Communication Arts & Science Department Recognizes Outstanding Seniors

Communication Arts & Science Department Recognizes Outstanding Seniors

Northwest Nazarene University
May 5, 2020
Parker's Communication Award

Earlier this week, the Communication Arts & Science Department recognized its seniors who successfully defended their senior projects and announced its 2019-2020 student award winners.

On April 25, three seniors successfully defended their senior projects: Parker Akkerman who developed a public relations plan for Idaho Women in Leadership, Henry Bernard who developed a communication plan for RedHawk Golf Course, and Jace Perryman who created a public relations plan for Idaho Prospect Baseball. Four seniors had successfully defended in December: Benjamin Gray who conducted a quantitative study on “Sibling Relationship at a Distance,” Parker Price who developed “Off the Field: Ready For Action - A Crisis Communication Plan”, Madison Stuhr who completed “Discussing Death: A Qualitative Analysis of Dialogue in Teen Illness Dramas,” and Jake Knight who explored from an experiential perspective, “The Importance of Coach to Athlete Communication Athletic Performance.:

“We are very proud of all of our seniors who have worked diligently to use the communication theories and concepts they have learned in their classes to make a difference in their communities through their research and projects,” Communication Arts & Science Department Chair Donna Allen said. “This has been an exceptional group of students whom we will miss greatly. We wish them our very best!”

The Communication Awards given are listed below:

The Research Excellence Award

Benjamin Gray received this award for his excellence in research skills, ethics, and achievements. Gray’s paper, titled “Sibling Relationships at a Distance” was accepted by the Interpersonal Division of Northwest Communication Association and will be presented at their yearly conference.

The Mallalieu A. Wilson Communication Award

Parker Akkerman exemplified this award through her communication skills and ability to lead the campus as a member of the NNU Forensics Team and as a Vice-President and President of the Student Government Association. In addition to her academic achievements, Akkerman has demonstrated her exceptional oral and written skills in multiple projects in which she has helped local organizations improve their communication.

Faculty Choice Award

Parker Price was chosen for the faculty choice award for his hard work, dedication and willingness to go above and beyond in welcoming others and creating a space for all. He has achieved great accomplishments both in the classroom and on the baseball diamond and continually strives to excel in every avenue he finds himself.

The Department of Communication Arts and Science offers majors in Communication, Public Relations, and Health Communication. To find out more about any of these programs, go to