Graduate Honorable Mention: Victoria Cisneros

Victoria Cisneros

Graduate, M.A. in Communication

Two years ago, Victoria Cisneros represented the Department of Communication as a student of distinction as an undergraduate.  She now represents the department as a graduate student.

“As an undergraduate student, Victoria demonstrated abilities of analytic synthesis that gave her an edge in her writing assignments and an interpersonal curiosity that built on her teamwork skills,” said Dr. Makkawy, assistant communication professor. “As a graduate student, she has developed these strengths even further. She has also developed the skills necessary to translate the humanities into forces of good in our society.”

Having achieved a perfect GPA, she has also presented three research papers written as a graduate student and two written as an undergrad presented at regional and national conferences. She is the lead author of the book chapter, “Latina/o/x Vernacular Discourse: CHIRLA’s Resistance to Migration Rhetoric through Instagram Captions,” co-authored with Dr. Sergio Juárez, assistant professor of communication. The chapter is currently under review by the University of Alabama Press.

“Relatively few graduate students publish research while still at the M.A. level, and to be the first author on this chapter is noteworthy,” Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Kevin Macy-Ayotte, said.

Currently working as a marketing writer for Fresno State’s University Brand Strategies and Marketing, Cisneros says she draws from her theoretical foundations to “encourage a critical approach to marketing.”

She went on to say,” With the knowledge and skills I’ve gained through this program, I realize the power and responsibility in shaping university messaging and strive to produce work that acknowledges communication’s constitutive nature. As such, my plans for the future include pursuing a career in marketing that is guided by a critical perspective and humanistic values.”

During her time as a graduate student, Cisneros was among a small group of students to revive the Communication Graduate Student Association after being dormant for several years. She also served as vice president of the association.

The College of Arts and Humanities Students of Distinction represents the best of their department and will be honored at the Arts in Motion event at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 10 – the culminating event of the Arts in Motion Showcase week. From these students, one undergraduate and one graduate Dean’s Medalist will be selected. The Dean’s Medalists are then eligible to receive the President’s Medal, the university’s highest student honor.

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