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Department of Communication Success Stories

Department of Communication

Success Stories

•  The Department of Communication received reaffirmation of its accreditation from the American Communication Association  through March 2020.
•  The Department of Communication inducted four outstanding alumni for its inaugural Communication Hall of Fame banquet in September 2103 and hosted ABC reporter Claire Shipman as the keynote speaker.
•  The One Sessions production of Zach Wilkerson’s studio concert received 13 Telly Awards.
•  The Buffalo Advertising Team received first place for its Media Plan at District competition.
•  Advertising/Public Relations major Alex Montoya received a Gilman scholarship for an internship in China.
•  MCOM majors won a total of 13 Addy Awards from the American Advertising Federation.
•  Dr. Butler Cain was named the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Advisor of the Year, as well as receiving the Advisor of the Year award from the CORE Office.
•  Dr. Emily Kinsky was named Advisor of the Year by the National Broadcasting Society. Dr. Kinsky also “pioneered” the use of Google Glass in teaching our New Media course. Dr. Kinsky was also selected as an Edelman Public Relations selected to participate in the Edelman Academic Summit this summer with only 74 other professors from around the world.
•  WTAMU’s Forensics Team tied for 20th place at the National American Forensics Association Tournament.
•  The university newspaper (The Prairie) won 20 awards at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association
•  WTAMU’s Mass Communication program was one of 10 university programs who took part in the 24 hour Global News Relay.  The Global News Relay featured colleges in the United Kingdom, Malaysia, India, Dubai, Jakarta, Norway, Australia and the United States.
•  The Communication Freshman Seminar class participated in a service learning project that resulted in over $600 in donations for Doc Hendley’s Wine2Water project.
•  The annual WTAMU Storytelling festival hosted internationally acclaimed teller Laura Simms in a series of performances, bringing in over 400 elementary school children from across the Panhandle.