CCIM Awards

Hall of Beneficence

Hall of Beneficence Nomination Process

NOMINATION FORM

2022 Awards

Coming Fall 2022

STEWARD AWARD

Individual or organization whose meaningful partnership has made a significant impact on the College of Communication, Information and Media’s commitment to create challenging experiences that prepare students for careers as ethical practitioners and scholars.

     

    ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

    Individuals who graduated from units associated with CCIM at least 5 years prior and have used their education to advance their area of professional or creative endeavor.


    DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

    Individuals who graduated from units associated with CCIM at least 15 years prior, have distinguished themselves, and demonstrated outstanding success in their professional or creative endeavors. These are individuals how have defined the future of the field of communication, media or information.


    INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE AWARD

    Individual or organization in the field of communication, media or information who has distinguished themselves in advancing inclusive excellence.


    EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION AND COURAGE AWARD

    Individual or organization in the field of communication, media or information who demonstrated courageous innovation.


    Find more information about our past recipients

    STEWARD AWARD

    Individual or organization whose meaningful partnership has made a significant impact on the College of Communication, Information and Media’s commitment to create challenging experiences that prepare students for careers as ethical practitioners and scholars.

    Steve Bullington

    STEWARD AWARD

    Individual or organization whose meaningful partnership has made a significant impact on the College of Communication, Information and Media’s commitment to create challenging experiences that prepare students for careers as ethical practitioners and scholars.

    Gary Graham

    STEWARD AWARD

    Individual or organization whose meaningful partnership has made a significant impact on the College of Communication, Information and Media’s commitment to create challenging experiences that prepare students for careers as ethical practitioners and scholars.

    Wilbur R. Davis

     

    STEWARD AWARD

    Individual or organization whose meaningful partnership has made a significant impact on the College of Communication, Information and Media’s commitment to create challenging experiences that prepare students for careers as ethical practitioners and scholars.

    Jacquelyn Buckrop

    STEWARD AWARD

    Individual or organization whose meaningful partnership has made a significant impact on the College of Communication, Information and Media’s commitment to create challenging experiences that prepare students for careers as ethical practitioners and scholars.

    Carma Shawger

    STEWARD AWARD

    Individual or organization whose meaningful partnership has made a significant impact on the College of Communication, Information and Media’s commitment to create challenging experiences that prepare students for careers as ethical practitioners and scholars.

    Gene Policinski

    2022 Awardees

    JOURNALISM & STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION

    Lexi Esterle, National Buying Competition $3000 scholarship

    MEDIA

    Drew Wiltberger, National Buying Competition $3000 scholarship

    2021 Awardees

    COMMUNICATION STUDIES

    Abigail Huff, Communication Studies-Outstanding Senior

    Zoe Nunley, Communication Studies-Outstanding Senior

    Michael Mead, Communication Studies-Outstanding Senior

    Lily Schwab, Communication Studies-Outstanding Graduate Student

    JOURNALISM & STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION

    Emily Wright, BB Society for Professional Journalism, Data Visualization-Winner & CSPA, Computer Generated Art-Gold & Informational Graphics-Gold

    Hannah Gunnell, DN, CSPA, Breaking News-Gold & SPJ Indy Pro, Breaking News-1st Place

    Taylor Smith, BB, CSPA, News Feature-Gold

    Matthew Yapp, DN, CSPA, Matthew Yapp-Gold

    Mitchell Carter, DN, CSPA, Sports Commentary-Gold

    Zach Piatt, DN, CSPA, Sports News & Sports Feature-Gold

    Shannon McCloskey, BB, CSPA Personality Profile-Gold, Photo Portfolio of Work-Gold & SPJ Indy Pro, Feature Photography-1st Place

    Jacob Musselman, DN, CSPA, Photo Portfolio of Work-Gold, Informational Graphics-Gold, News Photography-Gold

    Kami Geron, BB, CSPA, Computer Generated Art-Gold & SPJ Indy Pro, Graphics or Illustration-1st Place

    Zahria Hart, DN, CSPA, Podcast-Gold & SPJ Indy Pro, Best Podcast-1st Place

    Will English & Emily Wright, DN, CSPA, Interactive Graphic-Gold

    Jake Helman & Brooke Kemp, DN, CSPA, Interactive Graphic-Gold

    Grace Duerksen, BB, SPJ Indy Pro, Coverage of Minority Issue-1st Place

    MEDIA

    SportsLink, IASB Television Sports Program-1st Place

    Ben Mejercak, IASB Animated Story-1st Place

    Daria Buscher & Aaliyah Prim, BEA Festival, Student Sports- Best of Festival

    Daria Buscher & Aaliyah Prim, BEA Festival, Promotional Video-1st Place

    Maddie Mills-Craig, IASB, Radio Interview-1st Place

    CENTER FOR INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SCIENCES

    Christopher Nouhan, Center Awards-Student of the Year

    Paul Faria, Center Awards-Outstanding Online Graduate

    LaJoi Shelton Robinson, Center Awards-Outstanding Online Graduate

    Cyrus Green, Center Awards-Research Award

    Kenneth Narramore, Center Awards-Team Player Award

    Seth Tocco, Center Awards-Service to the Center

    Eloka Agwegbo, Center Awards-Talley Community Service Award

    Brianna Bowles, IACIS Conference-Best Pedagogy Paper

    Student Awards

    COMMUNICATION STUDIES

    Erin Hernandez, Communication Studies-Outstanding Senior

    Kayla Snyder, Communications Studies-Outstanding Senior

    Heidi Przytulski, Communication Studies-Outstanding Senior

    Mylie Brennan, Communications Studies-Outstanding Graduate Student

    MEDIA

    Adrian Jarding & Mick Tidrow, IASB Student Social Media Presence-1st place

    Jack Kizer, IASB Television Anchor-1st place

    Sammy Essex, Selena Webb & Christina Faucher, IASB, Short Film-1st place

    Jacob Clouse, Parker Swartz, Adrienne Heckler & Jack Helmen, BEA Festival, Documentary-Award of Excellence

    Dylan Query & Jacob Stieneker, BEA Festival, Narrative Film-Award of Excellence

    Connor Nichols & Luke Foster, BEA Festival, Student Sports-Best of Festival

    Zach Roy, SPJ Indy Pro, Videography-1st place

    Maya Montague, SPJ Indy Pro, Best Online Multimedia-1st place

     

    COMMUNICATION STUDIES

    Libby Myers, Communication Studies-Outstanding-Senior

    Abigail Gibbs, Communication Studies-Outstanding-Senior

    Mariann Fant, Communication Studies-Outstanding-Senior

    Ann Lisa Eberline, Communication Studies-Outstanding Graduate Student

    MEDIA

    Connor Nichols, IASB, Television Spot Production-1st place

    CENTER FOR INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SCIENCES

    Jared Jacob, Center Awards-Student of the Year

    Derick Brady, Center Awards-Researcher of the Year

    Eric Satterthwaite, Center Awards-Team Player Award

    Trevor Williamson, Center Awards-Grit Award

    Trevor Williamson, Center Awards-Josh Gentry Memorial Award

    COMMUNICATION STUDIES

    William Sipe, Communication Studies-Outstanding Graduate Student

    MEDIA

    Dustin Grissom, Nick Proctor, Brianna Le, & Jack Gawaluck, BEA Festival Student Film-Award of Excellence

    Emily Mixter, BEA Festival Student Sports Film-Award of Excellence

    Ryan Jay-Shank, Emmy's Director-Nonlive

    Emily Holland, JA Firleds, & Ryan Jay-Shank, Emmy's-Nostalgia Program

    Zach Roy, Sam Athens, & Jogan Dubbs, Emmy's-Sports

    Ryan Jay-Shank, Emmy's-Editor

    COMMUNICATION STUDIES

    Dustin Meeks, Communication Studies-Outstanding Senior

    Berkley Conner, Communication Studies-Outstanding Graduate Student

    Aly Sander, Communication Studies-Outstanding Graduate Student

    MEDIA

    Zach Roy, Indiana Journalist, Television Videography-1st place

    Ryan Flannery, BEA Festival, Student Documentary-Award of Excellence

    Connor Nichols & Tyler Bradfield, BEA Festival, Sports Competition-Best of Festival

    Tyler Bradfield, Connor Nichols & Zach Roy, Emmy's-Sports

    Matt Craig, IASB, Videography-1st Place

    COMMUNICATION STUDIES

    Evan Neace, Communication Studies-Outstanding Senior

    Max Browning, Communication Studies-Outstanding Senior

    Zoe Russell, Communication Studies-Outstanding Graduate Student

     

    2022 Awardees

    OUTSTANDING TEACHING AWARD

    Presented each year to a faculty member who embodies excellence in teaching, maintains the highest standards of academic integrity, and elevates the college as a catalyst for innovation, entrepreneurship, and discovery.

    Chris Flook, Department of Media

    DISTINGUISHED RESEARCHER AWARD

    The distinguished researcher award recognizes the efforts of faculty who are demonstrating exceptional progress advancing academic knowledge in the area of communication, information or technology. 

    Dr. Gabriel Tait, School of Journalism and Strategic Communications

    COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS AWARD

    CCIM is committed to working in partnership and to the benefit of our community and that takes time, effort and intention. 

    Dr. Ed Lazaros, Career and Technical Education

    HIGH TECHNOLOGY AWARD

    This award recognizes Innovative use of technology in course and curriculum design that has a significant impact on teaching effectiveness, student learning and retention.

    Dr. Michael Lee, Department of Media

    PROFESSIONALISM AWARD

    The CCIM Professionalism Award recognizes leadership in service to the department, college and/or university, or in service to external partners, societies and/or organizations. These individuals display the CCIM values which emphasize ethical and professional behavior, innovation, entrepreneurship, discovery, collaboration and, empowerment.

    Ashley Coker, Communication Studies

    INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE AWARD

    CCIM is committed to creating an Inclusive Excellence approach to academic, administrative support, and service functions of the university. We believe Inclusive Excellence must be infused in every step we take.

    Dr. James Rediger, Communication Studies

    EXTRAORDINARY SERVICE AWARD

    These recipients contribute to the improvement of Ball State and communities through effective, efficient, and dedicated service.

               Ben Strack, Department of Media

    DEAN'S FACULTY AWARD

    The CCIM Dean’s Faculty award honors excellence in teaching; distinction in campus service; dedicated community service; and a significant track record of emphasizing and placing into practicing the college’s mission and values and the university’s Beneficence Pledge.

    Dan Waechter, School of Journalism and Strategic Communication

    UNIVERSITY OUTSTANDING ADMINISTRATOR AWARD

    Dr. Paaige Turner, Dean of College of Communication, Information, and Media

    UNIVERSITY OUTSTANDING FACULTY SERVICE AWARD

    Dr. Maria Williams-Hawkins, Department of Media

    Faculty Awards

    OUTSTANDING TEACHING AWARD

    Presented each year to a faculty member who embodies excellence in teaching, maintains the highest standards of academic integrity, and elevates the college as a catalyst for innovation, entrepreneurship, and discovery.

    Dr. Kevin Moloney, Emerging Media Design and Development

    DISTINGUISHED RESEARCHER AWARD

    The distinguished researcher award recognizes the efforts of faculty who are demonstrating exceptional progress advancing academic knowledge in the area of communication, information or technology. 

    Dr. Chris Davison, Computer Information Technology

    Dr. Katherine Denker, Communication Studies

    COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS AWARD

    CCIM is committed to working in partnership and to the benefit of our community and that takes time, effort and intention. 

    Terry Heifetz, Media

    HIGH TECHNOLOGY AWARD

    This award recognizes Innovative use of technology in course and curriculum design that has a significant impact on teaching effectiveness, student learning and retention.

    Tim Underhill, Media

    PROFESSIONALISM AWARD

    The CCIM Professionalism Award recognizes leadership in service to the department, college and/or university, or in service to external partners, societies and/or organizations. These individuals display the CCIM values which emphasize ethical and professional behavior, innovation, entrepreneurship, discovery, collaboration and, empowerment.

    Ben Strack, Media

    INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE AWARD

    CCIM is committed to creating an Inclusive Excellence approach to academic, administrative support, and service functions of the university. We believe Inclusive Excellence must be infused in every step we take.

    Dr. Maria Williams-Hawkins, Media

    Dr. Beth Messner, Communication Studies

    EXTRAORDINARY SERVICE AWARD

    These recipients contribute to the improvement of Ball State and communities through effective, efficient, and dedicated service.

               Mary Spillman, School of Journalism and Strategic Communication

    DEAN'S FACULTY AWARD

    The CCIM Dean’s Faculty award honors excellence in teaching; distinction in campus service; dedicated community service; and a significant track record of emphasizing and placing into practicing the college’s mission and values and the university’s Beneficence Pledge.

    Dr. Domenic Caristi, Media

    UNIVERSITY OUTSTANDING TEACHING AWARD

    The Outstanding Teaching Award is given in recognition of excellence in teaching inclusive of the highest standards of pedagogy, creativity, or innovation in the classroom and curricula.

    Dr. Adam Kuban, School of Journalism and Strategic Communication

    OUTSTANDING TEACHER AWARD

    Presented each year to a faculty member who embodies excellence in teaching, maintains the highest standards of academic integrity, and elevates the college as a catalyst for innovation, entrepreneurship, and discovery.

    Kyle Huett, Communication Studies

    DISTINGUISHED RESEARCHER AWARD

    The distinguished researcher award recognizes the efforts of faculty who are demonstrating exceptional progress advancing academic knowledge in the area of communication, information or technology.

    Natalee Seely, Journalism

    COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS AWARD

    CCIM is committed to working in partnership and to the benefit of our community and that takes time, effort and intention. 

    Becky McDonald, Journalism

    HIGH TECHNOLOGY AWARD

    This award recognizes Innovative use of technology in course and curriculum design that has a significant impact on teaching effectiveness, student learning and retention.

    Alex Kartman, Telecommunications

    PROFESSIONALISM AWARD

    The CCIM Professionalism Award recognizes leadership in service to the department, college and/or university, or in service to external partners, societies and/or organizations. These individuals display the CCIM values which emphasize ethical and professional behavior, innovation, entrepreneurship, discovery, collaboration and, empowerment.

    Brian Hayes, Journalism

    INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE AWARD

    CCIM is committed to creating an Inclusive Excellence approach to academic, administrative support, and service functions of the university. We believe Inclusive Excellence must be infused in every step we take.

    Michael Gerhard, Telecommunications

    EXTRAORDINARY SERVICE AWARD

    These recipients contribute to the improvement of Ball State and communities through effective, efficient, and dedicated service.

    Steve Jones, CICS

    DEAN'S FACULTY AWARD

    The CCIM Dean’s Faculty award honors excellence in teaching; distinction in campus service; dedicated community service; and a significant track record of emphasizing and placing into practicing the college’s mission and values and the university’s Beneficence Pledge.

    Mary Moore, Communication Studies

    UNIVERSITY OUTSTANDING FACULTY AWARD

    The Outstanding Faculty Award is given in recognition of demonstrated composite excellence in teaching, scholarly or creative productivity, and service by a faculty member who has an academic record at Ball State University of more than five years.

    Dr. Carolyn Shue, Communication Studies

    UNIVERSITY OUTSTANDING TEACHING AWARD

    The Outstanding Teaching Award is given in recognition of excellence in teaching inclusive of the highest standards of pedagogy, creativity, or innovation in the classroom and curricula.

    Dr. Peggy Fisher, Communication Studies

    UNIVERSITY FACULTY SERVICE AWARD

    The Outstanding Faculty Service Award is given in recognition of exceptional professional service, excluding administrative service.

    Dr. Domenic Caristi, Telecommunications

    OUTSTANDING TEACHER AWARD

    Presented each year to a faculty member who embodies excellence in teaching, maintains the highest standards of academic integrity, and elevates the college as a catalyst for innovation, entrepreneurship, and discovery.

    Rebecca Hammon, CICS

    DISTINGUISHED RESEARCHER AWARD

    The distinguished researcher award recognizes the efforts of faculty who are demonstrating exceptional progress advancing academic knowledge in the area of communication, information or technology.

    Robin Blom, Journalism

    COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS AWARD

    CCIM is committed to working in partnership and to the benefit of our community and that takes time, effort and intention. 

    Martin Smith-Rodden, Journalism

    HIGH TECHNOLOGY AWARD

    This award recognizes Innovative use of technology in course and curriculum design that has a significant impact on teaching effectiveness, student learning and retention.

    Ashley Coker, Communication Studies

    PROFESSIONALISM AWARD

    The CCIM Professionalism Award recognizes leadership in service to the department, college and/or university, or in service to external partners, societies and/or organizations. These individuals display the CCIM values which emphasize ethical and professional behavior, innovation, entrepreneurship, discovery, collaboration and, empowerment.

    Kendra Mann, Communication Studies

    INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE AWARD

    CCIM is committed to creating an Inclusive Excellence approach to academic, administrative support, and service functions of the university. We believe Inclusive Excellence must be infused in every step we take.

    Juli Metzger, Journalism

    EXTRAORDINARY SERVICE AWARD

    These recipients contribute to the improvement of Ball State and communities through effective, efficient, and dedicated service.

    Lori Byers, CCIM

    DEAN'S FACULTY AWARD

    The CCIM Dean’s Faculty award honors excellence in teaching; distinction in campus service; dedicated community service; and a significant track record of emphasizing and placing into practicing the college’s mission and values and the university’s Beneficence Pledge.

    Chris Taylor, Telecommunications

    UNIVERSITY RAWLINGS AWARD

    This award honors a full-time faculty member who has proven to be the most dedicated to teaching extended education courses at off-campus distance education sites.

    Dr. Jennifer Palilonis, Journalism

    UNIVERSITY OUTSTANDING ADVISOR AWARD

    The Outstanding Advisor Award is given to a faculty advisor who enhances student experiences through innovative activities outside of the classroom

    Dr. Barry Umansky, Telecommunications

    OUTSTANDING TEACHER AWARD

    Presented each year to a faculty member who embodies excellence in teaching, maintains the highest standards of academic integrity, and elevates the college as a catalyst for innovation, entrepreneurship, and discovery.

    Michael Storr, Communication Studies

    DISTINGUISHED RESEARCHER AWARD

    The distinguished researcher award recognizes the efforts of faculty who are demonstrating exceptional progress advancing academic knowledge in the area of communication, information or technology.

    Rebecca Hammons, CICS

    COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS AWARD

    CCIM is committed to working in partnership and to the benefit of our community and that takes time, effort and intention. 

    Peggy Fisher, Communication Studies

    HIGH TECHNOLOGY AWARD

    This award recognizes Innovative use of technology in course and curriculum design that has a significant impact on teaching effectiveness, student learning and retention.

    Abby Erpelding, Communication Studies

    PROFESSIONALISM AWARD

    The CCIM Professionalism Award recognizes leadership in service to the department, college and/or university, or in service to external partners, societies and/or organizations. These individuals display the CCIM values which emphasize ethical and professional behavior, innovation, entrepreneurship, discovery, collaboration and, empowerment.

    Dan Waechter, Journalism

    INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE AWARD

    CCIM is committed to creating an Inclusive Excellence approach to academic, administrative support, and service functions of the university. We believe Inclusive Excellence must be infused in every step we take.

    Kirsten Smith, CICS

    DEAN'S FACULTY AWARD

    The CCIM Dean’s Faculty award honors excellence in teaching; distinction in campus service; dedicated community service; and a significant track record of emphasizing and placing into practicing the college’s mission and values and the university’s Beneficence Pledge.

    Chris Flook, Telecommunications

    OUTSTANDING TEACHER AWARD

    Presented each year to a faculty member who embodies excellence in teaching, maintains the highest standards of academic integrity, and elevates the college as a catalyst for innovation, entrepreneurship, and discovery.

    Jennifer Palilonis, Journalism

    DISTINGUISHED RESEARCHER AWARD

    The distinguished researcher award recognizes the efforts of faculty who are demonstrating exceptional progress advancing academic knowledge in the area of communication, information or technology.

    Hyuksoo Kim, Journalism

    COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS AWARD

    CCIM is committed to working in partnership and to the benefit of our community and that takes time, effort and intention. 

    Chris Taylor, Telecommunications

    HIGH TECHNOLOGY AWARD

    This award recognizes Innovative use of technology in course and curriculum design that has a significant impact on teaching effectiveness, student learning and retention.

    Terry Heifetz, Telecommunications

    PROFESSIONALISM AWARD

    The CCIM Professionalism Award recognizes leadership in service to the department, college and/or university, or in service to external partners, societies and/or organizations. These individuals display the CCIM values which emphasize ethical and professional behavior, innovation, entrepreneurship, discovery, collaboration and, empowerment.

    Phil Bremen, Telecommunications

    INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE AWARD

    CCIM is committed to creating an Inclusive Excellence approach to academic, administrative support, and service functions of the university. We believe Inclusive Excellence must be infused in every step we take.

    Kristen McCauliff, Communication Studies

    EXTRAORDINARY SERVICE AWARD

    These recipients contribute to the improvement of Ball State and communities through effective, efficient, and dedicated service.

    Tim Pollard, Telecommunications

    DEAN'S FACULTY AWARD

    The CCIM Dean’s Faculty award honors excellence in teaching; distinction in campus service; dedicated community service; and a significant track record of emphasizing and placing into practicing the college’s mission and values and the university’s Beneficence Pledge.

    Paige Waters, Telecommunications

    OUTSTANDING TEACHER AWARD

    Presented each year to a faculty member who embodies excellence in teaching, maintains the highest standards of academic integrity, and elevates the college as a catalyst for innovation, entrepreneurship, and discovery.

    Dom Caristi, Telecommunications

    DISTINGUISHED RESEARCHER AWARD

    The distinguished researcher award recognizes the efforts of faculty who are demonstrating exceptional progress advancing academic knowledge in the area of communication, information or technology.

    Miao Guo, Telecommunications & Kyle Heuett, Communication Studies

    COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS AWARD

    CCIM is committed to working in partnership and to the benefit of our community and that takes time, effort and intention. 

    Adam Kuban, Journalism

    HIGH TECHNOLOGY AWARD

    This award recognizes Innovative use of technology in course and curriculum design that has a significant impact on teaching effectiveness, student learning and retention.

    YoungAh Lee & Robin Blom, Journalism

    PROFESSIONALISM AWARD

    The CCIM Professionalism Award recognizes leadership in service to the department, college and/or university, or in service to external partners, societies and/or organizations. These individuals display the CCIM values which emphasize ethical and professional behavior, innovation, entrepreneurship, discovery, collaboration and, empowerment.

    Debbie Davis, Journalism

    INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE AWARD

    CCIM is committed to creating an Inclusive Excellence approach to academic, administrative support, and service functions of the university. We believe Inclusive Excellence must be infused in every step we take.

    Beth Messner, Communication Studies

    EXTRAORDINARY SERVICE AWARD

    These recipients contribute to the improvement of Ball State and communities through effective, efficient, and dedicated service.

    Dan Waechter, Journalism

    DEAN'S FACULTY AWARD

    The CCIM Dean’s Faculty award honors excellence in teaching; distinction in campus service; dedicated community service; and a significant track record of emphasizing and placing into practicing the college’s mission and values and the university’s Beneficence Pledge.

    Mike Spillman, Telecommunications