Department of Communication Studies holds awards ceremony
By: Elizabeth Guajardo
The Department of Communications held their annual awards ceremony in the O.A. Grant building on May 4.
Department Head Dr. Christopher Gearhart started the ceremony by presenting the Outstanding Film Maker Award to Jimena Espinosa. Espinosa received this award for her film “The Good Days” which was displayed at the Tarleton Student Film and Media Fest earlier this semester.
Journalism Instructor, TNS coordinator and Director of the Texan Center for Community Journalism, Austin Lewter, presented the Outstanding TNS staff member award to Sierra Wells, the managing editor at TNS for her hard work and dedication throughout the school year.
Assistant Professor Dr. Cessna Winslow presented the award for Public Relations and Social Engagement to Faith Branch.
Communications Instructor, Prairie Edres-Parnell, presented the Outstanding Student Award for the Fort Worth campus to Heather Stewart.
Gearhart then presented The Outstanding Public Relations and Communications award to Robin Hardin and three more awards to students who were not present. The Outstanding Tarleton Sports Network Intern was presented to Adam Goodman. The Outstanding undergraduate was presented to Emily Hoog. The Outstanding graduate award was presented to Lauryn Harris.
Communications Professor and Director of the Rural Communications Institute, Dr. Jennifer Edwards presented the Outstanding Texas Social Media Research Institute and Rural Communications Institute award to Anna Laurent.
“After not being able to hold our student awards for a couple of years it was rewarding to see the students and their parents, siblings, partners, and even children be able to celebrate their achievements,” Gearhart said. “I think everyone enjoyed the event that our terrific faculty and staff put together. These award-winning students represent just a small portion of the great students we have in Communication Studies.”
For more information related to Communication Studies go to https://www.tarleton.edu/communications/index.html.