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Communication Day

Communication Day, or "Comm Day," takes place annually at the end of Spring semester to celebrate the achievements of our undergraduate and graduate students alongside the faculty who support them. Some of the features of this annual event are the Speakers Spotlight, the Grazier Lecture, and the Awards Banquet.


COMMUNICATION ("COMM") DAY 2019 - April 26th, 2019

Comm Day 2019 will take place on April 26th. Below is a breakdown of the activities planned.

Time Activity Location
9:15 am – 10:00 am Breakfast (sponsored by Pro-Copy) CIS 3020
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Speaker's Symposium CIS 3020
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch (sponsored by GCA) CIS 3063
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Learning with Hip-Hop
  • Performance by Lemuel Scott
  • Pedagogy Workshop by Marquese McFerguson
CIS 3020
4:00 pm – 5:15 pm Grazier Lecture, followed by Q&A Alumni Center, Traditions Hall
5:15 pm – 6:15 pm Reception Alumni Center, Traditions Hall
6:15 pm – 8:00 pm Awards Banquet Alumni Center, Traditions Hall

COMM DAY 2019 FLYER


Communication Day Graduate Student Awards

Popovich Award

The Popovich Award was created in 1976 through an endowment by Dr. Helen Popovich in memory of her spouse, About Dr. James E. Popovich. Dr. Popovich was the first Chair of the Department and served from 1962 until 1973. 

This award is given each year to an outstanding M.A. student, as determined by the Department's Honors and Awards Committee from faculty nominations.

 

Past Winners:

2018 - Angela Candela
2017 - Erick Viera
2016 - Max Plumpton
2015 - Grace Peters
2014 - Ariane Anderson, Lisa Spinazola
2013 - Magdaline Southard
2012 - Kari Goetz
2011 - Amanda Hargen
2010 - Joanna Bartell
2009 - Dana Schowalter
2008 - Carolina Fernandez
2007 - Christopher McRae
2006 - Leslie Lorenx, Lisa Kuchta
2005 - Abby Arnold, Daniel Blaeuer
2004 - Elizabeth Edgecomb
2003 - Ann Marie Coats, Toni Steed
2002 - Kara Babbitt, Amy Harcar
2001 - Angela M. Day
2000 - Yasmin E. Forlenza
1999 - Penny Ann Phillips, William Jay Baglia
1998 - Bethany C. Goodier, Theresa M. Conrad
1997 - Elena C. Strauman
1996 - Tracy Marafiote
1995 - Jennifer L. Pickman
1994 - Linda Timmerman, Eleni Polopolus
1993 - Tamara Terpstra
1992 - Keith Cherry
1991 - Lori Peterson
1990 - Sandra Ruzycki Blanco
1989 - Paul Gramblin, Laura Sells
1988 - Pam Secklin Diercks
1987 - James Leidy
1986 - Kathleen Sturgis
1984 - Jim Lynch
1983 - Sharon Occhipinti
1982 - Ken Zagacki
1981 - Keith Macksey
1980 - Michael Garko, Ronald Spinka
1979 - Cheryl Chrisohon
1978 - Nancy Locke
1977 - Debbie Gloomis

Bochner Award

The Bochner Award was created in 1991 as a tribute to Arthur P. Bochner, who served as Chairperson of the Department of Communication from July, 1985 to August, 1991; and again from August 1994 to August, 1996. Dr. Bochner was the force behind the development and implementation of the Communication Ph.D. program which enrolled its first students in the Fall semester 1990.

This award is given each year to an outstanding Ph.D. student, as determined by the Department's Honors and Awards Committee from faculty nominations.

 

Past Winners:

2018 - Travis Bell, Amanda LeBlanc
2017 - Nancie Hudson, Meredith Clements
2016 - Lindy Davidson
2015 - Heather Curry, Nathan Hodges
2014 - Kristen Blinne
2013 - Patrick Dillion
2012 - Christopher Patti
2011 - Emily Ryalls
2010 - Daniel Blaeuer
2009 - Jillian Tullis Owen
2008 - Tony Adams, Andrew Herrmann
2007 - Robin Boylorn
2006 - Angela Day
2005 - Nigel Malcolm
2004 - Christine Davis, Deborah Walker
2003 - Cheyanne Vanderdonckt
2002 - William J. Baglia
2001 - Daniel Makagon, Elissa Foster
2000 - Laura L. Ellingson
1999 - Kimberly D. Golombisky
1998 - Zhong Wang
1997 - Alexandra G. Murphy
1996 - Lisa Tillmann-Healy, Janna Jones
1995 - Deborah A. Austin
1994 - Leanne Pupchek
1993 - Tim Simpson
1992 - Laura Sells

Jennifer L. Pickman Award

The Jennifer L. Pickman Award was created in 1998 to commemorate an undergraduate student in the department.

This award is given each year to an outstanding undergraduate student, as determined by the Department's Honors and Awards Committee from faculty nominations.

 

Past Winners:

2018 - Carolyn Holland
2017 - Barbara Stanely
2016 - Brittany Schoen
2015 - Brooks Oglesby
2014 - Sunjay Armstead, Carrie Murawskie, Betsy Sunny, Shelby Swafford
2013 - Leah June, Melissa Miletic
2012 - Sean Lockhart, Cristin Cotton
2011 - Magdaline Southhard
2010 - Leslie Redfield
2009 - Sheena Garth
2008 - Amanda Hargen
2007 - Susan Harrison
2006 - Lindsay Doerr
2005 - Leila Jreisat
2004 - Ellie Weaver
2003 - Amanda Baker, Andrea Vafides
2002 - Dyma Musallam, Natalie Salmon
2001 - Michele Leach
2000 - Ann Marie Coats
1999 - Joy M. McVey
1998 - Karen N. Keene, Susan A. Sullivan

Barney Downs Spirit Award

The Barney Downs Spirit Award was created in 2007 to honor Professor Emeritus Barney Downs' contributions to the department. Dr. Downs is remembered for his contagious positivity and willingness to help all in the department.

This award is given each year to a graduate student who exemplifies community spirit and departmental citizenship, as determined by the Department's Honors and Awards Committee from faculty nominations.

 

Past Winners:

2018 - Ariane Anderson
2017 - Jacob Abraham
2016 - Krystal Bresnahan
2015 - Lisa Pia Zoni Spinazola
2014 - Jennifer Whalen
2013 - Tasha Rennels
2012 - David Purnell, Ellen Klein
2008 - Jillian Tullis Owen

Undergraduate Nader Award

The Nader Award is given to an outstanding Undergraduate student with emphasis in rhetoric, performance, or cultural studies.

This award is given each year to an outstanding Undergraduate student, as determined by the Department's Honors and Awards Committee from faculty nominations.

Past Winners:

2016 - Rachel Kuoro
2014 - Kemp
2012 - Hannah Prince

MA Nader Award

The Nader Award is given to an outstanding MA student with emphasis in rhetoric, performance, or cultural studies.

This award is given each year to an outstanding M.A. student, as determined by the Department's Honors and Awards Committee from faculty nominations.

Past Winners:

2018 - Erick Viera
2017 - Brooks Oglesby
2016 - Max Plumpton
2015 - Ashley Martinez
2014 - Aphrodite Kocieda
2013 - Megan Wood
2012 - Kari Goetz

Outstanding GTA Teaching Award

Past Winners:

2018 - Marquese McFerguson
2017 - Jacob Abraham
2016 - Erin Scheffels
2015 - Krystal Bresnahan
2014 - Heather Curry
2013 - Christopher Patti
2012 - Kristen Blinne, Patrick Dillon

GTA Teaching Award

Past Winners:

2017 - Lisa Pia Zoni Spinazola, Ryan D'Souza
2016 - Alyse Keller, Ariane Anderson
2015 - Tasha Rennels, Alisha Menzies

Graduate communication association (gca) AWARDS

HUB Award

The HUB Award is given to a faculty member who

This award is given each year to an FACULTY MEMBER, as determined by the graduate student body in cooperation with the Graduate Communication Association (GCA).

 

Past Winners:

2018 - Rachel Dubrofsky
2017 - Ambar Basu
2014 - Aisha Durham

Faculty Recognition Award

The Faculty Recognition Award is given to a faculty member who

This award is given each year to an FACULTY MEMBER, as determined by the graduate student body in cooperation with the Graduate Communication Association (GCA).

 

Past Winners:

2018 - Mariaelena Bartesaghi
2016 - Aubrey Huber, Abraham Khan
2015 - Ambar Basu
2014 - Mariaelena Bartesaghi
2013 - Jane Jorgenson
2012 - Mariaelena Bartesaghi
2011 - Ambar Basu
2010 - Stacy Holman Jones
2009 - Rachel Dubrofsky
2008 - Marcy Chvasta
2007 - Michael LeVan
2006 - Janna Jones
2005 - Marcy Chvasta
2004 - Carolyn Ellis
2003 - Stacy Holman Jones
2002 - Jane Jorgenson
2001 - David Payne
2000 - Elizabeth E. Bell 
1999 - Elizabeth E. Bell
1998 - Carolyn S. Ellis
1997 - David Payne
1996 - Arthur P. Bochner, Eric M. Eisenberg
1995 - Eric M. Eisenberg
1994 - Mark Neumann
1993 - Marcha L. Vanderford, Arthur P. Bochner
1992 - Marsha L. Vanderford
1991 - Marsha L. Vanderford, Mark Neumann
1990 - Michael Garko
1989 - David Payne
1988 - Marsha L. Vanderford

GCA Peer Recognition Award

The GCA Peer Recognition Award is given to a student who 

This award is given each year to an graduate student, as determined by the graduate student body in cooperation with the Graduate Communication Association (GCA).

 

Past Winners:

2018 -