School Honors Top Students at Scholarships and Awards Reception | Kent State University
Donor Stephanie Smith (center) celebrates with the recipient, a communication studies student, of the Arnold & Dorothy Danes Book Scholarship which is named in honor of her parents.
Members of the Infante family attended the annual Scholarships and Awards Reception to bestow the Dr. Dominic A. Infante Communication Scholarship to an international graduate student.

School Honors Top Students at Scholarships and Awards Reception

Student Organizations, Faculty Members Earn Accolades for Work During 2017-2018 Academic Year

The Kent State University School of Communication Studies (COMM) hosted its annual Scholarships and Student Awards Reception on Friday, April 20, with nearly 80 students, parents, donors, faculty and staff members in attendance.

 

The ceremony celebrated the successful academic year of the school’s top undergraduate and graduate students, including 16 scholarship recipients, the officers of COMM student organizations and graduate student award honorees. Several faculty members were recognized for their efforts, as well.
 

2018 Scholarships & Student Awards

Undergraduate Student Scholarships and Winners

Michael Dubetz Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students who exhibit strong leadership and personal achievement.

Ashley Lamatrice

 

The Feezel Family Scholarship for Global Studies

This scholarship is awarded to students interested in intercultural communication and are participating in a Kent State University sponsored study abroad program.

Melanie Talbot

 

School of Communication Studies Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students in recognition of their academic achievement.

Delaney Cordova

 

School of Communication Studies Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students who exhibit strong scholarly effort and/or service.

Jessie Roos

Kailey Baca

 

Rebecca & Alan Rubin Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students who exhibit strong academic performance, motivation, character, ability, and potential.

Eunice Reyes

 

Arnold & Dorothy Danes Book Scholarship

This scholarship is a book award presented to a global communication studies student who has demonstrated academic excellence and interest in being a citizen of the world through knowledge and action.

Elisa DeRose

 

Garmon-Murvay Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a junior communication studies student who clearly demonstrates the importance of communication studies as a discipline and proves that the program has influenced the their view of the world beyond Kent, Ohio.

Caitlyn Heslet

 

Nancy E. Mitchell Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship honors a junior with a sustained record of academic excellence, a consistent record of community service, and effective leadership.

Michael Gallagher II

 

Undergraduate Student Organizations and Officers

Kent Communication Society

President, Katherine Vanke

Vice President, Carson Munn

Treasurer, Anna Stanke

Secretary, Miranda Fothergill

PR & Advertising, Abby Farabaugh

Social Media, Brooke Johnson

 

Lambda Pi Eta

National Communication Association Honor Society

Presented by

President, Jennifer Cobb

Vice President, Emily Hoffner

Secretary, Miranda Fothergill

Treasurer, Erin Swanson

 

Graduate Student Scholarships and Awards

Dr. D. Ray and Susanne E. Heisey Endowed International Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is awarded to an international communication studies master’s student who came directly from his/her native country to study at Kent State University.

Nahla Bendefaa

 

Dr. Dominic A. Infante Communication Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a student for their second year of the communication studies master’s program who is on schedule for completing the master’s degree and appears to be a good prospect for matriculating into a Ph.D. program.

Nahla Bendefaa

 

School of Communication Studies Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students in recognition of their academic achievement.

Olivia Watson

 

James Mignerey Collegiality Award

This award recognizes collegiality, leadership, and community-building amongst the graduate students in communication studies.

Olivia Watson

 

Outstanding Master’s Student Award

This award is given to a Master’s student who has earned a high GPA, considered excellent by the faculty, has demonstrated satisfactory progress towards degree completion, and is actively involved in the School.

Elaina Eakle

 

Outstanding Master’s Student Teaching Award

This award is given to a master’s student who has demonstrated exemplary performance in teaching.

Kelsey Phillips

 

Outstanding Doctoral Student Teaching Award

This award is given to a doctoral student who has demonstrated exemplary performance in teaching.

William Kelvin

 

Communication Graduate Student Association Officers

President, Carrie Winters

Co-Vice Presidents, Gretchen Weger & Kelli Johnston

Secretary, Kelsey Phillips

Treasurer, Kristen Parry

Mentoring & Social Chair, Erica Batyko

Co-Research & Information Chairs, Kelsey Phillips & Zach Humphries

Co-Graduate Student Senate Representatives, Gretchen Weger & Daniel Smith

Graduate Student Senate Representative for CGSA, Nahla Bendefaa

Undergraduate Representative for CGSA, Erica Batyko

 

Faculty Recognition Awards

Dr. Larry Hugenberg Faculty Mentoring Award

Paul Haridakis, Ph.D.

 

Outstanding Part-Time Instructor Award

Sharon Storch

 

Distinguished Service Award

J. David Trebing, Ph.D.