Union University presented more than 70 awards to students, faculty and staff at the annual Awards Day chapel service. The Carla D. Sanderson Faculty of the Year Award went to Web Drake, professor of communication arts.
Drake serves as department chair, coordinates the Speech major, and coaches the Union Debate Team.
In his 8 years at Union, Drake has guided the debate team to 3 season-long national championships and 3 championship tournament titles. He has also had multiple tournament and season-long individual award winners. He also chartered the Union Toastmaster’s Club and began the Joseph H. Eaton Speech Competition.
Cam Tracy, Union’s Web-Master, was awarded with the Gary L. Carter Staff of the Year Award. In addition to his work with University Communications, Heit has also served as an adjunct instructor in Communication Arts, teaching classes in the Digital Media Communications program.
The Awards Day chapel, held May 1 in George M. Savage Memorial Chapel, commemorated seniors, students and professors that have shown academic excellence in their studies and teaching.
An academic excellence medal is given to one student from each academic discipline. In order for a student to be eligible for the academic excellence award, the student must have at least a 3.5 GPA in their major courses and must have earned a minimum of 15 hours in their major here at Union, Hopper said.
Communication Arts Academic Excellence Awards:
BROADCAST JOURNALISM: Allison Pulliam
DIGITAL MEDIA COMMUNICATION: David Parks
JOURNALISM: Danica Smithwick
MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS: Rian Trotter
PUBLIC RELATIONS: Elise Watkins
THEATRE: Elizabel Riggs
The Kina S. Mallard Communication Arts Student of the Year Award was presented to Anna Alicia Sails, senior broadcast journalism major and theater minor.