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The Department of Communication, in partnership with the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, is pleased to present this year’s Communication Days celebration. During the week of April 9-13, Denver’s leading communicators visit our classrooms, bringing a real-world dimension to every course. Students are encouraged to attend numerous presentations to network with potential employers, learn communication skills, and contribute to developing the
Department’s community.    

2019 Keynote Presentation and Awards Ceremony

Thursday, April 11 - 12:30 to 1:45PM
Lawrence Street Center Terrace Room
1380 Lawrence Street, Denver​

Featured Panelists:

Communication Alumni Rebecca Burris (MA), Sarah Erickson (MA), Alissa Long (MA), Anquanette Murray-Cawthorn (BA), Claire Shannon (MA), and Duy Tran (BA), speaking about their school experiences and their professional lives since CU Denver. 

2019 Award Winners
Presented on April 18, 2019, at the Denver and International College Beijing campuses

The Sonja K. Foss Award for Academic Excellence   
Bobby Crabtree
Anqi Zhao            

The Barbara J. Walkosz Distinguished Alumni Award                 
Amy O'Connell

The Robley Rhine Student Leadership Award  
Anya Dickson-Arguello
Caiwei Chen
Tiansheng Han

The Lael Porter Award for Community Service                              
Erin Roney
Reydesel Salvidrez Rodriguez
Yingran Guo

The Friend of the Communication Department Award          
Van Browning,  Electronic Specialist II CTS/EAVA, Technology Support Services
Kim Penoyer, Manager of Online Program Development. Online Design and Development | Office of Digital Education     

Past Communication Days keynote speakers include: 

  • 2018: A panel of Communication Alumni, speaking about life after college, featuring Shontel Lewis, Amanda Parker, and Austin Pride
  • 2017: Rinku Sen, President and Executive Director of Race Forward
  • 2016: Helene Shugart, Professor, University of Utah
  • 2015: Phaedra C. Pezzullo, Associate Professor of Rhetoric & Public Culture, Department of Communication & Culture, Indiana University
  • 2014: Charles E. Morris III, Professor, Department of Communication and Rhetorical Communication, Syracuse University
  • 2013: Aimee Carrillo-Rowe, Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies, California State University - Northridge
  • 2012: Kirt Wilson, Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Political Communication, Pennsylvania State University
  • 2011: Robbie Cox, three-time Sierra Club president, Professor Emeritus, University of North Carolina
  • 2010: Judith Tannenbaum, nationally recognized novelist and poet, community activist, and prison educator
  • 2009: Garrett Albert Duncan, Chair, Department of Education, Washington University
  • 2008: Tim Z. Hernandez, writer and performance artist
  • 2007: Bill Hanzlik, CEO, Gold Crown Foundation; former coach, Denver Nuggets; former NBA basketball player
  • 2006: Jeff Campbell, Executive Director, Colorado Hip-Hop Coalition
  • 2005: John Hickenlooper, Mayor, City of Denver
  • 2004: Patricia Calhoun, Editor, Westword
  • 2003: Denver Mayoral Forum (included all of the candidates running for mayor: Susan Casey, John Hickenlooper, Don Mares, Phil Perington, Elizabeth Schlosser, Jeremy Stefanek, Penfield Tate, and Ari Zavaras)
  • 2002: Guy Burgess, Director, The Conflict Research Consortium, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • 2001: Patricia Arneson, Professor, Communication Department, Duquesne University