Student Awards

Department of Communication Studies

Undergraduate Student Awards

Rachel Vaca, Paige Rainforth, Sarah Escamilla, Christine Luckasen, Brenda Kelly, and Amy Guziec (pictured with Dr. Amanda Holman) honored for presenting student research at conferences during the 2015 Communication Studies Awards Ceremony

Rev. Marion Sitzmann, O.S.B. Award for Excellence in Rhetoric

This is the top academic award given to a Communication Studies Major who is a graduating senior, also known as "Senior of the Year."

1992   Richard J. Rischling

1993   Amy L. Leinen

1994   Shannon L. Mack

1995   Tara M. Diamond

1996   Maria K. Threadgold

1997   Jodi M. Fougeron & Michele K. Moluf

1998   Kathleen Pratt

1999   Angela Merksick & Anne Svoboda

2000   Janine E. Jham

2001   Jennifer Parker

2002   Grant Mussman

2003   Angelina Walls

2004   Micah Kiel

2005   Sarah Dobel

2006   Callie Schons

2007   Lucija Bajzer

2008   Abigail Baumann & Elizabeth Fassbender

2009   Ashley Hinck & Joseph De Guzman

2010   Lydia Reinig & Tammy Williams

2011   Alicia Runge

2012   Shirley Cemaj & Megan Welch

2013   Rachel Gulden & Diana Criser Burns

2014   Tammy Potter

2015   Sarah Escamilla & Melanie Rhode

2016   Kerri Delaney

Outstanding Paper

This is an award given to the outstanding submitted paper in a Communication Studies course.

2004   Elizabeth Blasberg

2005   Heidi Click

2006   Jacob Meusch

2007   Elizabeth Fassbender & Beth Woodward

2008   Ashley Hinck & Tammy Williams

2009   Lydia Reinig

2011   Diana Criser-Burns

2012   Matt Carnazzo & Toni Freilich

2013   Michael Kotrous

2014   Chelsea Balzer

2015   Courtney Batterson

2016   Danny Steiner & Jaimee Bodtke

Rookie of the Year

This is an award given to a declared Communication Studies major with 12 hours or fewer of Communication Studies coursework.

2012   Kathy Kampschnieder

2013   Erin Huerter & Gabrielle Bruckner

2014   Sinead Gaffney & Danny Steiner

2015   Laura Blenkush & Brenda Jano-Coleman

2016   Kenzi Pavlak

Major of the Year

This is an award given to a declared Communication Studies major who has more than 12 hours, but who is not a graduating senior.

2012   Diana Criser-Burns & Rachel Gulden

2013   Kate Vazquez & Marge Redding

2014   Amy Guziec & Jennifer Cunningham

2015   Kerri Delaney & John Rumbaugh

2016   Amanda Mazzone & Laura Blenkush

Communication Spirit Award

This is an award given to a graduating senior who embodies the spirit of both the academic and service missions of the Department of Communication Studies.

2012   Reva Aguilar & Michael Mutcheson

2013   Annelise Ewing, Mary McGroarty, & Mike Kelly

2014   Carli Tritz & Westin Givens

2015   Erin Browne, Jennifer Cunningham, & Amy Guziec

2016   Devin O'Dowd & Brenda Kelly

COM 101 Eloquentia Perfecta Award

This is an award given to the outstanding video project submitted from the student's COM 101 course.

2016   Hailee Domagalski

Outstanding Project

This is an award given to the outstanding submitted project in a Communication Studies course.

2014   Kathleen Vazquez

2015   Paige Rainforth

2016   Katie Maquire