The spring winds have nothing on the students in the Department of Applied Communication Studies at SIUE. ACS students are blowing us away this semester!
Dan Schmidt, ACS alumnus and head of the Speech Center on campus, hosted the first “We Are One” Diversity Speech Competition, and it was a tremendous success.
Three of the final four speakers were from the Department of Applied Communication Studies. Christine Shepherd is studying organizational communication and took first place in the competition. McKenzi McClain and Ricky Rush are both studying public relations and placed second and third, respectively.
Later in the week, Kiley Herndon, studying public relations in the ACS Department and the current PRSSA-SIUE Chapter president, was selected as the College of Arts and Sciences student speaker at the Spring 2015 Commencement ceremony.
It doesn’t stop there though. Students in the Department of Applied Communication Studies are also high achieving athletes. Haley Chambers is an interpersonal communication student and pitcher extraordinaire. She recently became the first player in school history to throw two career perfect games. She was also recently featured on a KSDK Channel 5 sports segment.
Wait – there’s more! ACS alumni are also undertaking creative endeavors beyond the SIUE community. ACS alumnus Matt Dye is a trainer at Barry’s Bootcamp in Nashville, Tennessee, and he is currently in the top five to win the November cover of Men’s Health magazine. You can learn more about Matt and the competition and cast your daily vote right here.
Alumna Ariel Weinman is the reigning Miss Rodeo Illinois and will travel the country attending rodeos, parades and special events as an ambassador for the sport of rodeo and promoting the western way of life. Ariel will also take on the role of representative for her home state of Illinois and will work to raise awareness of pediatric cancer. There are multiple sponsorship levels available if you want to support Ariel during her year as Miss Rodeo Illinois.
This spring has been a whirlwind of excitement. Seeing current and former students using their communication skills to achieve their personal and professional goals is exciting, and there are many more ACS alumni out there doing amazing work – I’m just talking about the past few months!
What’s spring got in store for you? Pull up a chair and let’s talk.