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WTAMU Mass Comm Students Recognized for Achievements

May 8, 2017

CONTACT:    Dr. Trudy Hanson, 806-651-2800, thanson@wtamu.edu

WTAMU Mass Comm Students Recognized for Achievements

 

CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M’s Department of Communication celebrated student achievements with an end-of-year awards night for both undergraduate and graduate students who are communication studies or mass communication majors.

The following awards were presented in the area of mass communication.

Advertising Public/Relations Awards
Amarillo        

Marissa Martinez—Ad/PR Society Member of the Year
Canyon
Makayla Barrientos—Most Outstanding Fundraiser and Outstanding New Buffalo Advertising Team Member
Lubbock
Annissa Riojas—Best Buffalo Advertising Presenter and Outstanding Returning Buffalo Advertising Team Member
Ferris
Alex Hernandez—Outstanding Returning Buffalo Advertising Team Member
Vietnam
Anh Nguyen— Outstanding New Buffalo Advertising Team Member

Bateman Team Award
Amarillo
Shea Johnson
Korbin Richardson
Canyon
Bailey Stickle
Corona, Calif.
Stephanie Sanchez
Frenship
Ashley Sandlin

Eternal Flame Awards
Albuquerque, N.M.
Christian Lucero
Amarillo
Abby Betts
Gavin Nesbitt
Bailey Stickle
Sarah Young
Burnet
Chase Mardis
Frenship
Ashley Sandlin
La Harpe
Keli Lee
McLean
Kiersten Newton

KWTS Spring Staff Awards
Amarillo

Hunter McKinney—Most Improved On-Air Personality
Canyon
Ryan Money—KWTS Staff Excellence Award
Baltimore, Md.
Ashley Venable—KWTS Rookie of the Year
Frenchtown, N.J.
Keith Augustine
Hereford
Anna Parsons
Alyssa Taylor
Midland
Tim Rivera
Maclear, South Africa
Judy Papenfus
Tuscon, Ariz.
Alexis Ranieri

The Office of Student Engagement and Leadership received the KWTS Underwriter of the Year Award. “Unsportsmanlike Conduct” was named the Best Special Show.

KWTS fall staff members include Dane Glenn, Frank Navarrete and Victor Villagran, Amarillo; Shannon Walton, Canyon; Anna Parsons and Alyssa Taylor, Hereford; and Aaron Becker, Perryton. Randy Ray, director of broadcast engineering, announced the following special shows for fall 2017: Morning Show—The Three Amigos, Que Paso Canyon, Clubhouse, 8-Bit Boombox, Two Hour Two Step, Unsportsmanlike Conduct, The Power Block, the Rocket and Psychotic Reaction.

WTTVAwards
Amarillo

Miranda Perez
Arlington
Will McAffee
Fort Worth
Charity Garrison
Frenchtown, N.J.
Keith Augustine
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tran Nguyen
Levelland
Caytlin Pichla
Maclear, South Africa
Judy Papenfus
Stinnett
Kelia Valdez

WTTV fall, 2017 staff members include Dane Glenn, Keith Augustine, Kelia Valdez, Will McAfee, and Tran Nguyen.

LIVE Crew Award
Frenchtown, N.J.
Keith Augustine—Outstanding Crew Member

The AJ Swope Legacy award was presented to Miranda Perez. The Leigh Browning Broadcasting Student of the Year went to KTWS General Manager, Tim Rivera.

The Prairie Awards
Amarillo

Jasmin Ruiz—Permanent Volunteer Award
Canyon
Natalia Molina—Photographer of the Year
Channing
Callie Shipley—Reporter of the Year
Flower Mound
Alli Smith—Ace of Initiative Award
Friona
Jonathan Espinoza—Outstanding Leadership Award
Minden Iowa
Austin Heinen—Sports Reporter of the Year
Panhandle
Will Amos—Entertainment Writer of the Year
Paradise
Gabriel Silvas—Entertainment Writer of the Year
Vega
Jaci Wagner—Outstanding Practicum Award

National Broadcasting Society Awards were presented to outgoing officers Tim Rivera, Tran Nguyen, Charity Garrison, Keith Augustine, Miranda Perez, Katherine Webb, Will McAfee and Caytlin Pichla. Incoming NBS officers include Tran Nguyen, will McAfee, Alyssa Taylor, Anna Parsons, Kelia Valdez, Dymyll Jones, Charity Garrison, and Frank Navarrete. Tim Rivera won the Outstanding Leadership Award. Anna Parsons was named the chapter Rookie of the Year, and Miranda Perez was named the NBS Member of the Year.

GPA Awards
Alvarado

Kylee Douglass—Top GPA, electronic media
Canyon
Jay Mudge— Top GPA, public relations/advertising/applied communication
Kristie Rose—Top GPA, electronic media
Erin Westermann— Top GPA, public relations/advertising/applied communication
Channing
Callie Shipley—Top GPA, broadcast journalism
Hereford
Alyssa Taylor—Top GPA, electronic media
Fritch
Kristina Burgin—Top GPA, public relations/advertising/applied communication
Lebanon, N.H.
Jacob Armstrong—Top GPA, electronic media

All graduating MCOM seniors must design and submit a website portfolio that includes the work they have completed over their college career.  In Ad/PR, Keli Lee’s portfolio received the outstanding award, in broadcast journalism, Abby Betts received the outstanding portfolio award and in electronic media, Alyssa Taylor received the outstanding portfolio award.

The Gender Studies Certificate Program Book award went to broadcast journalism major Abby Betts for her efforts in getting an identifying plaque added to the Mollie Goodnight statue on campus.

All graduating seniors received a carved wooden buffalo to celebrate their achievements. The Mass Communication program is housed within the WTAMU Department of Communication which is part of the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities.

 

—WTAMU—


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