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Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Hosts 2010 Awards Celebration and Banquet

The Event, Titled "Diversity, Faith and Leadership: A New Kind of Corporate," Honors Distinguished CCPA Students

by Michelle Yoby (B.A. CCPA '10)
The Division of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs (CCPA) held its annual awards banquet honoring distinguished CCPA students at the Meadows Museum on April 15. The motto for the evening was “Diversity, Faith and Leadership: A New Kind of Corporate.” Dr. Mark McPhail, chair, welcomed the guests and introduced the mistress of ceremonies, Christene Dino. Dino, an accomplished graduating senior, has been involved with many organizations on campus including the SMU Debate Team and Golden Key International Honor Society.

Awards went to a select number of graduating seniors in the Division. The first award, Outstanding Academic Achievement, went to Caitlin Sherrill. Sherrill is a member of the Robert Stewart Hyer Society, student consultant for mustangconsulting and recipient of the Bauer Scholarship.

Allison Owens was named the Outstanding CCPA Student in Nonprofit Management. Owens is an intern with Dallas Farmers Market, vice president of programming for the SMU chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America and assistant to a Dallas area event planner.

Kathryn Carr received the award for Outstanding CCPA Student in Corporate Communications. Carr is a volunteer for President George Bush and a student consultant for mustangconsulting and was an intern for The White House (fall 2007).

The last award went to Hadley Walker. She was named the Outstanding CCPA Student in Public Affairs. Walker is a University Scholar and member of the Golden Key International Honor Society and interned with Tory Burch LLC (summer 2009).

Communications scholarship recipients were also announced. The CCPA Advisory Board Scholar Award went to Leela Harper, the Stan Levenson Honorary Scholar Award went to Jieun Pyun and the Douglas Bauer Incentive Scholars were Derek Hubbard, Jieun Pyun and Chelsea Reckell. Also, the Division had six new initiates in Kappa Tau Alpha, the communications honor society. The honored students were Melissa Broussard, Maggie Easterlin, Elizabeth Gillis, Amanda Holyfield, Kelsey Howard and Meredith Robertson.

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