Flagler Communication Students Busy Group


Flagler College is located in the former grand Ponce de Leon Hotel, built during the Flagler era.

Flagler College is located in the former grand Ponce de Leon Hotel, built during the Flagler era.

Six students from the Flagler College Communication Department are preparing to present their research at the Popular/American Culture Association in the South Academic Conference being held in New Orleans in October.|

Ashley DaSilva, Hannah Jordan, Courtney Peters, and Dylan Spann are presenting together on a panel entitled “Horror, Violence, Crime, and the Passion” which has topics covering rhetorical analysis of the Passion conference, portrayals of violence in the TV show “The Fall,” the role of horror post 9/11, and genre analysis of buddy cop dramedy.

In addition, Ashley Ryan will be speaking on “The American Dream as a Dysfunctional Hypergood” and Samantha Winowsky will share her paper “Photostopped: The Harmful Effects Photoshopped Ads Have on Women.” Courtney Hoston was also selected to present at the conference but will be unable to attend.

“This is the second year in a row that we’ve been able to have Flagler communication students present,” said Dr. Matthew Wysocki, coordinator of media studies at Flagler. “This has been a conference that is starting to be a real showcase for them.”

In addition to current students, Flagler alumni Katie Lutz, Alex Holmes, Stephanie Spadea and Lois Goh will also present at the conference.



Flagler College communication students are assisting the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization and the City of St. Augustine implement the “Yield to Life” bicycle and pedestrian safety campaign through Sept. 21.

Students from Associate Professor Dr. Eric Hoffman’s strategic communications strategies and campaigns class are tasked with raising awareness of bicycle, pedestrian and vehicle traffic laws in order to reduce the amount of traffic related crashes in the downtown area. According to crash reports studied by the North Florida TPO, the city of St. Augustine had a total of 165 crashes involving cyclists and pedestrians from 2009 to 2013.

The two-week mini campaign targeted St. Augustine residents with the group of Hoffman’s students focusing on Flagler College’s campus. In order to demonstrate the importance of the campaign and improve safety on and around campus, the students will utilize informational materials, giveaways, surveys and a promotional PSA to connect the campaign’s message to their fellow students.

“Our Flagler College PR interns are crucial to the success of the St. Augustine Yield to Life campaign,” said Victoria Pennington, marketing consultant for the TPO. “They are providing campus outreach and social media services to reach a key demographic in our target audience.”

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