The month of April has been a busy month for the Department of Communication.
On April 16, Dr. Monika Alston-Miller received two prestigious awards at the 62nd Annual Service Awards presented by the University. Dr. A, as known by her students, received the 2015 Faculty Excellence Award and the 2015 Teaching Excellece Award. Congratulations to Dr. A!
The Department of Communication's 2015 Capstone Presentations were April 22. Dr. J.J. McIntyre, supervisor over the poster exhibition this year stated "Our majors have worked hard on these projects since last fall and today they have the opportunity to share their brilliance. The capstone students have embraced the opportunity to gain a better understanding of The Past, Present, and Future Role of Communication at UCA."
After the Capstone Presentation, the Department hosted the 2015 Awards Ceremony, with Dr. Cooper emceeing. Communication and Public Relations majors were recognized for their accomplished work and participation in student organizations such as the Public Relations Student Society of America, Lambda Pi Eta, and Forensics. Also student participation in the Collaborative Crisis Communication Project, PR Cases and Campaigns, and the Communication Capstone were mentioned. Also recognized were the graduating seniors and students making the Dean's List.
Congratulations to the recipients of the 2015 Department's major awards.
The Lambda Pi Eta Member of the Year Award was awarded to Ashley Bronson (not present to receive).
The Glenn D. Smith Outstanding Student in Communication Award was presented by Dr. Nelle Bedner to Morgan Shipman.
The Alma O. Corley Outstanding Student in Public Relations Award was presented by Dr. Bedner to Winston Meyer.
The Chair's Award was presented by Dr. Bedner to Kara Suitt.
The Department of Communication strives to do the following:
Our degree programs combine theory and practical application in the areas of organizational, interpersonal, and public communication, rhetorical studies, and public relations.
Students select from a progressive and robust curriculum that meets their individual educational needs and career goals.
Students enhance their studies by participating in internships with for-profit and non-profit organizations in the community and inside and outside of the state.
Students participate in service-learning projects, developing crisis communication plans and public relations campaigns for different groups.
Our graduates are employed by organizations around the world, working as communication specialists, public relations professionals, and educators. Other graduates work for government and civic-related organizations, and some own and operate their own businesses.
The department is home to the Mu Theta Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta national communication honors society, twice recognized as national chapter-of-the-year.
The department has an active chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. The chapter often hosts professional workshops as well as a speaker series featuring prominent PR professionals.
The department houses the UCA Forensics team, which has scholarships available for students majoring or minoring in Communication or Public Relations. Look for the application on the UCA Department of Communication web page, or contact the chair of the department for additional information.