Honors and Recognitions


The Communication Studies Department offers a variety of opportunities for students to distinguish themselves among their peers, and to receive recognition for their accomplishments. The Communication Studies Department participates in the all-college honors program, enabling students who wish to challenge themselves to take on additional research projects in certain classes. In addition, the department's faculty, recent graduates, and current students have had their work recognized in the a number of ways.

Special Recognitions

Ironhead (2015), a short subject documentary film produced by Dr. Thomas C. Johnson and Neal Abbott '15 [both pictured, above], Shot on high definition video, edited with Final Cut Pro. Runtime: 9 minutes. 2015. Honorable mention for the Walter Ordway Best of Fest Award at the Oneota Film Festival.  Official selection of the Yellowknife International Film Festival, the Fargo Fantastic Film Festival, and the Milwaukee Film Festival.

Hannah Butler ('16) received the "Top Student Paper" award at the 2015 Iowa Communication Association conference for her paper, "College Students’ Disclosure of Mental Health Counseling Utilization."

Dr. Powell became President of the Iowa Communication Association Conference in September 2014.

Seniors Lauren Meintsma ('14) and Jenna Hoge ('14) had senior project research competitively selected for presentation at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (2014).

Seniors Ruonan Zheng ('15) and Neal Abbot ('15) had their Research Methods final papers competitively selected for presentation at the 2014 Iowa Communication Association Conference.

Dr. Wilder was elected as an at-large representative for the National Communication Association Nominating Committee (2013). 

Dr. Wilder was elected as an at-large representative for the Iowa Communication Association Governing Board (2013).

Saving Creativity(2012), a film by Seth Duin '12 and Bailey Cahlander '12 that examines the loss of public funding for the arts, won the Top Student Submission at the Oneota Film Festival held in Decorah. 

Rachel Woolsey ('14) won the top student paper award at the Iowa Communication Association conference, September 2012.

Dr. Powell was elected president of the Iowa Communication Association in 2013.

Jena Schwake ('14), Jessica Edblom ('14) and Maria Ellingson ('14) were honored with the Iowa Communication Association "Recognition of Achievement in Speech Communication" Award at the September 2012 meeting.