities that focus on teaching more than research.

You can read a more complete explanation of these ideas at his website: http://faculty-staff.ou.edu/K/Michael.Kramer…/…/NCA2015.html.

One of the easiest ways to help him make NCA better is to increase the number of members who participate in voting. NCA members will be able to vote online from January 13 to February 10.

I hope you will do some of the following things:

Vote immediately when you receive the email from NCA about the election next Tuesday. (It only takes a minute and procrastination often leads to abstinence.)
Forward this email or a similar message to at least 5 other members of NCA, perhaps faculty members, former students, current graduate students, or other colleagues. (This is not a chain letter–nothing bad will happen to you if you do not forward it.)
Post a Message on your personal Facebook page, your department webpage or Facebook page, or on your NCA interest group Facebook or webpage encouraging others to vote.

Less than 20% of NCA members usually vote in an NCA election. Please help me raise that percentage this year.
Michael W. Kramer
Candidate for 2nd Vice President of NCA
Professor and Chair
Department of Communication
University of Oklahoma

Have you joined our facebook page yet?

Dr. Hsieh, our new graduate liaison, will use our CGSA facebook forum to communicate some timely information! I you haven’t yet, please do ASAP. 🙂


Quick Post

Lots of new announcements have been posted, as has the October Graduate Newsletter. Stay tuned for the minutes from the latest CGSA meeting!

Announcements and CGSA Dues

I know you’re reading this text, but if you slide your eyeballs left for a second you’ll notice a list of upcoming events and deadlines. Are you back? Excellent. If you ever need anything added to the Announcements list just let the web committee know, and don’t forget CGSA memberships fees are due September 30th.  

Tentative Course Schedule Available Through Spring 2016

Good news Sooners! The tentative course schedule through Spring 2016 is in the September Graduate Newsletter.

To access the newsletter, go to the CGSA Life drop-down menu in the top left and then click on the Newsletter link.

Annual Kickball Game

kickball flyer

Come join in the fun at the annual CGSA Kickball Game, grad students vs. faculty! Click on the flier above for more details. To sign up for the team and/or to RSVP for the picnic please visit


CGSA Elections


Please vote for the CGSA offices and the new CGSA Faculty/Staff Service and Support Award by following this Qualtrics link:


The election will close on Friday, April 12 at noon.

We are happy to announce the following volunteer positions for 2013-2014:

  • Graduate Student Senate Representatives: Alaina Zanin & Roni Jackson
  • Sooner Conference Chairs: Eryn Bostwick & Kathryn Lookadoo

Meetings with Dept. Chair

Here are the meeting times Dr. Kramer has proposed for his meetings with graduate students this semester:

All Meetings are in BURTON HALL 202

Friday, January 25, 1:30: Emphasis on students ABD

Tuesday, February 5, 2:00: Emphasis on 2nd and 3rd year students

Wednesday, February 20 2:00: Emphasis on 1st year  and MA students

Be sure to attend and exercise your voice as a graduate student!

Travel Grant Deadline

Be sure to visit our grants information page to find out information on upcoming travel grant deadlines and links for applications.