Top Students: Outstanding Student Award Recipients


Each year the Communication Department presents an award to an Outstanding Junior and Senior for academic and professional excellence. The 2012 Outstanding Junior is Tamika Tompoulidis. The Department of Communication is honoring four Outstanding Seniors this year: Courtney Aubrey, Evan Gorman, Elizabeth Pawley and Catherine Rembrandt. This scholarship award is open to all junior and senior communication students to apply. The award winners were selected by an undergraduate relations committee.



Outstanding Junior Award Winner 

Tamika Tompoulidis 

Tamika Tompoulidis, a native of Middletown, Ohio, is the Department of Communication’s Outstanding Junior.  She currently serves as president of the Communication Student Association and Deputy Chief of Promotions in UK Student Government. Tompoulidis has been listed on the Dean’s List Honor Role since the fall 2010 semester.

During the 2011-2012 academic school year, Tompoulidis was a Chellgren Research Fellow, working with Dr. Brandi Frisby on communication-related research. Her emphasis on interpersonal communication has given her experience in public speaking, taking on leadership roles and understanding methods of persuasion.

Tompoulidis plans to fulfill a master’s degree in communication and aspires to become a professor in communication.




Outstanding Senior Award Winners

Courtney Aubrey

Courtney Aubrey, a communication senior, is currently serving as the Communication Honors Society Co-President and is working as Research Assistant in healthcare communication research under Dr. Kevin Real. Aubrey is serving as an Instructional Communication Apprentice where she prepares lessons and teaches one lecture in a Workplace Communications course. She also works as a peer tutor at UK’s Multimodal Communication Consulting Center.  Aubrey has been listed on the Dean’s List since 2009.

The Louisville, Ky. native plans to use her emphasis in media communication to pursue a career in media and public relations with an athletic team.




Evan Gorman 

Evan Gorman, a Sturgis, Ky. native, is a health communication senior. He is currently serving as an intern for WLEX-18 News where he shadows newsroom producers, anchors and reporters. Gorman is a tutor in UK’s Multimodal Communication Consulting Center, working with students in speech development and delivery, leading workshops covering communication topics and visiting classrooms to promote the lab. He is also serving as a teaching assistant for Dr. Allison Scott where he assists finding media clips, composes exam questions and teaches two lectures throughout the semester.

Gorman was listed on the Dean’s List for the fall 2011 and spring 2012 semesters. He is committed to using his communication background to help people in whatever career path he takes upon graduation.




Elizabeth Pawley

Elizabeth Pawley is a senior studying interpersonal communication with a minor in psychology. The Cecilia, Ky. native will graduate in May 2013 with plans to become a career counselor for students facing uncertainty in their professional future. Pawley is currently an intern with Court Appointed Special Advocates where she assists in the planning, marketing and development of fundraising events for a small non-profit agency and shadows in a social work-related realm, observing children who are paired with a volunteer advocate to speak for them in court. She currently holds office as the DanceBlue team relations chair where she is responsible for recruiting and registering participants for UK’s DanceBlue Marathon.

Pawley is the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority philanthropy and service director, is an active member of the Communications Honor Society and maintains a 4.0 GPA.



Catherine Rembrandt 

Catherine Rembrandt, a native of Charleston, W.V., is a corporate communications senior working toward a business administration minor. She is serving as Co-President and Philanthropy Chair for the Communication Honors Society and is currently an intern with the Susan G. Komen Lexington Affiliate where she assists in preparing for the organization’s annual race, maintains the organization’s social media and website, and works with the executive director to discuss corporate partnerships. Rembrandt was also honored as the Communication Department outstanding junior for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Rembrandt will graduate in May 2013 with plans of using her communication degree within a human resources position to ultimately become a human resources director and CEO. Her communication background will enable her to influence organizations, communities, individuals, society and her own personal relationships.