2021 LAS Awards
Outstanding Student in Media Studies
Jessica graduated from Ponderosa High School in 2017 and attended Arapahoe Community College before transferring to UCCS in Fall of 2018. She declared the Media Studies track of Communication as her major because of her passion for media analysis. She also has a strong passion for Women’s and Ethnic Studies, which she declared as her minor in 2019. Jessica focuses her academic career around combining Women’s and Ethnic Studies frameworks with Communication theory to analyze media with diversity and social impacts in mind. She completed the Disney College Program in Orlando, Florida during the Fall 2019 semester, which helped her understand the media industry from an inside perspective and learn about mass communication from one of the most well-respected media outlets in the world. Later, she joined the Accelerated Master’s Program in Communication, in which she intends to achieve a Master’s degree in Communication in Spring 2022.
Outstanding Student in Organizational Communication
George is the first person in his family to earn a bachelor’s degree. Twenty years transpired between his associate’s degree and his bachelor’s degree, during which time he spent practicing Human Resources, earning his Professional Human Resources certification in 2002. As Magna Cum Laude, George was accepted as a member of the prestigious Communication Honor Society: Lambda Pi Eta-Delta Gamma. George became a published author in 2018 when one of his poems was published in the Fall issue of October Hill literary magazine. A successful project of George’s included assisting Dr. Nanna Meyer and UCCS’ Grain School in conducting a focus group and with the development of an online offering for greater impact and continued growth.
Outstanding Graduate Student in Communication
Alison Christofferson holds her B.A. from the University of Colorado Boulder in English Literature (2003). After a career working in a variety of fields including radio, fundraising and leadership development, Alison decided to return to school in 2018. Alison selected Communication for her Masters, believing that communication is the key to success or struggle in any organization. Alison has focused her studies on Professional Communication and wrote her thesis, entitled “Communication in Creative Work,” about how creative professionals give each other feedback. Alison was selected as the winner of the UCCS 3MT Competition for her 3-minute presentation summarizing her thesis. During her time at UCCS, Alison worked as a graduate teaching assistant (GTA) to Dr. Erica Allgood, teaching COMM 2100 Public Speaking, as well as working as a research assistant (RA) to Dr. Elena Svetieva, and as the Peer Mentor to Communication Graduate Students. She was also selected as the Outstanding Graduate Student in Communication. Alison plans to someday publish a book on the topic of creativity and communication.
Outstanding Online Student in Communication
Lindsay is the first individual in her family to earn a bachelor’s degree. Lindsay graduated from Glendale High in Springfield, Missouri in 2006 and later attended Ozark Technical Community College. She later returned to college at the age of twenty nine to Pikes Peak Community College, where she earned her Associates of Arts in Elementary Education. She transferred to UCCS in 2019 and began the Inclusive Elementary Education track until the beginning of the Summer semester of 2020, when she decided to change her major to the Online Communication track. Lindsay is honored to have been awarded several grants and scholarships throughout her time at UCCS. During her education, Lindsay has taken part of programs such as the Women’s Community Initiative Program with Leadership Pikes Peak where she had the opportunity to work with Inside Out, a local non-profit supporting LGBTQ youth. Lindsay has worked on the Pikes Peak Community College campuses as an administrative assistant and a lead art gallery assistant. Lindsay has sustained a 3.75 GPA and is thankful for the online tracks available to non-traditional students. During November of 2020, Lindsay started her own copywriting business and currently contracts with two local nonprofits in Colorado Springs. Lindsay is passionate about social justice issues, including inequality and people experiencing homelessness. Her final projects in her Business and Professional Communication and Persuasion courses advocated for low-income housing and funding for people living in poverty. She is hopeful that she will make a difference in her community from academic experiences.”
Outstanding Student in Sports Communication
Andrew came into UCCS as an out-of-state student in 2018, eager to become a valuable, educated man who could embrace our institution that he called home while pursuing his Bachelor’s of Communication. During that time, Andrew not only managed to finish his degree in three years, he also earned himself an FAA Private Pilot certificate, worked on campus both as a barista at the Sanatorium Grounds and as a Peer Leader with the Gateway Program Seminar, but also had the opportunity to commentate both men’s and women’s basketball games, in addition to baseball for UCCS Athletics. He accredits his success at UCCS to his classmates, professors, but most importantly his family and friends who were there for every step of the way and every obstacle he overcame. No matter if it was pulling an all-nighter, helping form study groups, giving a presentation in class, or taking leadership in a group project, the support he could consistently rely on were those close to him throughout his time at UCCS.
Outstanding Student in Strategic Communication
Morgan chose to major in strategic communication after she transferred to UCCS in 2019. After graduation this May, she hopes to work in communication or public relations for a non-profit. Throughout her time at UCCS, Morgan has competed with the Ethics Bowl Team, which works to find ethical solutions to real-world dilemmas. This year she is working as a Student Ethics Ambassador with the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative, helping to promote ethics initiatives on campus. For the past three years, Morgan has worked as a Writing Tutor at Pikes Peak Community College. She loves helping students improve their writing skills and get the resources they need to succeed. Morgan grew up in Colorado, so she loves spending time in the mountains—especially skiing, camping, and hiking.
Outstanding Student in Leadership
Tess Stanton began her journey in communication studies at Pikes Peak Community College as a dual-enrolled high school/college student. She earned an associate degree from PPCC and transferred to UCCS to continue studying Professional Communication on the Leadership track. Tess also began her graduate studies in the Fall 2020 semester as part of the Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Program. She plans to continue working toward her master’s degree, focusing her research on communication pedagogy. She is also excited to teach Public Speaking at UCCS as a Graduate Teaching Assistant starting in the Fall 2021 semester, and she hopes to make a career out of teaching communication. Tess currently works as a peer tutor in the Excel Communication Center and is looking forward to unveiling a media interview training service she developed for the Center as part of her capstone project. She is incredibly grateful for this honor and to all the communication faculty for their endless support, inspiration, and kindness.
Outstanding Student in General Communication
Tatum Tellin graduated from Grapevine High School with a full athletic scholarship to play basketball for the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She has successfully completed all four years of playing collegiate basketball and in her final season she was given the position of team captain. Academically, she has been working towards a communications degree as well as a minor in anthropology and leadership. Over the past four years she has been made the Dean's list each semester and has kept a GPA of 3.7 or higher. For her senior Capstone Project, she has organized a toy, treats and supply drive for the Colorado Springs Humane Society in hope to bring awareness to this nonprofit that does so much good for the community. She has kept busy with school, athletics and extra curriculars over the past four years and is excited to see what the future holds. UCCS has brought her life lessons and lifelong friends that she will be forever grateful for.
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