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Faculty and Staff
Timothy Pasch, Associate Professor
Chair and Graduate Director
Columbia Hall 2370 H
701.777.2128 | timothy.pasch@UND.edu
Timothy James Pasch completed his doctorate in Communication at the University of Washington in December 2008. His dissertation work studied online virtual communities of the Inuit of Nunavik and proposed policy changes designed to empower language and security on the Arctic Web.
In the spring of 2009, Dr. Pasch created the digital media component for a series of National Institute of Health grants while working at the University of Washington Medical Center.
He is fluent in French and Japanese and endeavors to improve his Inuktitut, in addition to producing audio, instructional screencasts, digital curricula and websites. A primary focus of his research is community building through communication technology. This includes technology in the classroom, online portals for native and marginalized communities, immersive distance learning environments, virtual worlds, and security and privacy in social networks. His website is accessible at www.timpasch.com.
Timothy James Pasch
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Communication
University of North Dakota
Columbia Hall Room 2370 H
501 N Columbia Rd Stop 7169
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7169
(a) Professional Preparation
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, ND
University of Hawaii Manoa
University of Washington
Associate Professor and Chair, Communication Program, University of North Dakota.
CIO, Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS).
Faculty Advisor/Board of Directors, Arviat Film Society, Arviat, Nunavut, Canada
Pasch, T. J., Bjerklie, D. (2017). Technology For All: Wi-Fi Around the World. In David Bjerklie (Ed.), Technology for All: WIFI Around the World. (vol. 1). New York, NY: TIME for KIDS. https://goo.gl/ybZQz5
Pasch, T. J., Bjerklie, D. (2017). TIME Magazine Special Edition: "The Science of Happiness". In TIME Magazine (Ed.), Special Edition: The Science of Childhood (pp. 54-57, https://www.amazon.com/TIME-Science-Childhood-Inside-Younger/dp/1683301838). TIME Inc. Specials.
Pasch, T. J. (2017). In Patrick Kane (Ed.), Launching a Digital Entrepreneurship Economy Across the Arctic. Noorvik, Alaska: Wildtech News. https://goo.gl/m6JLES
Pasch, T (2015). Journal of Specialized Translation, Towards the Enhancement of Arctic Digital Industries in the Canadian North: “Translating” cultural content to New Media Platforms. Invited Article for January 2015 special edition Translation and the Contemporary Survival of Languages and Culture. https://goo.gl/c40RCc
Pasch, T. and Conway, K (Eds.) (2013). Beyond the Border: Tensions across the Forty-ninth Parallel in the Great Plains and Prairies McGill/Queens University Press. Cloth/Paper release ISBN: 9780773541306 http://goo.gl/yNNwOh
Pasch, T; Partridge, T; Jack S; Richardson, S; (2013). Socio-Economic Impact of Translating Ubuntu to Inuktitut” Report prepared for the Kativik Regional Government (‘KRG’), Nunavut; and Nordicity; Ottawa, Canada. https://goo.gl/FCJ3Q8
Pasch, Timothy J. (2010) Starting Fire with Gunpowder Revisited: Inuktitut New Media Content Creation in the Canadian Arctic. Inuit Studies/Études Inuit, vol. 34(2), Special Edition on Creative Inuit Technologies. http://goo.gl/CMMbFc
Pasch, Timothy James. (2008) Inuktitut Online in Nunavik: Mixed-Methods Web-Based Strategies for Preserving Aboriginal and Minority Languages. University of Washington. Proquest UMI Dissertation Database. http://goo.gl/TVn8F6
(ii) Other significant products
Pasch, Timothy J (2014-2016). Led full web portal redesign project including member portal for all membership of the international organization, secure payment system, encrypted passthrough proxy linkages with referreed journal ARCS (American Review of Canadian Studies). ACSUS, Association for Canadian Studies in the United States. http://www.acsus.org
Pasch, Timothy J (2015-2016). Responsible for University of the Arctic Membership for the University of North Dakota. Faculty lead, application proposer, primary point of contact. http://www.uarctic.org/member-profiles/united-states/27494/university-of-north-dakota
Pasch, Timothy J. (2014-2015). Mobile Application Development/Coding (iOS Game Development) Assistance for Public Health Agency of Canada/Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre, Atii! Let’s Do it! Healthy Living Interventions for Inuit Children, Youth, and Families in Nunavut https://goo.gl/dLfLTH
Pasch, Timothy J. (2013). Science, People & Sustainability in the Canadian Arctic: From the 1913 Canadian Arctic Expedition to the 2013 Arctic Council Chairmanship. 11/5/13. Internatinoal Symposium organizer in partnership with the Canadian Consul General and the Nunavut Arctic College. With the Will Steger Foundation, Arctic Council members, University of Manitoba. https://goo.gl/udl2Sv http://ow.ly/psvg
Walton, S and Pasch, T (2012) Generator, Aggregator, Curator—The Changing Roles of Online Communicators. PR Strategist 2012 (3). Cover article . http://goo.gl/p42owW
(d) Synergistic Activities
- Developed and facilitated workshop for mobile application/game development storyboarding with Inuit youth in Arviat to conceptualize game development in XCode/SWIFT/UNITY engines. Featured in Nunatsiaq (Nunavut) news https://goo.gl/ebd5pm
- Participant, National Science Foundation: Arctic Social Sciences in the 21st Century: Integrating Theories, Data and Methods to Ascertain Local, National and International Relevance. University of Northern Iowa, Cedar falls, IA March 14-16, 2016 http://arctichorizons.org/node/35
- Service as NSF and IFLE/Fulbright Proposal Reviewer (2013-2016)
- Participant, NSF Workshop on Cyberinfrastructure for Polar Sciences, University of Minnesota. September 2013. http://www.pgc.umn.edu/meetings/cyber2013/main
- Recipient of first ever Title VI Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) grant for a North American indigenous language (Inuktitut). University of Washington 2006-2008 https://jsis.washington.edu/canada/flas/alumni.shtml
Ceri Danes, Instructor
Columbia Hall 2370 C
701.777.6268 | ceri.danes@UND.edu
A born storyteller with a nose for news and a passion for narrative, Ceri Larson Danes joined the Communication faculty in January 2015 to share her expertise and enthusiasm with aspiring communication professionals in the classroom. Her decades-long career as a strategic communications practitioner and journalist took her from a family farm in South Dakota to the University of Missouri and on to New York City. In Manhattan, Danes spent years as a strategic counsellor for some of the world’s largest organizations while at Edelman and Burson-Marsteller, both of which remain top-ranked public relations firms worldwide. She was recruited by the then leading securities firm, Merrill Lynch & Co., to help run media relations at its World Financial Center global headquarters. Danes later worked with several communications firms on accounts ranging from financial services and pharmaceuticals to law, K-12 education and technology; and subsequently opened and managed the New York office of an international Washington-based agency. She traded in her media contacts to become one herself, joining Gannett’s Delmarva Media Group (delmarvanow.com) as its Virginia-based reporter specializing in investigative and in-depth enterprise stories in the region, winning nearly 20 awards for writing and reporting in categories including government, investigative, science and environment, business and financial, feature portfolio and entertainment. Danes holds a bachelor’s degree in peace studies and a master’s in communication from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She and her husband, Mark, have three sons and a black lab mix, Dakota, whom they rescued in Virginia.
Pat Jordheim, Instructor
Columbia Hall 2370 B
701.777.4990 | pat.jordheim@UND.edu
Patricia Queen Jordheim has been an instructor in the Communication Department since 2014. She has a PhD in Teaching and Learning Higher Education from UND, as well as, an MA in Communication from the University of North Dakota. Her undergraduate degree is in Sociology with a Communication minor. Teaching at UND since 2005, she has taught Introduction to Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Media and Diversity, Introduction to the Study of Women, Development and Education of the Adolescent and Child Development. Pat has also been a recipient of a Star Faculty Award, an honor received through nomination by a Presidential Scholar. In 2015 Pat was nominated for outstanding teacher at UND while still a graduate student. She believes in making a classroom a community for learning and uses a triad of short lecture, small and large classroom group work and activities.
Experiential learning is used to enhance student's classroom experiences and prepare them for their future.Pat's research has focused on nontraditional students, women nontraditional students, mentoring, male American Indians and poverty. Her early focus and research created an opportunity to be a member of a board to create the Adult Reentry Center, on UND's campus, for nontraditional students. She acted as a student consultant working with the Adult Reentry Center staff for several years. She has also been an active member of Women in Communication and a member of PAC-W. Her dissertation focus is on male American Indian students and their perspectives of higher education.
Pamela Kalbfleisch, Professor
Columbia Hall 2370 L
701.777.6369 | pamela.kalbfleisch@UND.edu
Professor Pamela Kalbfleisch is author of Mentoring Enactment Theory and publishes widely in the area of mentoring and personal relationships. Kalbfleisch is particularly concerned with helping members of disadvantaged and underrepresented groups find mentors and sources of social support.
Kalbfleisch is a member of the Women's Network Executive Council for the American Council on Education. She is Chair of the Policy and Planning Committee for this national executive Council. Kalbfleisch has served in leadership roles including Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Concordia University Chicago; Special Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives and Director of the School of Communication at the University of North Dakota; and as Chair of the Faculty Senate at the University of Wyoming.
Kalbfleisch earned her bachelor's degree from Boise State University, her master's degree from the University of New Mexico and her doctorate from Michigan State University. She is a 2009-2010 Fellow of the American Council on Education Fellows Program.
Soojung Kim, Assistant Professor
Associate Graduate Director
Columbia Hall 2370 N
701.777.2473 | soojung.kim@UND.edu
Soojung Kim joined the Communication Program faculty as an Assistant Professor in fall 2015. Soojung Kim received both M.A. and Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Mass Communication and Psychology from Korea University.
Her research program centers on understanding consumer behavior and the psychology underlying the effects of advertising. In particular, her research focuses on: (1) consumer responses to online and digital advertising, especially when it is viewed as a distractor to media use activities; and (2) cross-cultural strategic communication effects. Her dissertation built on the first line of research and placed a particular emphasis on consumer resistance to online video advertising—namely, ad avoidance. In this work, she examined the effects of various online video advertising strategies on consumers' cognitive and behavioral ad avoidance.
Her works have been presented at national conferences, including American Academy of Advertising (AAA), International Communication Association (ICA), and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). Her research has been published or has been accepted for publication in leading peer-reviewed journals, includingInternational Journal of Mobile Communications, Journal of Marketing Communications, Asian Journal of Communication, Environmental Communication , and Communication Research Reports, among others.
Joonghwa Lee, Assistant Professor
Columbia Hall 2370 R
701.777.4726 | joonghwa.lee@UND.edu
Joonghwa Lee joined the Communication Program faculty as an Instructor in fall 2015 and he will be an Assistant Professor from fall 2016. He earned his Ph.D. in Journalism (Emphasis: strategic communication) from the University of Missouri and M.A. in Advertising from Michigan State University. Before joining UND, he has been an assistant professor of advertising in the School of Journalism at Middle Tennessee State University for three years, where he has received Ed Kimbrell Excellence in Teaching Award and Faculty Research and Creative Activity Grant.
His primary research interests lie in interactive and non-traditional media as well as consumer behaviors in strategic communication. His research interests have been developed by incorporating a wide range of disciplines, including communication, psychology, advertising, and marketing. His primary line of inquiry is related to the roles of digital and social media (e.g., mobile games and online video) in strategic communication. He also expands his research interest to health communication by integrating the knowledge of interactive media with health communication issues.
His research has been presented at national conferences, including American Academy of Advertising (AAA), International Communication Association (ICA), and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). His scholarly work has been recognized in leading peer-reviewed journals, such as New Media and Society, International Journal of Advertising, Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking,Journal of Interactive Advertising, Journal of Consumer Behaviour,Communication Research Reports , among others.
- Interactive and Non-traditional Media in Strategic Communication
- Social Media Strategies
- Integrated Marketing Communications
- Consumer Behavior (Persuasion, Advertising Psychology)
- Brand-Consumer Relationship
- Social Media Strategies
- Quantitative Research Methods
- Interactive/Digital Advertising
- Integrated Marketing Communications
- Advertising and Persuasion Theories
- COMM 374 Principles of Strategic Communication
- COMM 410 Research Methods in Communication
- COMM 451 Risk and Crisis Communication
PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS
- Kim, Soojung, Joonghwa Lee, and Doyle Yoon (2015), “Norms in Social Media: The Application of Theory of Reasoned Action and Personal Norms in Predicting Interactions with Facebook Page Like Ads,” Communication Research Reports, 32 (4), 322-331.
- Yang, Fang, Bruce Vanden Bergh, and Joonghwa Lee (2015), “Do Violent Movies Scare Away Potential Visitors?,” International Journal of Advertising.
- Ham, Chang-Dae, Joonghwa Lee, and Hyung-Seok Lee (2014), “Understanding Consumers’ Creating Behavior in Social Media: An Application of Uses and Gratification and Theory of Reasoned Action,”International Journal of Internet Marketing and Advertising, 8 (4), 241-263.
- Lee, Joonghwa, Hyojung Park, and Kevin Wise (2014), “Brand Interactivity and Its Effects on the Outcomes of Advergame Play,”New Media and Society, 16 (8), 1268-1286.
- Sheehan, Kim, and Joonghwa Lee (2014), "What's Cruel about Cruelty Free:An Exploration of Consumers, Moral Heuristics, and Public Policy," Journal of Animal Ethics, 4 (2), 1-15. (The lead article)
- Kim, Soojung, and Joonghwa Lee (2014), “Perceived Norms and Consumer Responses to Social Media Advertising: A Cross-Cultural Study of Facebook Sponsored Stories among Americans and Koreans,” The Korean Journal of Advertising, 25 (6), 53-81.
- Kim, Hyejin, Seoyeon Kim, and Joonghwa Lee (2014), “Effectiveness of Gain- and Loss-Framed Anti-Binge Drinking PSAs on College Students: Measuring Explicit and Implicit Measures of Attitudes,” Asian Communication Research, 11 (1/2), 72-92.
- Song, Doori,and Joonghwa Lee (2013), “Balancing “We” and “I”: Self-construal and an Alternative Approach to Seeking Uniqueness,”Journal of Consumer Behaviour, 12 (6), 506-516.
- Lee, Joonghwa, Chang-Dae Ham, and Mikyoung Kim (2013), “Why People Pass Along Online Video Ads: From the Perspective of the Theory of Reasoned Action,” Journal of Interactive Advertising, 13 (1), 1-13. (The lead article)
- Lee, Joonghwa, and Hyunmin Lee (2012), “Canonical Correlation Analysis of Online Video Advertising Viewing Motivations and Access Characteristics,” New Media and Society, 14 (8), 1358-1374.
Lee, Joonghwa,and Mira Lee (2011), “Factors Influencing the Intention to Watch Online Video Advertising,” Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking,14
Sarah Cavanah, Assistant Professor
Columbia Hall 2370 G
701.777.4815 | sarah.cavanah@UND.edu
Sarah Cavanah is a former newspaper and magazine writer, editor, and designer, and a former public relations professional. She is also the author of several educational books and workbooks aimed at elementary and middle school students. Her research interests include the practice of community journalism and its role in supporting healthy communities, rural news and information, and scholastic journalism, and she has contributed to articles appearing in Mass Communication and Society, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, and Journalism and Mass Communication Educator. She has served three organizations committed to supporting student media: Oklahoma Scholastic Media, National Scholastic Press Association/Associated Collegiate Press, and Northern Interscholastic Press Association. She is originally from Marceline, Missouri.
Mark Trahant, Associate Professor
Chuck Johnson Endowed Professor of Journalism
Columbia Hall 2370 K
701.777.3168 | mark.trahant@UND.edu
Mark Trahant is the Charles R. Johnson Endowed Professor of Journalism at the University of North Dakota.
Trahant also reports and comments on events and trends on his blog at TrahantReports.Com and on Facebook, Twitter(@TrahantReports) and other social media. He does a weekly audio commentary for Native Voice One. And, every day for nearly a decade, Trahant has written a 140-character rhyme based on a daily news story (@newsrimes4lines).
He’s been a reporter for PBS’ Frontline series. The Frontline piece, “The Silence,” was about sexual abuse by priests in a Alaska native village. He also has been editor-in-residence at the University of Idaho in the spring of 2011 and again in 2012. He taught courses on social media, the American West and editorial writing. In 2009 and 2010 Trahant was a Kaiser Media Fellow writing about health care reform focused on programs the government already operates, such as the Indian Health Service. He was recently the Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Trahant is the former editor of the editorial page for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer where he chaired the daily editorial board, directed a staff of writers, editors and a cartoonist. He has also worked at The Seattle Times, Arizona Republic, The Salt Lake Tribune, Moscow-Pullman Daily News, the Navajo Times, Navajo Nation Today and the Sho-Ban News. Trahant is a member of Idaho’s Shoshone-Bannock Tribe and former president of the Native American Journalists Association.
Brad Serber, Assistant Professor
Director of Public Speaking
Columbia Hall 2370 M
701.777.3652 | bradley.serber@UND.edu
Brad Serber is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Public Speaking here at UND. He joined the Department of Communication in Fall 2017 after completing his doctoral and postdoctoral work at Penn State and his M.A. and B.A. at Texas A&M and the University of Minnesota, respectively.
Dr. Serber’s research focuses on the rhetorics of violence and abnormality. His work on violence explores how communities cope in the aftermath of pain, trauma, and loss. His work on abnormality asks who gets to determine what “normal” means and with what consequences. These two areas came together in his (2016) dissertation, “Reaction Rhetorics: Targeted Violence and Public Security,” which explored how communities responded to the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting, the Boston Marathon bombing, and the Isla Vista attack (#YesAllWomen). Some of his other recent projects have focused on war, genocide, prisoners of war, lone wolf terrorism, and so-called “trigger warnings.” His work has been published in the Journal of General Education, Argumentation & Advocacy, and the Oxford Encyclopedia of Health and Risk Message Design and Processing (details below).
In addition to teaching public speaking, he has taught technical communication, argumentation and debate, rhetorical theory, persuasive speaking, civic and community engagement, and intro to human communication. He was the (2015) recipient of Penn State’s Kathryn DeBoer Award for Graduate Teaching and the (2016) recipient of Penn State’s Cynthia Danel Graduate Research Award.
Serber, Bradley A., and Rosa A. Eberly. “Rhetorical Dimensions of Active Shooter Training Messages.” In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Health and Risk Message Design and Processing. Ed. Roxanne Parrott. 2017.
Serber, Bradley. A. “‘All You Need to Know’: On Intellectual Life and Moral Responsibility.” Argumentation & Advocacy 50.4. 2015.
Eberly, Rosa A., and Brad A. Serber. “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of . . . .” Journal of General Education 62.4. 2013.
Jessica Schanilec-Gowan, Instructor
Columbia Hall 2370 E
701.777.2581 | jessica.gowan@UND.edu
Jess is a North Dakota native with a love for small towns and gravel roads. After graduating with a high school class of 11, she ventured off to Ohio and earned her B.A. in Mass Communication from Franciscan University of Steubenville. She then journeyed to Europe to explore and backpack though various countries. Upon her return to the states, she completed her M.A. in Communication at University of Illinois.
In 2012, Jess began teaching part-time within the North Dakota University System while holding a full-time position at a local hospital. After five years of working in healthcare communication, Jess embarked on her current role as an instructor in the Communications Department at the University of North Dakota.
She and her husband, Jared, have one child and are foster parents. When Jess finds free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and running with her Siberian husky.
Jay Mindeman, Instructor
Columbia Hall 2370 C
Mindeman earned his master's degree from the University of North Dakota and has spent the past 20 years working professionally in marketing. He spent five years in the television business, then became the creative director at Anchor Marketing in Grand Forks in 1998. There, he has been honored with national awards for both his copy writing and his design work. He is the co-author of The Scoop, a book which helps business people to uncover their true target audience, message and more.
Today, Mindeman works both with traditional media (such as video and print) and emerging communication tools such as web, mobile, pay-per-click, viral and social media.
Angela Cary, Instructor
Columbia Hall 1900
701.777.2749 | angela.cary@UND.edu
Angela Cary has been an instructor in the Communication Department since 2014. She is a proud North Dakota native who holds two degrees from UND. Angela earned her B.A. with an emphasis in Advertising and Visual Arts in 1990. She recently received her Master of Arts degree in Communication in August 2016.
Before returning to graduate school, Angela spent over 20 years working locally in advertising and public relations. As an experienced television copywriter and director, Angela was involved in the production of nearly 5,000 commercials and promotional videos. Her team was honored multiple times by the North Dakota Broadcaster’s Association and other organizations for its creative work in broadcasting. Angela’s professional experience also includes stints in print and radio advertising and healthcare public relations.
Angela’s thesis research involved the impact of media ownership on community journalism. She enjoys studying North Dakota media and how different media platforms directly affect the communities they serve. Her writing is featured as part of a collaborative book with other UND writers titled, “The Bakken Goes Boom: Oil and the Changing Geographies of Western North Dakota.”
Angela and her husband, Mike, a fellow UND alumnus, celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2016. The couple enjoys UND sports, traveling, and spending time with their families.
Chuck Haga, Instructor
Columbia Hall 2370
Chuck Haga was born and raised in Valley City, N.D., where in high school he produced his own weekly newspaper, writing stories, selling ads, overseeing circulation and occasionally irritating authority.
At UND, he served two terms as editor of the Dakota Student and worked as a campus stringer for The Forum newspaper in Fargo. After a four-year stint at the Grand Forks Herald, 1972-76, he returned to UND, finished a BA degree in history and in 1978 received an MA degree in European history and philosophy. He then spent a year at the University of Oslo, Norway, studying the Norwegian press and emigration history.
Haga worked as a reporter for the Grand Forks Herald from 1972 to 1976, covering the N.D. Legislature among other assignments. After graduate school and the year in Norway, he taught reporting and other journalism courses at UND for one year before returning to the Herald in 1980, working as a reporter, city editor and columnist.
In 1987, Haga joined the reporting staff at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. After 20 years there, he took a buyout and returned to Grand Forks, where he has a son and three grandchildren. He signed on for a third turn at the Herald, retiring in 2013.
In addition to his teaching at UND, Haga has taught advanced reporting at St. Cloud State University and conducted writing workshops for newspapers and state press associations in the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Missouri, and at the American Press Institute in Reston, Va.
Undergraduate Academic Advisor, Columbia Hall room 1000
Undergraduate Academic Advisor & Internship Coordinator
Desi is the Communication Department Undergraduate Academic Advisor & Internship Coordinator. She started her career at UND in May of 2013 and has experience in Housing and Student Financial Aid. She started in her current position in May of 2015. Desi enjoys working with and helping students and is available to meet with students regarding any questions or concerns they have. She can help students with their educational goals, Essential Studies requirements, Communication major and minor requirements, UND graduation requirements, and much more. She is also the Internship Coordinator and can help guide you in the right direction for internship opportunities and explain internship requirements.
Communication Department Staff, Columbia Hall room 2370, 701.777.2159
Columbia Hall 2370 S
Michelle started her career at the University of North Dakota working in UND Housing. After working there for seven years, she began her position as the Administrative Assistant in the Communication Department. Michelle works with faculty and staff, and does the payroll, finances, and scholarships for the Department. She enjoys playing volleyball, softball and kickball, along with spending time with her family. She is an active parent with her sons’ sports teams and activities, and loves hanging out at the lake.
Columbia Hall 2370 A
Kirsten Gudgeon got her B.A. and M.A. in English at the University of North Dakota. After receiving her M.A. in Fall 2015, she began her professional career as the Administrative Secretary in the Department of Communication. Kirsten updates the Communication website, social media, and also helps the Communication graduate students with papers and research. Kirsten enjoys welcoming new and returning students, and helping students and faculty with various projects. She also enjoys writing, singing and spending every spare moment with her purebred Springer Spaniel, Sarge.