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The "Hall of Fame" documents the best practices of students in the organizational communication program. The purpose of this page is two-fold. 1) To demonstrate how others have successfully and innovatively applied communication principles. 2) To provide recognition for those who have excelled. Enjoy!

Casey Nickel and Wade Crevier

Casey Nickel and Wade Crevier evaluated the social media practices of 10 different religious organization. They used their robust knowledge of the 5 C’s framework to produce a wonderful and novel set of best practices. Check out this video summarizing their insightful work.

Katie Flanigan, Hannah Jobrack, Erik Johnson, Katherine Nagler, and Ntxhee Yee Thao

The Pinners (Katie Flanigan, Hannah Jobrack, Erik Johnson, Katherine Nagler, and Ntxhee Yee Thao) took on a brand new case in the Social Media Strategy class. They crafted an exceptional social media marketing campaign for a new company – Dr. Foot Fix. They adroitly used all the social media 5 Cs (Coordinates, Channels, Content, Connections, and Corrections). Check out their paper here.

Sara Darr, Rachel Koepke, Jacob Lenzendorf, Bailey Schmid & Devin Willems

Sara Darr, Rachel Koepke, Jacob Lenzendorf, Bailey Schmid & Devin Willems conducted an assessment of the social media strategies used by the Green Bay Gamblers and Green Bay Blizzard. This student team adroitly compared the sport team’s approaches using a novel assessment tool and provided appropriate strategic/tactical suggestions (e.g. corrections). Check out their paper here.

Jacob Lenzendorf, Sara Darr, Bailey Schmid, Rachel Koepke and Devin Willems

Jacob Lenzendorf, Sara Darr, Bailey Schmid, Rachel Koepke and Devin Willems took up the special project challenge for their second case in the Social Media Strategy class. They developed two insightful and fun videos to promote student understanding of the career-enhancing possibilities of using LinkedIn. The first video was designed for LinkedIn novices (see.) . The second one was developed for more experienced LinkedIn users (see). Beyond the great videos, DSW was pleased by the strategic insights that guided their decision-making (Click here to see their paper).

Ben Berndt, Amanda Jo Danihel, Sara Darr, Abby Phillips & Amanda Rice

Ben Berndt, Amanda Jo Danihel, Sara Darr, Abby Phillips & Amanda Rice were tasked with creating an anti-sexting persuasive campaign in the Persuasion & Argumentation class. They adroitly used persuasive theories and models to develop a wonderfully creative campaign that anti-sexting advocates should seriously consider. Click here to see their paper. Note: only emulate the attire of some team members during group meetings, not presentations!

Jared Phillips, Jon Clancy, Adam Ziepske, & Alec Haase

Jared Phillips and his Cases team planned and executed one of the best press crisis press conferences in the history of the course. Click here to see the group’s opening statement. Check out the press conference:

Devin Willems, Morgan Davis, Amanda Leick, Sara Darr, and Alex Brandt

Devin Willems, Morgan Davis, Amanda Leick, Sara Darr, and Alex Brandt mastered a complex case involving demographically shifting target audiences for the Door County Chamber of Commerce. (Note: the group DID dress professionally for the presentation! They are wearing “thinking clothes” in the picture.) They made a number of excellent strategic decisions and exceled in the QA session. Click here to see thier paper.

Travis Krueger, Kaylie Noll, Caroline Rowe, and Danielle Shea

Travis Krueger, Kaylie Noll, Caroline Rowe, and Danielle Shea analyzed the Green Bay National Weather Service’s social media presence. Their novel and extensive research fueled a wonderful set of coordinated strategic and tactical recommendations. The client wants to implement many of the suggestions and was so pleased that he even provided DSW with a special culinary treat. (Note: the treat did NOT influence HOF voting but it put some “nice icing on the project cake”.) Click here to see the projects.

Ben Berndt, Amanda Jo Danihel, Sara Darr, Abby Phillips & Amanda Rice

Ben Berndt, Amanda Jo Danihel, Sara Darr, Abby Phillips & Amanda Rice analyzed a debate about soda taxes in the Persuasion & Argumentation class. They adroitly examined the competing arguments using the Toulmin and NRDd models. The group expertly used a set of thoughtful criteria to determine the debate winner and make suggestions to improve the arguments. Click here to see the paper.

Amanda Jo Danihel, Marissa Herm, Jennifer Maki, Kaylie Noll, Danielle Shea, and Roxanne Simonnet

Amanda Jo Danihel, Marissa Herm, Jennifer Maki, Kaylie Noll, Danielle Shea, and Roxanne Simonnet compared the social media performance of two ice cream companies (Halo Top Creamery vs. Ben & Jerry’s). The team thoughtfully analyzed the company goals and expertly used quantitative and qualitative data to skillfully assess social media performance. The team made expert use of the 5 Cs of Social (Coordinates, Channels, Content, Connections, and Corrections) to make wonderful recommendations that both companies would do well to heed. Click here to see the team's paper.

Digg Deep

The Digg Deep group (Melissa Barth, Halie Holton, Hannah Koerner, Caroline Rowe, and Alex Styczynski) compared the social media presence of Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger. After collecting over 200 pages of original research on the posting patterns of both brands, the group provided a thoughtful analysis of each brand’s social media approach. The group incorporated some novel uses of ideas discussed in the Social Media Strategy course and provided a number of useful strategic and tactical suggestions for each brand. Click here to see their paper.

Raquel Lamal & Adam Hansen

Raquel Lamal (2013 class) and Adam Hansen (2015 class) are both UWGB Communication majors. They recently received an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement of News Programming-Evening Newscast: Smaller Markets.

Elizabeth Hintz

Elizabeth Hintz is a recent UWGB Communication Department graduate and now attends graduate school. She submitted a paper to the Central States Communication Association Conference and won two major awards: 1) Top Student Paper and 2) Top Paper in the Health Communication Division. Bravo to her for this wonderful honor. Click here to read her very interesting paper. (Note: This is the first graduate to be honored in Phil’s Hall of Fame. This is an innovation that I plan on continuing.)

Digg Deep

The Digg Deep social media strategy team (Melissa Barth, Halie Holton, Hannah Koerner, Caroline Rowe, and Alex Styczynski) analyzed the differences between the Twitter and Digg social media platforms. The team did an extraordinary job completing all the assigned tasks and adding their own innovative twist. See their paper.

Amanda Deatherage, Brooke Iserloth, Alex Koprowski, Payton Kronforst, and Emily Zausch

Amanda Deatherage, Brooke Iserloth, Alex Koprowski, Payton Kronforst, and Emily Zausch completed a persuasion project designed to double the number of attendees at the 2018 Communication Banquet. They had some novel (and a few crazy) ideas but their approach nicely illustrates key persuasion principles and audience analysis techniques. See their paper.

The K.A.R.M.A group

The K.A.R.M.A group (Kendall Sherman, Alycia King, Roxanne Simonnet, Marissa Herm, and Amy Bauer) transformed an extremely difficult time-sensitive challenge (e.g.,“wicked problem”) into a major win for the Communication Department. Using a new analytical framework and their own research they took on a totally unexpected mid-semester project in their Media Workshop course. They demonstrated an extraordinary degree of thoughtfulness and resiliency in a tough situation. Click here to see their report.

The Pentamerous Professionals

The Pentamerous Professionals (Kaitlyn Hein, Sarah Ferdon, Amber Brownlow, Lindsay Pieffer, & Sabris Canady) enter HOF for their first project in the Cases in PR class. Their audience analysis featured an intriguing twist on conventional wisdom. Their other analyses, strategy and tactics clearly and cleverly linked with one another. They also successfully integrated concepts from other classes like Persuasion and Argumentation. Click here to see their campaign about #Facethefacts.

Alexis Johnson, Katy Ito, and Dana Ihlenfeldt

Alexis Johnson, Katy Ito, and Dana Ihlenfeldt have continuously improved throughout their tenure at Communication Department. They have reached a new level of performance in their masterful analysis of a real world challenge in the Media Workshop course. See their paper and insights here.

The Titans

The Titans (Melissa Barth, Amy Bauer, Eli Hughes, Alycia King, & Hannah Koerner) took on a very tough case about the ever-changing PR challenges at Volkswagen. They were able to provide a “frame altering” view of the situation by comparing it to similar concerns at other companies. The Titans then presented an executive board room level of report about how to respond on a strategic and tactical level. Click here to see more about their approach.

Comm Week Banquet

Bravo to the first ever Comm Week team (Erica Ropson, Eli Hughes, Emily Vorpagel, Morgan Theobald, Hannah Koerner, Avery Faehling and Amy Bauer) for planning AND executing a wonderful event. We had almost 100 people at the first ever Comm Week banquet and nearly 100 attendees at other events. It was wonderful and all done during the team’s “free time”. Amazing.

The Tenacious Turtles

( Danielle Shea, Amanda Danihel, Ben Spiering, Danielle LaPorte (myself), and Jule Hermann) certainly lived up to their name. The continuously improved on a project in their OrgCom class and placed first (gold medal) in first ever Communication 3 X 3 X Competition. Bravo to them for living up to the CI spirit of our program.

Compare and Repair: Taco John's vs. Taco Bell

Do you want to find out what Taco Bell and Taco John's are doing right and wrong with their social media strategies? Check out the final social media project by Eli Hughes, Katie Prigge, Michaela Ratajczak, Morgan Theobald, and Katie Vlachin. They took a deep dive into the organizations to find out the underlying reasons for their social media effectiveness level. Click here to review their paper.

Compare and Repair

Elisabeth Aubry, Anita Blatnik, and Emily Taisto enter the Hall of Fame for their work in the Social Media Strategy course. Their exemplary and thorough research led to a number excellent strategic and tactical insights that were grounded in a thorough understanding of strategic thinking. Click here to check out their paper.

Compare and Repair

Laura Gruender, Sarah Crowe and Sandy Sparacino took an on-line version of the OrgCom class. On-line classes create special challenges when it comes to becoming a member of Phil’s Hall of Fame. But they overcame the hurdles and developed a wonderful response to a challenging case. Click here to see their case study.

Theories of the Interview

Anita Blatnik’s preparation and follow-through on a mock appraisal interview was thorough, thoughtful and insightful. Click here to see her final report.

Persuasion & Argumentation 2016

Elisabeth Aubry, Anita Blatnik, Eli Hughes, Megan Ringwell, Erica Ropson, and Emily Vorpagel masterfully used persuasion theories and models to develop a strategy for decreasing the amount of sexting in two local high schools. One remarkable feature of their was approach was how they used the models to craft both an insightful strategy AND clever tactics. Click here for details. Click here for details.

Persuasion & Argumentation 2016

Elisabeth Aubry, Anita Blatnik , Eli Hughes, Megan Ringwell, Erica Ropson and Emily Vorpagel rallied to the challenge of analyzing a seemingly boring and highly complex debate. The thoroughness of their Toulmin analysis, thoughtful decision-making and expert strategic/tactical advice triggered a lovely neural pathway dance in the minds of their classmates and professor.Click here for details.

Social Media Strategy 2015

Stephanie Diedrich, Avery Faehling, Bryan Konicek, Ashley Skoglund, and Theresa Vollmer compared the social media strategies of two snack bars (Reese’s vrs. Snickers). The thoroughness of their research, quality of their analysis, and innovative ideas were a delicious treat to the mind and soul. Click here for details.

Social Media Strategy 2015

The CoffeePhilters (Sarah Alexander, Sandra Graybill, *Karli Peterson, Taylor Thomson and Ashley Vickney) did a great job for their final project by comparing two political campaigns use of social media (Trump vs. Clinton) They innovated around a course theme and tweaked their “sexy” idea based on the continuous improvement feedback. Click here for details.

Organizational Communication 2015

The Consultants of Swing (Joshua Clearwater, Eli Hughes ,Benjamin Koenigs, Chelsea Rank and Sherry Zuege) masterfully analyzed a complex case with hidden problems and successfully developed strategies and tactics to resolve it. Importantly, the group made innovative use of class principles. Click here for details.

Persuasion & Argumentation

Katelyn Staaben, Sally Henne, Sandra Graybill, Sherry Zuege, and Ryan Tearney entered the HOF for their insightful project that effectively showed how to apply the key P & A principles to real world challenges. Dr. So What was impressed because it is rare for a P & A project to enter the HOF.

Cases in PR

The Six Starving Seniors group (Ashley Mellenthien, Stacy Schwartz, Elizabeth Hintz, Joshua Bernhardt, Christopher Johnson, & Cynthia Goetsch) effectively planned and responded to a simulated crisis for Leinenkugel. They demonstrated creativity and professionalism under heavy stress and ambiguity.

Social Media Strategies

The Stratagems group (Katelyn Staaben, Sheila Syrjala, Kelly El-Yaagoubi, Rachel Buhl, Amanda Hamann) successfully compared/contrasted Email, Pinterest, and Instagram in their project for the Social Media Strategies course. This is one of Dr. So What’s most challenging intellectual adventures. They used a limited number of geometric symbols in an ingenious manner to isolate key differentiators between the channels and then looked at the “so what’s” of their analyses.

Social Media Independent Study

Katelyn Staaben and Rachel Veldt entered the Hall of Fame for their background work on social media strategy that was used for the Social Media Strategy course and to launch the Communication department’s social media strategy.

Information Technologies

The Super Sexy 6 group (Josh Bernhardt, Clint Berge, Mai Mueller, Jenna Ebenhoe, Andrew Campnell, and Bao Lor) entered the HOF for their project on computer conferencing. They expertly applied the class theories and principles in their project.

Organizational Communication

The Squirrel Ink Group (Kaylie Fisher, Kyle Halida, Elizabeth Smeaton, Katelyn Staaben, Danielle Washington) successfully managed one of the most difficult cases in OrgCom based on implementing story telling ideas.

Information Technologies

Sam Owens entered Dr. So What’s HOF in an unusual manner by noting that: Build a better mousetrap and innovators will decide whether the world should beat a path to your door. This was a brilliant variation on a class theme.

Cases in PR

The Miracle Workers (Lauren Gonn, Brandon Gwidt, Samantha St. John, Lisa Simonis, Bobby Vachon) effectively managed a very tough crisis case with expert planning and a great press conference.

Cases 2013

Dr. So What threw everything he could think of at the “Plastics” (Aaron, Brittnay, Emily, Jonathan, Logan, and Mysty). The group not only survived but also thrived under the pressures, delivering a wonderful strategic and tactical response.

IT Class 2013

Val Hilkert drafted an extraordinary argument for her final exam by weaving together theories and ideas into a deeply thoughtful essay. It was creative, insightful and well reasoned. Dr. So What was impressed.

IT Class 2013

Kaylie Fisher wrote an outstanding essay for her final exam about the impact of technology during the Boston Bombings. Dr. So What was particularly impressed by her ability to look at the incident from different perspectives.

IT Class 2013

Jena Richter, Logan Hendricks, and Hannah Johnson took on the challenging task of critiquing and synthesizing the literature on social media. They did a wonderful job providing the conceptual and research base for a new UWGB course titled, Social Media Strategies.

Small Group Communication (Spring 2012)

Jena and Ed Pix

Jena Richter, Caitlin Gorham, Shawn Kressin and Seth Petersen (Team Alchemy) were surprised to discover that their project/paper made it into HOF. Why? The problem analysis, strategy and tactics almost seemed too easy for them. Their previous projects seemed to involve a lot more angst and difficulty. Analysis? Their previous project shaped their neural pathways in a way that actually made this difficult project appear to be easy and straightforward. In other words, they applied the thinking routine they learned from their other projects to effectively, creatively and efficiently design a training program for the COMM 102 students. Click here to see the project.

Cases in Public Relations (Spring 2012)

Jena and Ed Pix

Caitlin Gorham, Ed Immel, Raquel Lamal, Amy Manske, Jena Richter, and Chloe Scheller successfully dealt with a tricky simulated crises for Kohls. Their over 160-page report attests to the group's extraordinary analytical skills and strategic thinking abilities. The result? An engaging, thoughtful and productive communication plan that included a successful news conference, press kit, and related news releases.

Cases in Public Relations (Spring 2012)

Disney Photo 2012

Kyle, Chelsie, Jessie, Miranda, and Stephanie triumphed over a wickedly difficult PR crisis as they represented the Disney Company. The group executed a thoughtful strategy and incorporated numerous creative tactics during a simulated press conference. Their ears were closely tuned into the various audiences they needed to impress. And they had a lot fun during the 36 hours mayhem, stress and chaos preceding the press conference.

Cases in Public Relations (Adult Degree Summer 2011)

kelly Ashley

Ashley Heraly and Kelly El-Yaagoubi dealt with a difficult crisis situation during the challenging constraints of the accelerated learning curve of a summer class. In particular, they learned that crafting a strategy is the key to managing tradeoffs and creating a core message. Their thorough and insightful written project fully detailed their approach to an extraordinary series of crises.

Persuasion & Argumentation (Spring 2011)

PA Group 2011

Fernando Chavarria, Jeremy Garcia, Andrea Lotten, Katelyn Santy, and Kim Seidl evaluated the "same sex marriage" debate. The team thoroughly researched both sides of the issue, evaluated the debaters' arguments and provided thoughtful suggestions to the loser. In their second case, the team conducted a wonderfully insightful and effective persuasive campaign based on persuasion principles, sound analytical reasoning, and creative strategies/tactics. Click here to see paper 1.

Organizational Communication (Fall 2010)

Policy Princesses Phot

The Policy Princesses (Carolyn Freeman, Ashley Cravillion, Daniele Frechette, Emily Schmidt, and Deb Dobson) were tasked with developing a strategic communication plan for Adult Education at UWGB. They conducted surveys, "undercover" investigations, and personal interviews to develop a well-argued, thoughtful and creative plan for the department. The client was very pleased with the outcome. And their professor was pleased to see how principles from other classes were incorporated into the strategic plan.

Special Project (Summer 2010 - Fall 2010)

Deb Dobson developed a strategic plan for communicating with health professionals about a new policy. She had to work with an ever-changing set of client expectations but did so with grace and professionalism. She also wrote up her reflections on the project and how she will use her experiences in future change initiatives. Her professor was pleased with both the quality of her project and her continuous improvement reflections.

Persuasion & Argumentation (Spring 2010)

natural landscaping group

The group "Team Phil A's" composed of Ashley Beaudoin, Kathleen Brusky, Ben Leatherberry, Michelle Maroszek, and Victoria Streekstra sought to persuade home owners to adopt a natural landscaping techniques. The group expertly managed a complex case while demonstrating a firm grasp of P & A principles.

Small Group Communication (Fall 2009)

SB Fall 2009

The group "Organized Chaos" group composed of Aaron Clements, Ashley Cravillion, Debra Dobson, Johnathan Dyskstra and Kelly Walch prepared a wonderful set of training tools for those seeking to improve their group meetings. Their exercises and protocols should be of value to anyone seeking to improve their meeting effectiveness. They also prepared some nifty videos to support their training program.

Persuasion & Argumentation (Summer 2010)

Turi Pis Amy Aimee

Turi Hartfield, Aimie Gallenberger, and Amy DeMeter prepared a persuasive campaign protocol that could be used to quickly respond to a persuasive challenge. The guide wonderfully illustrated the key principles in the class and the group used it to effectively manage a difficult persuasive situation under tight time constraints.

Organizational Communication (Fall 2009)

The "Fishbowlers" group composed of Adam Bailey, Adam Rady, Candace Hulsey, Johnathan Dykstra, Kristy Sipiorski, and Matthew Panure deftly handled a tricky situation that involved developing a communication plan during a corporate downsizing.

Organizational Communication (Fall 2009)

Sandy Kue, Katie Stilp, Erin Young, and Kelli Bastien dissected a difficult case involving a great deal of data from  a Pulse report. The group expertly analyzed the data and used it to construct a well-reasoned communication strategy. The group also made excellent use of KISS charts to guide their strategy. For these reasons the group enters Phil's HOF.

Cases in Communication and Media Management Summer 2009

Starbucks TeamDebra Dobson, Diane LeVeque, Joyce Jentges, and Karen Sobiesczyk managed a difficult crisis involving Starbucks. Their extensive preparation and planning paid off during the 4 hours they had to manage the crisis. This is the first time a paper/project from the Adult Degree program became a member of Phil's HOF. Click here to see their paper.

Persuasion & Argumentation Spring 2009

Ryan Hartwig, Weston Hodkiewicz, Cali Nelson, Nicole Neveau, Michael Safford, & Tiffani Wille analyzed the persuasion campaign used by Cessna during a time when corporate jets were vilified by politicians. Their insightful analysis provided useful recommendations and effective use of class principles.



Theories of the Interview 2008

Lanette Reeves analyzed an interview and in the process demonstrated her wonderful critical thinking and professional report writing skills. She also showed how to operationalize many of Professor Clampitt's "7 Questions". 


Research Project 2008

Ben Megan and PhilMegan Witt and Ben Kotenberg conducted fascinating original research on error management and it's effects on communication. Their work was featured at the Academic Excellence Symposium and was one of 8 projects to be featured at the UWGB Founders Association Academic Spotlight. See their complete project here.



Persuasion and Argumentation Spring 2008

Matt Dawson, Megan Gustafson, Amanda Margelofsky and Nick Favero created an effective and innovative plan for a flourishing local sports team. Utilizing models and concepts from the course, the group showed a firm grasp of the persuasion process. See their final paper and project here.

Cases in Communication and Media Management 2008

casesDavid Burman, Kimberly Ninmann, Susan Theisen, Katelyn Broda and Kimberely Meiner enter the hall of fame for their Crisis Managment Plan and excellent post crisis analysis. Their analysis reflects changes they made to their approach after receiving feedback from an expert in the field (Paper)



Persuasion and Argumentation 2008

groupAdam Behnke, Marisa Greguoli, Ryan Sikma & Susan Theisen critiqued and improved an existing persuasive campaign to encourage consumers to conserve energy. Their approach to the case provides a wonderful example of how to apply persuasion theories. Note in particular that they use the persuasive notions to guide their decision-making (Paper, Presentation)

The group also enters the hall of fame after their wonderful job analyzing a contentious debate. Note how they took an even handed view of each side and came to a reasonable conclusion. (Click here to see their paper and presentation)

Independent Study 2007-2008

Ben KotenbergBen Kotenberg enters the Hall of Fame for a delightfully metacommunicative project. He is the webmaster behind this wonderful website which demonstrates his creativity as well as his ability to analyze audiences. 




meganTheories of the Interview Fall 2007

Megan Gustafson analyzed an interview for the Theories of Interview class. Her paper (click here to see) provides an excellent example of how to logically analyze human communication and apply communication principles to a structured conversation.






cheCases in Communication and Media Management 2007

Jennifer Becher, Danielle Behrle, Chelsea Brunning, Tyler Hoffman, Rich Swiatnicki and Denise Martin enter Phil's Hall of Fame with how they managed a crisis at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary (2007). Note how they aligned their research, strategy and tactics. Also, notice how they fully integrated class principles in their planning and reactions to an extraordinarily challenging crisis. (Click on this link to see their project.)

Small Group Communication


  • Kristy Klopstein, Amy Mauk, Jennifer Turner, Molly Weber and Susan Zehren critiqued an actual decision making meeting. They did a wonderful job of systematically the group communication process. (Click here to see their paper.)

  • Cases in Communication and Media Management 2006

  • Adam Halfmann, Kelly Hannnu, Alicia Alvord, Nichole Zick, & ChadHOF

  • Stanek resolved a real time and difficult case. They were asked to manage the PR for a company that inadvertently produced contaminated dog food. The way they decided to manage the credibility issue was superior to the actual PR campaign launched by the company. (Click here to see their paper.)


Organizational Communication 2005


  • Kristi Trampf, Michelle Missall, Mat Cole, and David Mauel resolved a very difficult case that dealt with communicating to employees about a new HSA health care plan. Their research was first rate and they made fantastic use of  the "change iceberg" model. (Click here to see their paper.)

    Persuasion and Argumentation 2006

  • Sometimes you can make the Hall of Fame for a humorous and insightful class comment. Amber did just that by illustrating the "Cognitive Balancing" theory. Here was the dialogue:

Amber:   I like beer and I don't like being fat.
Prof. C:  So what?
Amber:  Unfortunately there is a connection between the two.
Prof C:   So what?
Amber:   I'm in an unbalanced state.
Prof. C:  So in order to bring yourself into a state of balance, you need to do what?
Amber:   I need to be OK with being fat! (big smile)
Prof. C:  Well.... that is certainly one alternative.

  • Cases in Communication and Media Management 2005

  • Mike Halbach, Peter Hofmeister, Justin Tiedemann, Kim Christel, Brett Jilot, HOFand Nick Goddard pictured below in their "non-presentation attire" resolved a simulated crisis for the Milwaukee Brewers that involved some highly charged sexual allegations. (Click to see their crisis plan and report.)

  • Theories of the Interview

  • Craig Roloff conducted a performance interview and drafted a report based on his experience that is first rate. The analysis is unusually insightful and extraordinarily well presented. (Click here to see the paper.)

Cases in Communication and Media Management 2004


  • Jennifer Busch, Amanda Hand, Sarah Pankratz, Leslie Schroeder, & Molly Soberg resolved a tricky case about how to deal with a possible edict by the federal government to put nutritional labels on wine. The group was particularly successful in creating congruencies between their problem analysis, strategy and tactics. (Click here to see their paper.)

Independent Study 2003

  • Kelly Flood Gerry Hazen Erica Konkol Jamie Woolf conducted research on warning labels and presented it at the Undergraduate Research Conference at UWGB. (Click here to see their paper.)

  • Small Group Communication 2003

  • Andy Long (Fall 03) was asked to assess the effectiveness of his "fishbowl group". His paper cleverly integrated a wonderful metaphor and insightful analysis. His methods were systematic and very persuasive. (Click here to see the paper.)

Theories of the Interview 2003


  • Mike Halbach (Fall 03) put together a wonderfully thorough appraisal interview guide/analysis for the Theories of the Interview class. (Click here to see his project.)

  • Organizational Communication 2003

  • One group demonstrated their understanding of the Myers-Briggs Profile in this novel way. During a skit involving a meeting between the consultants and CEO, some members of the group held up unobtrusive signs during the discussion indicating how the consultants were appealing to the CEO’s Myers-Briggs typology.

  • One student acted as a "spokesperson" for a company during a mock news conference.  Despite intense questioning from the "press", some of which was personal, she remained cool and presented the facts in a calm, professional manner. When she didn’t know the answer, she admitted it but promised to find out the answer.

  • Cases in Communication and Media Management 2003

  • A group composed of Jerome Allen, Gerry Hazen, Matt Swiatnicki, Sara Haemker and Melaine Resch developed a crisis management plan for the Hooters restaurant chain. They were presented with a crisis involving an interstate prostitution ring that was operating within the Hooters restaurant chain.  “CEO” Allen calmly answered many difficult questions in the press conference, while “Legal Representative” Hazen logically defended the strategy in the question/answer session.  The group managed the case so effectively that their case was “retired”. (See their abstract about the case.)





Listed below is some advice from former communications students who have successfully trained their neural pathways.

"Taking a Phil class will definitely raise your stress levels.  However, once the class is over, you will realize that it was all worth it."   -Jerome Allen

"Do not concern yourself with what you believe Phil is "looking for" as the "right answer," rather construct a unique solution to the problem and develop a strong line of rationale and you will succeed beyond measure" -Marcus Reitz

"GO TO CLASS!!!  No matter how many notes you print off the website, you will never get all the information!, read, read!  If you don't read, the multiple choice questions in the exams are going to kick your butt!" -Angela Stangel