Joplin, MO (SNS) – The Communication Department rolled out the red carpet during its annual awards ceremony held April 8 at Missouri Southern State University.
The Hollywood-style event was planned, coordinated and hosted by students as part of a project for their capstone class. Kristen Livingston – an assistant professor of communication – was recognized as the Communication Department Teacher of the Year for 2014-15.
Faculty members awarded students the following certificates:
KGCS-TV awards (presented by Judy Stiles):
Certificates of Appreciation – Brianna Allen, Oswego, Kan.; Makenzie Copeland, Carthage, Mo.; Deidra Morris, Carl Junction, Mo.; Alexander Bryant, Joplin.
Volunteer of the Year – Zachary Dodge, La Russell, Mo.
The Chart awards (presented by Olive Sullivan):
All Around Excellence – Brad Stout, editor in chief, Neosho, Mo.
Biggest Go-Getter – John Davidson, managing editor, Ash Grove, Mo.
Most Improved – Ian Taylor, sports editor, Lees Summit, Mo.
Outstanding Community Reporting – Kjersti McDonald, arts and features editor, Galena, Kan.
Outstanding Web Design – Robin Fjelstad, Goodman, Mo.
Step-Up Award – Molly Schons, second semester director of photography, Webb City, Mo.
Best Outreach – Terri-Lynn Frasher, first semester director of photography, Seneca, Mo.
Best Newcomer, Sports – Matthew Barney, sports, Joplin.
Best Voice – Kelvin Duley II, sports writer, Kansas City, Mo.
Best Newcomer, News – Aaron Weatherford, reporter, Springdale, Ark.
Participation – Kylie Ackerson, entertainment reporter, Joplin.
Participation – Levi Andrew, photographer, Joplin.
Outstanding Sports Photography – Kristen Stacy, photographer, Joplin.
John Davidson has also been named a finalist for Missouri College Media Association Journalist of the Year, which will be announced on April 11.
Crossroads magazine awards (presented by Rhonda Clark)
Superior service recognition – Jeremy Jones, assistant editor, El Dorado Springs, Mo.; and Taylor Kubicek, art director, Joplin.
Associate editors – Levi Andrew, Bethany Courtney, Molly Greer and Kristen Stacy, all of Joplin; Adelie Campbell, Mount Vernon, Mo.; Natalie Cossey, Carthage, Mo.; Molly Schons, Webb City, Mo.; and Aaron Weatherford, Springdale, Ark.
PRSSA awards (presented by Shanna Slavings)
Executive Board All-Star – Morgan LaDawn, Ash Grove, Mo.
Star Member – Daya Davenport, Joplin.
Star New Members – Taylor Best, Joplin; and Jada James, Florissant, Mo.
Best Campaign (new member dinner) – Morgan LaDawn.
Outstanding Volunteer – Parker Richardson, Nevada, Mo.
Ultimate PSA Award – Jodi Cantrell, Aurora, Mo.
Outstanding Members – Hannah Ishmael, Sand Springs, Okla.; and Jeremy Jones, El Dorado Springs, Mo.