Kelsey O'Connell

English
Broadlands, Va.
Project title: Community Discourse and Rhetorical Strategies in the Development of the New Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5)
Mentor: Rebecca Pope-Ruark

Spring 2014

   This semester I developed presentations for two venues. First, I presented at the Association for Business Communication Europe Symposium in Modena, Italy. This involved developing and testing a Keynote presentation, then traveling to Italy and presenting as the only undergraduate at the conference. I then developed another presentation for the LIFE @ Elon group and presented with several other Lumen Scholars. I have also been working with Technical Communication Quarterly to push my article toward publication.

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Dr. Ann J. Cahill
Professor of Philosophy
Spence Pavilion 111
2340 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
Phone: (336) 278-5703
cahilla@elon.edu

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