It’s one of our favorite times of year around the Communication Department – award season! And kicking things off, we’re delighted to announce that the 2012 recipient of the Professor James J. Keenan Award for Outstanding Achievement as a Communication Graduate Student is Kara Meagher.
Kara is the second graduate student to receive the award, which is named after Dr. Keenan, a leader in graduate communication at Fairfield University for more than four decades. This award is given annually to a Communication graduate student who “demonstrates excellence in academic achievement, outstanding personal growth through the scholastic experience, and exceptional commitment to our field.” The recipient should also possess “a spirit of good humor and collegiality,” in the tradition of Dr. Keenan.
Kara’s scholarship in the program has notably included paper presentations at Marquette University and the International Communication Association’s “Instructional & Developmental Communication” Division. Her thesis undertakes a participant-observation ethnography of an urban hospital committee tasked with disclosing adverse treatment potentials to patients and their families. Congratulations, Kara!