The second annual School of Communication Studies (COMM) Senior Scholars Award was presented at the â€œSpotlight on Senior Scholarsâ€ event on November 8 to acknowledge studentsâ€™ academic success and potential for excellence in the future. Forty-two students were honored for their hard work and dedication. Three international students, Yiwen Zhang, Xuehai Jiang and Nada Alshibil, were honored for their academic success. To receive an award, a student needed to be nominated by a COMM faculty member.
Keynote speaker, Dr. George E. Cheney addressed post graduation plans for seniors in his â€œNow What Am I Going To Do?â€ presentation. Two COMM Studies master's graduates Bethany Frampton and Jason Sabo spoke about their own success stories. Frampton and Sabo discussed how graduate school impacted them, emphasizing the idea that everyone has a different path but graduate school prepared them to get to where they are today.
Senior communication studies major Yiwen Zhang is from China and will be graduating in December 2012. She has applied for the graduate program in communication studies for spring 2013 and looks forward to this next stage in her life.
â€œI am very proud to receive a Senior Scholars Award. I think this is the best recognition of my work in my undergraduate program,â€ Zhang said. â€œThis Senior Scholars Award is a landmark and will lead me to do better work in the future.â€
Senior organizational communication major Xuehai Jiang is also a native from China and will be graduating this December. Jiang has applied for several graduate schools to continue her education.
â€œThis award is an honor for me because as an international student I have been through some difficult times with my major studies,â€ said Jiang. â€œIt may be easy for a native student to study communication, but for international students it is hard to use the second language to study.â€
â€œIt is already a great achievement for anyone who can receive this recognition, it is even more so for an international student who usually struggles with language and culture whose family lives far away,â€ said Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator for the School of Communication Studies Mei Chen Lin.
â€œIt goes to show that these international students really excelled in the program,â€ said Lin. â€œWe really respect their persistence and determination to succeed in a foreign country; it is an honor to have them here.â€