Casey McCauley – Features Editor
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Seven o’clock marked the start of the Department of Communication’s annual Recognition Reception on Thursday, April 27, with an excitable crowd in attendance.
The reception aims to recognize students within the department that have achieved noteworthy goals throughout their college career.
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Students that are members in extracurricular programs within the department, 3.0 and above seniors and an outstanding senior, chosen by faculty, were all candidates for recognition.
The National Broadcasting Society, Eagle Media Production House, The Clarion Call, Public Relations Student Society of America, American Advertising Federation and the Communication Peer Mentor Program members were candidates for recognition.
Dr. Lacey Fulton, Professor Bill Adams and Department Chair Dr. Myrna Kuehn all organized the annual event, along with student workers Casey McCauley and Gloria Pytlak. “As a communication student, event planning could be a major part of a professional job that I have someday. All that we put into planning this has given me so much experience and has better prepared me for what’s to come in my field. I’m very thankful for the experience,” said McCauley.
A second home to many of the close-knit communication majors, Studio B in Becker Hall was decorated with festive blue and yellow streamers, balloons and tablecloths.
Of the students awarded, senior strategic communication major, Katie Hillman, went home with this year’s Outstanding Senior award.
“I’m very honored and grateful that I was chosen. It definitely took me by surprise, but I appreciate it greatly. I’m so thankful for all of the opportunities that I’ve been given to me through the Department of Communication, and it’s great to be recognized for just doing what I love,” said Hillman.
Senior strategic communication major, Katlyn Reesman, also received several awards, including 3.0 and above, PRSSA secretary and Communication Peer Mentor Program certificates.
“It’s a great event because not only does it give people the recognition they deserve, but it’s an opportunity to bring everyone in the department together,” said Reesman.
When students weren’t applauding their fellow classmates, they were busy enjoying the delicious food provided by Chartwell’s Catering, including Swedish meatballs, vegetable and fruit trays and plenty of desserts available.
Dr. Naomi O’Neil ended the evening with an inspiring presentation to send the seniors off with some encouraging words of advice. Laughter, applause and hugs filled the evening as students and professors celebrated honorable achievements.