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LHU communication program hosts Rebecca Gross Awards Day events

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Shown are the award recipients during the recent Rebecca Gross Awards Day ceremony held at Lock Haven University. From left, are Nicole Stephenson, Mia Swales, Roxanne Aretta Bell, Danielle Arocho, Kylee Doyle, Tiana Gair and Natalie Carnicelli.

On Friday, May 3, the Lock Haven University communication program held the annual Rebecca Gross Awards Day luncheon and ceremony, celebrating distinguished student and alumni achievements in the communication program at LHU.

The activities began with a luncheon in the Parsons Union Building, followed by the awards ceremony. The following students were honored with scholarships and awards affiliated with the communication program:

  • Roxanne Aretta Bell — Rebecca Gross Outstanding Communication Senior
  • Danielle Arocho — Excellence in Communication Award
  • Natalie Carnicelli — Margaret Ann Brown Memorial Scholarship
  • Tiana Gair — Dr. Saundra K. Hybels Memorial Scholarship, sophomore award
  • Mia Swales — Dr. Saundra K. Hybels Memorial Scholarship, junior award
  • Kylee Doyle — Dr. Saundra K. Hybels Memorial Scholarship, senior award

The Rebecca Gross Outstanding Communication Senior Award was presented to Roxanne Aretta Bell. The award is given to a student that has at least a 3.0 grade point average and service in other campus or off-campus activities including volunteer work and paid work related to journalism or mass communication. Bell has worked on the student newspaper, the Eagle Eye, for four years in a variety of positions, including opinion, news and as copy editor. This summer, she is working as an intern at the Lock Haven Express newspaper.

“Roxanne is a hard worker, committed to taking advantage of her college experience,” said Sharon Stringer, professor of communication at LHU. “She has been a valuable addition to the Eagle Eye, willing to support the student newspaper in any way that she could. Stringer also is the advisor for the Eagle Eye, LHU’s student newspaper.

The Excellence in Communication Award was presented to Danielle Arocho. The award is given to a non-media communication senior with the highest grade point average. Arocho Is a member of the Alpha Sigma Tau sorority and has participated in community service projects and activities including Relay For Life, highway trash pickup activities, Rock-a-Thon, clothing and coat drives and collecting stocking stuffers for children for the holidays. Within her sorority, she has held the role of vice president for community relations and acted as the Panhellenic delegate.

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Nicole Stephenson, 2008 graduate of LHU, recently returned to campus as the featured speaker and Outstanding Alumnus award recipient during the recent Rebecca Gross Awards Day ceremony.

The Margaret Ann Brown Memorial Scholarship was presented to Natalie Carnicelli. The scholarship is presented to the student who completes at least 72 but not more than 104 credit hours, 12 credit hours of specific LHU courses and attains the highest grade point average of communication or communication media majors.

The Dr. Saundra K. Hybels Memorial Scholarship was presented to Tiana Gair, sophomore award; Mia Swales, junior award; and Kylee Doyle, senior award. The recipients must excel in the field of journalism and mass communication, demonstrate financial need and have a minimum grade point average of 2.5. The students also must write an essay to be considered for the scholarship.

“This is the 39th year that we’ve honored noteworthy students and alumni at the Rebecca Gross ceremony. This year’s award winners are continuing the strong legacy of service and achievement that is a hallmark of our communication program at LHU,” said Dr. Karen Kline, chair of the communications department.

In addition to the student awards, Nicole Stephenson ’08, was presented with the Outstanding Communication Graduate Award and served as a speaker during the ceremony. Stephenson is the director of the Society of Professional Women for the Main Line Chamber of Commerce in Wayne, Pennsylvania.

Stephenson talked about her journey from college to where she is now and how she had to learn to accept help from others and realize that she didn’t have all of the answers on her own. She emphasized the importance of paying attention to people and that everyone deserves to be acknowledged and respected. “Only you can determine what failure is and what your own definition of success is,” she said.

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Lock Haven University’s main campus is located on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in the scenic mountains of Pennsylvania. The university offers 49 undergraduate majors and certifications with 47 minors and five graduate programs.

LHU is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic areas of study. Nearly 520,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.


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