The Family Communication class, Communication 389/589,
will be presenting a student-run workshop based on conflict management and
relational maintenance in sibling relationships on December 12 at 7:00 p.m. in
the Communication Arts Center, room 333.
The idea behind the workshop is to provide people with
concrete and usable strategies for enhancing and maintaining their adult
sibling relationships. The workshop will be a presentation of the research the
class has been conducting all semester. In the beginning of the semester, the
class selected several topics they would like to present on and then took a
vote for the final choice.
“It is entirely their work, from start to finish,” said
Sylvia Mikucki- Envart, an assistant professor at the University of
Wisconsin-Stevens Point and the instructor of Comm 389. “From what they wanted
to talk about and the research to present on to the content of it—it‘s 100%
their work. I have just been facilitating and guiding along the way, but they
came up with it all on their own. It has been really exciting to see them start
looking at research and start turning it into something meaningful.”
The class consists of 16 undergraduate students and two
graduate students. The two graduate students, Amanda Ferrante and Margaret
Rohr, not only wrote their own material for the workshop but also helped to
edit and combine the contributions of the undergraduate students.
“I would say working on the final script was my biggest
contribution,” Rohr said. “It was very important to Dr. Mikucki-Enyart that
Amanda and myself contribute the most to it. Hopefully, with some of the tweaks
she wants to make to it, it will be something worthwhile to present to the
“I am looking forward to sharing all of the knowledge
and research that our team has found,” Ferrante said. “Mostly, I am looking
forward to empowering our audience by making them aware that they hold the
power to change their relationships for the better or improve upon things they
The workshop is open and free to the entire community.
Mikucki- Envart is looking forward to the opportunity to showcase the work her
students have been doing. She is also pleased that her students have had the
chance to take theories from the classroom and see them applied in real-life
“I think it’s a great opportunity for people to get a
chance to see what the division is about, know what we do when we talk
interpersonal communication,” Mikucki-Envart said. “I think it is a nice
display for the division to show just how talented our students are and the
hard work they do.”
Ferrante said one of the challenges they faced while
putting together the workshop was taking the academic research and compiling it
into relatable strategies and ideas that people could use in their everyday relationships.
“There is so much research on this subject, and to
narrow it down into a review can be a daunting task. However, I think that our
audience will be quite pleased with what we came up with. I am looking forward
to sharing our findings,” Ferrante said.
This is the first workshop of its kind to be put on in
the Communication Department. Mikucki-Envart stated that this could be helpful
for anyone in a sibling relationship, no matter what their age. She is hoping
for interest from the surrounding community and a large turnout.