Each year the Communication Department presents an award to an Outstanding Junior and Senior for academic and professional excellence. The Outstanding Senior for 2014-2015 is Christa Blackwell. The Outstanding Junior is Corbin Bailey. This year the department also named its first recipient of the Harrington Award, created by Professor Nancy Grant Harrington. The 2014-2015 Harrington Award winner is Alexis Pullia.
Outstanding Senior: Christa Blackwell
Christa joined the workforce in 2007 as a staff member in UK’s Human Resources office. In 2011 she began working in the College of Health Sciences’ Department of Clinical Sciences, where she has since served as an administrative assistant to the Chair. In addition to these responsibilities she has excelled academically as a Communication Major, with a concentration in Health Communication. She has a pristine overall GPA of 4.0 and expects to graduate in December of this year. Christa is active in current research, having already presented at several conferences, working with faculty in the College of Health Sciences and the College of Dentistry, in addition to our own Dr. Matthew Savage and Dr. Allison Scott. Christa also serves on the UK Women’s Forum Committee, UK Sarah Bennett Holmes Committee, and on the PTA at Veterans Park Elementary School. Christa has specific plans for how she will use her Communication degree. “The things that I have learned through my communication degree have helped me be more aware of my surroundings and the differences within groups of people I am in contact with. I also hope to use this degree to pursue my dream of a career in health administration. To do this I need to obtain my master’s of health administration. I hope to get into the program here at UK and utilize connections and networks that I have been able to obtain through my undergraduate education. I hope to become a healthcare administrator to continue to encourage health literacy through routine primary care appointments and to promote an open understanding relationship within the patient-provider realm. The patient-provider relationship is one of the most important relationships that one can have.” Congratulations to Christa Blackwell!
Outstanding Junior: Corbin Bailey
Corbin, a native of Union, Kentucky, has become one of our most active students here in the college and campus-wide. He has made the Dean’s list four out of his five semesters here at UK, all while devoting nearly thirty hours per week to various campus and charity organizations. He serves as president of the academic honor society Delta Epsilon Iota here at UK, and is the secretary and treasurer of Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication Honors Society. He is active in the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and serves UK’s Presentation U! as a tutor and a social media and marketing intern. He is an employee of the tech desk at William T. Young Library and was recently a communications intern for the Ronald McDonald House charities. In addition to all of this, he volunteers for his brother’s high school, helping them with bingo and band competitions. Corbin hopes to further his communication education by completing graduate coursework as a University Scholar. He plans to focus future efforts on health communication. “I would love to use this degree to better the healthcare system and add more emphasis on communication in everyday hospital practice.” Congratulations to Corbin!
2015 Harrington Award Recipient: Alexis Pullia
The Harrington Award, created by Communication professor Dr. Nancy Grant Harrington, is a $500 scholarship given to a junior Communication major in the Health Communication track with demonstrated financial need. Congratulations to Alexis!