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UF CJC Honors Students, Faculty and Alumni at Annual College Awards Banquet

The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications honors its best and brightest students, faculty and alumni each year. The annual College Awards Banquet was held on April 20 at the UF Hilton and Conference Center in Gainesville.

College Awards Banquet

Telecommunication senior Andrew Briz received the Ruth and Rae O. Weimer Award – the highest award for students. Advertising Associate Professor Robyn Goodman won Teacher of the Year, Advertising Associate Professor Carla Fisher won the Faculty Research Award and Journalism Professor Kim Walsh-Childers  won the Faculty Service Award.

The College also honored four Alumni of Distinction: Erin Jill Andrews, B.S. Telecommunication 2000; Marnie Kain Cacossa, B.S. Advertising 1989; Charles Tobin, B.S. Journalism 1984; and Judy DeRango Wicks, M.A.J.C. 1984.

Following is the full list of faculty and student awards.

College-wide Awards

  • Ruth and Rae 0. Weimer Award: Andrew Briz
  • Dean’s Cup for Professional Promise: Caitlin Ostroff
  • Dean’s Cup for Scholarship: Caroline Jinks, Josie Kuhlman and Keiran Sheridan
  • Dean’s Cup for Service: Morgan Ginn

Faculty Awards

  • Teacher of the Year Award: Robyn Goodman, associate professor, Department of Advertising
  • Faculty Research Award: Carla Fisher, assistant professor, Department of Advertising
  • Faculty Service Award: Kim Walsh-Childers, professor, Department of Journalism
  • Outstanding Doctoral Mentor Award: Jon Morris, professor, Department of Advertising

Graduate Studies and Research Awards

  • Julie Dodd Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award: Phillip Arceneaux and Bruce Getz
  • Outstanding Master’s Student: Liandra Larsen
  • Outstanding Student Research Award: Ah Ram Lee and Austin Vining

Department Awards


  • Outstanding Advertising Scholar: Caroline Jinks
  • Joseph R. Pisani Service Award: Morgan Ginn
  • Robert Glafcke Award: Victoria Alsina
  • Richard W. McGinnis Professional Promise Award: Nuchanart Tuntiserirat
  • John Sutherland Great Ideas Award: Lauren Perez-Maiy
  • Respess Award: Sarah Bodman


  • Outstanding Journalism Scholar: Katie Mellinger
  • John Paul Jones, Jr. Award: Ethan Bauer
  • Elmer Emig Award: Drea Cornejo and Caitlin Ostroff
  • G. “Buddy” Davis Award: Melissa Gomez
  • Society of Professional Journalists Award: Gabrielle Calise
  • Jean Chance Service Award: Andrew Briz

Public Relations

  • Outstanding Public Relations Scholar: Josie Kuhlman and Keiran Sheridan
  • Frank F. Rathbun PRSSA Award: Nicole Graney
  • Charles Wellborn Service Award: Aleksandra Karczmiarz
  • Jack Detweiler Professional Promise in Public Relations Award: Natalie Calvo and Jordan Folkes
  • Florida Public Relations Association Award: Demitroula Wolfe


  • Outstanding Telecommunication Scholar: Amanda Brennan and Andrew Briz
  • Major Garland Powell Award: Bonnie Katz
  • May Burton Award: Amanda Deery and Sabrina Simpson
  • Leslie Smith Management Award: Andrew Wright
  • WJXT-TV Award: Alexa Lorenzo

The Agency

  • The Somebody Award, Spring 2017: Lauren Maloney
  • The Somebody Award, Summer 2017: Sasha Sakay
  • The Somebody Award, Fall 2017: Abigail Kneal
  • The Somebody Award, Spring 2018: Cole Kraft

Media Properties

  • Jon Quattlebaum Award for Outstanding News Student: Daniela Hurtado
  • Ralph L. Lowenstein Broadcast News Award: Shamarria Morrison
  • Kenneth A. Christiansen Award for Service to WUFT-TV/FM: Ramsey Touchberry
  • Frank Counts Award for Television News Production: Rachel Trent
  • “Red” Barber Award: Savanna Collins
  • Doris Bardon Award for Overall Excellence in Broadcasting at WUFT-FM: Luke Sullivan
  • Excellence in Digital Media Award: Drea Cornejo
  • Excellence in Multimedia Meteorology Award: Lee Southwick
  • Excellence in Media Leadership: Andrew Briz and Bonnie Katz

Posted: April 20, 2018
Category: Alumni News, College News, Student News
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