Communication Studies 2014-15 Scholarships Announced: Four Graduate Students Win Top HonorsImage of

2014-15 Scholarships Announced: Four Graduate Students Win Top Honors

The Colorado State University Department of Communication Studies has announced the recipients of its 2014-15 scholarship awards.

Shana Makos and Jena Schake

Shana Makos and
Jena Schake

Second-year graduate students Shana Makos and Jena Schwake have each won a prestigious Gordon F. Hostetler Memorial Scholarship for outstanding scholarly achievement. This endowed scholarship was established in the memory of Gordon Hostettler, who served as Chair of the Department from 1966 to 1975. Makos studies organizational and interpersonal communication. Her thesis will examine peer health education. Schwake studies rhetoric and civic engagement. Her thesis examines the rhetorical tactics of the Columbine Memorial in Littleton, Colo. Both intend to graduate in May 2015 and pursue PhD programs.

Second year graduate student Kacey Bull is this year’s recipient of the department’s annual National Communication Association academic membership award for scholarly excellence. Bull, one of the first of three graduate students in the department’s new “deliberation track,” assists the Center for Public Deliberation with projects, trainings and research. She intends to graduate in May 2015.

Savannah Downing

Savannah Downing

First-year graduate student Savannah Downing is this year’s recipient of the Haskins Scholarship, which recognizes an incoming Graduate Teaching Assistant. She studies rhetoric and civic engagement. “I’m honored and delighted to have been selected for this award because it acts as an affirmation of the effort I have put into my studies, and it means so much to have others take note of that,” Downing says.

The department’s scholarship committee nominates and selects award recipients each fall.