Congratulations to Hope’s 2020 Class of Communication Majors!

Two months ago, the Communication Department celebrated the graduation of our senior class! As we continue to celebrate our students’ graduations—albeit digitally and from afar—we are encouraged by their steadfast hope, especially in difficult times.

Each spring semester, Communication Department faculty award several department and campus-wide honors to outstanding students. This is a particularly meaningful part of our academic rhythm as we celebrate students’ learning, research, initiative, and accomplishments–within our community and beyond.

While we anticipate celebrating with all students in the future, we wanted to take this two-month graduation anniversary to digitally recognize these award-winning students for their achievements.

J. Ackerman Coles Award in Communication: Awarded to the student who has demonstrated continuing interest and excellence in communication studies. The Communication Department celebrates Cy M. Balk and Kayla Lang as the 2020 recipients of the J. Ackerman Coles Award in Communication!

Theodore Nielsen Award: An award given in honor of retired communication professor, Ted Nielsen, to the student who represents the best news and feature practice and judgment. The Communication Department celebrates Ben Douma as the 2020 recipient of the Theodore Nielsen Award!

A.A. Raven Prize in Communication: Awarded to the student who best demonstrates excellence in communication through leadership and/or the effective presentation of issues of public significance. The Communication Department celebrates Emily Wolfe as the 2020 recipient of the A.A. Raven Prize in Communication.

M. Harold Mikle Prize for Communication: Awarded annually to the graduating senior whose record reflects academic excellence, superior skills as a presentational speaker, and extensive all-college leadership accomplishment. The Communication Department celebrates Cassidy Merten as the 2020 recipient of the campus-wide M. Harold Mikle Prize for Communication.

Lambda Pi Eta Book Award: Awarded to the senior communication major who has the highest grade point average in the discipline. The Communication Department celebrates Cassidy Merten as the 2020 recipient of the Lambda Pi Eta Book Award.

NCA Junior Award: Awarded to a junior communication major who has demonstrated excellence in communication studies and an interest in continuing communication research and/or graduate study. The Communication Department celebrates Kaleigh McKee as the 2020 recipient of the NCA Junior Award.

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