Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

September 23, 2005

Whitworth Communication Studies Department Receives
National Excellence Award

The Whitworth Communication Studies Department was recently named the recipient of the 2005 Rex Mix Program of Excellence Award. This prestigious award, given by the National Communication Association, honors the department's overall excellence in comparison with other small-college programs across the country. The department's emphasis on ethics instruction and its strong internship program drew admiration from peers.

"What makes the Whitworth program special is its deliberate integration of two related fields: speech and journalism/mass communication," says Associate Professor of Communication Studies Michael Ingram. "We require all our majors to study both oral and written communication, whether their interest is reporting, preaching, public relations or some other career path. Understanding both the written and spoken word is critical to professional and personal success."

Defining aspects of Whitworth's program include courses offered in communication ethics and intercultural communication, and a required internship. Program faculty members also encourage students to volunteer with Spokane organizations, which allows them to use their communication skills and experience to assist with community projects.

Ingram and Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Alan Mikkelson will travel to Boston in November to accept the award at the National Communication Association Conference.

The Rex Mix Award is given annually in honor of the award's namesake, a former communications professor and NCA leader from Lynchburg College, in Virginia. Each year the Undergraduate College and University Section of the NCA selects one outstanding communication program at a college or university to receive the award. Past winners include Hope College, in Holland, Mich.; the University of Puget Sound, in Tacoma, Wash.; Seattle University, in Seattle, Wash.; John Carroll University, in University Heights, Ohio; and Montana State University-Billings.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Contacts:

Michael Ingram, associate professor of communication studies, (509) 777-4428
or mingram@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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