Stephanie Poole Martinez to Deliver Commencement Address
Dr. David Dees, interim dean of Kent State University Columbiana County campuses, announced that this year’s commencement speaker is Stephanie Poole Martinez, an East Liverpool native, who will address graduates at a combined commencement ceremony on May 12 at the Crestview High School Performing Arts Center.
A reception for graduates, families and friends will be held from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by graduation ceremonies that begin at 6:30 p.m.
Diplomas will be presented to graduates from the summer 2016, fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters on the East Liverpool and Salem campuses.
This year’s keynote speaker is Stephanie Poole Martinez, an associate professor of communication and the basic course director at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.
She graduated in 1991 from Kent State University with a bachelor’s of science degree in advertising. She then earned a master’s of arts degree in communication studies in 1998 from Eastern Illinois University and her Ph.D. in speech communication at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, in 2003.
Most recently, Martinez led study-abroad trips to Angers, France, and to Sevilla, Spain. In 2016, she received a Presidential Excellence Research grant for her current autoethnographic work on health communication and surviving esophageal cancer. She also recently contributed a chapter in a book of case studies on sport communication.
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