Published: Dec. 15, 2015

Accomplishments by Department of Communication students and faculty.


Brian Barrow will be the recipient of the Academic Leadership Award. This award is given to the student whose contribution to classes significantly raised the level of classroom discussion.

Paris Ferribee is receiving the Civic Engagement Award at this December’s graduation. This award recognizes a student who significantly contributed to CU-Boulder and the larger community in terms of service and involvement.

Sarah Gilchriese is the recipient of the Academic Achievement Award, which will be given at the December graduation ceremony. The award is given to the student in the top one percent of graduating seniors as determined by a high Communication and overall GPA and by at least two faculty recommendations.

Lauren Palmer will be giving the welcoming speech at this December’s graduation ceremony.


Graduate Students

The following PhD students are presenting their papers at the Western States Speech Communication Association in February.

Harry Archer will present “Transportation as Communication: An Analytic Framework.”

Sarah Beck will present “’I am…’: Discourses of Queer Youth Identity and Experiences in Digital Video Projects.”

Blake Hallinan will present “Media Reporting on Threats, Crises, and National Security.”

Danielle Hodge will present “Kanye West’s Construction of Identity through Overlapping Frames and Boasting.”

Meghann McGuire will present “Scripting the Precarious Identity: Moving beyond the Victim/Survivor Continuum.”

Rebecca Rice will present “Media Reporting on Threats, Crises, and National Security.”



Laurie Gries, assistant professor, received the 2016 Conference on College Composition and Communication Advancement of Knowledge Award for her book “Still Life with Rhetoric: A New Materialist Approach for Visual Rhetorics” (2015, Utah State University Press). This award is presented annually for the empirical research publication in the previous two years that most advances writing studies.

Leah Sprain, assistant professor, received a $6500 contract from the Kettering Foundation for “Deliberation in Everyday Speech: Interventions for Cultivating More Deliberative Interaction.”