Dr. Eric Grabowsky, assistant professor of communication at Dickinson State University, moved in the role of president of the Communication, Speech, and Theatre Association of North Dakota (CSTAND). This shift to CSTAND president for Grabowsky occured during this year's annual CSTAND convention in Mandan, N.D. Grabowsky's term will last until the 2013 annual CSTAND convention. According to Grabowsky, this new role is part of an annual rotation across specific positions on the CSTAND executive board.
"Since my days as a graduate student at Duquesne University in Pennsylvania," said Grabowsky, "I have been a strong proponent of state organizations as foundational for the academic field of communication and rhetorical studies, so I am deeply honored to serve in this leadership position."
In a separate capacity as appointed by the CSTAND executive board, Grabowsky also serves as North Dakota's representative to both the States Advisory Council of the Central States Communication Association and the National States Advisory Council (NSAC). Grabowsky is presently serving as the chair of NSAC, which is a national conduit for communication among various state organizations within the field of communication and rhetorical studies.
Margaret Marcusen, lecturer of communication at Dickinson State University, received the 2012 CSTAND Scholar of the Year award. During her time at DSU, Marcusen has received awards for the Outstanding Teacher in the College of Arts and Sciences (2006) and Innovative Teacher of the year (2008). In 2011-2012, Marcusen served as the faculty advisor and program director for the Theodore Roosevelt Honors Leadership Program.
She has helped students with numerous research projects and, in 2011, presented with Dr. Deborah Dragseth, chair of the DSU Department of Business and Management, at the third international research conference at the Siberian State Aerospace University in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. Recently, Marcusen traveled with other DSU faculty and staff to Guatemala for a two week volunteering service project with the God's Child Project.