2022-23 Academic Year

Emma Pack

I am a junior at the University of Puget Sound, and a double major in Communication Studies and Business. I am originally from Portland, Oregon and from the beginning was immediately attracted to the Communication Studies department. I came into college with a pretty good idea of what I wanted to do and what I wanted to major in. After taking my first COMM class freshman year (COMM 170: Intro to Media Studies) I knew that my original desire to major in Communication Studies was spot on. I have loved every Communication Studies class I have taken here and have learned so much from the incredible professors within this department that have not only expanded my knowledge, but have also created a positive community and environment.

Outside of the classroom, I am a member of the UPS Women’s Soccer team. I greatly enjoy spending time with my teammates, competing for our school and building deep connections. Playing for this team and for this school is an incredibly special experience that has taught me the importance of balance in life. I also work at a local nursery, Gardensphere, that has shown me how special the community is within Tacoma.

I am so thankful to the Communication Studies department and the generous donors for this scholarship! Thank you for rewarding the hard work that occurs within this department here at UPS!

Marissa Gloria Perez

My name is Marissa Gloria Perez and I am a Junior from Rancho Cucamonga, California, majoring in Communication Studies with a minor in Crime, Law, and Justice. Entering the University of Puget Sound I was unsure of what I wanted to study as a major, but I knew that Communication Studies was of interest to me. Although I was unsure what to select as a major, I knew I wanted a subject area that would help me pursue Law School. In my sophomore year, I took a class in the Communication Studies department, taught by Professor Brody, and it was that class that sparked my interest in the field of Communication Studies. At the end of that semester, I knew the Communication department was where I belonged. Since then, I have enjoyed all of my classes and the different fields within those studies.

As the President of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, captain of the Women’s Tennis Team, Vice President of Operations for Pi Beta Phi national sorority, and member of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society and Order of Omega Greek Honor Society, I have been able to apply my key learnings from the classroom to my leadership positions. Additionally, I work at Lillis Cafe and the Center for Speech and Effective Advocacy. Helping others is my passion, and serving as an orientation leader has provided me with one of the most amazing experiences as I meet new students from all over the country and help guide and welcome them to the University. Outside of school, I love to go on hikes, rock climbing, get a Howdy Bagel at the Proctor Farmers Market, paint and bake.

I am incredibly grateful to the Communication Studies Department for their guidance and support throughout my academic endeavors. I also want to thank the generous donors for this scholarship!

Brad Hankin

Hi, my name is Brad Hankin. I am from the Bay Area and I'm currently a Junior. I am majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in Studio Art with an emphasis towards printmaking. I knew from the get go that I wanted to go into this field as I am fascinated with how people communicate with each other. I am fascinated with how them constantly advancing media and technology is changing the ways humans interact with each other and how new forms of discourse are being built.

When I am not studying or reading for classes, I love to create art and paint. I use incorporate several different mediums in my work. From acrylic painting to photoshop. I am also the current Director of Marketing and Promotions for KUPS, our local college radio station. Not to mention I love going on runs and getting my heart rate up.

Lastly, I want to personally thank the Communication Studies department for this amazing gift. I am extremely grateful and appreciative of this award! Thank you.

Kate True

My name is Kate True and I am a current senior double majoring in Communication Studies and Politics & Government. I remember coming into college extremely nervous, as I felt that everyone around me was already set on what they planned on majoring in. I, as an undecided student until the end of my sophomore year, wanted to explore as many disciplines as possible before selecting a major that I felt aligned with what truly interests me. I discovered the Communication Studies department on a whim during my second year and quickly fell in love with the material and the intellectual challenge. I am so thankful for how the department has shaped me into such a strong critical thinker and writer, and I am eager to see where my Communication Studies background brings me after college.

An organization that stands out to me during my time at the University of Puget Sound includes the Center for Writing and Learning (CWL). I am currently in my third year as a writing advisor for the CWL and have enjoyed my position for all it has taught me throughout the years. It is safe to say that my position as a writing advisor has molded me during my academic journey, and for that, I am most grateful.

Katie Hayhurst

I am currently a junior Communication Studies and Business Leadership double major from La Crescenta, California. Before coming to Puget Sound I loved asking questions about why people act the way they do, and after hearing about my sister's experiences as a Communication Studies major at a similar university, I decided that I wanted to take classes in the COMM department and consider a major. I am now on track as a double major and I tell my friends that I "identify" more with my Communication Studies major. I have enjoyed every class I've taken so far in this department and this year I am even a course assistant for COMM 170!

My involvement on campus includes a lot of music. I play the violin in the Symphony Orchestra and this will be my second year working in the School of Music Office. I also take marimba lessons from time to time as I miss playing like I did in high school. Outside of music, I am a member of the Business Leadership Program, where I take cohort classes and attend extra seminars that will prepare me for entering the workforce. I am also a member of Phi Eta Sigma, a national honors society on campus. This recent summer I was an Institutional Advancement intern at Center Theatre Group of Los Angeles. I was reminded of my love of consuming theatre, and I now hope to one day work in theatre administration!

I am extremely thankful for this academic department and for the donors who made this generous scholarship possible.

Hannah Lillard

I am a rising senior at the University of Puget Sound currently pursuing a double major in Communication Studies and International Political Economy as well as a triple minor in Business Studies, Global Development Studies, and Education Studies. Originally from Denver, Colorado, I always knew I wanted to pursue higher education in the Pacific Northwest. Going into school my freshman year, I had my heart set on studying Psychology, however, after I took my first Communication class I knew that it was the department for me. I fell in love with the courses that the department offered, and the wide variety of skills I was able to learn in each of my classes.

Throughout the years, I have grown and dedicated myself to studying the intricate ways of rhetoric and social communication, and am so thankful for what the department has taught me in and out of the classroom.

One class that truly stands out to me in all my Communication Studies courses, is my Political Communication class taught by Professor Jasinski that I was so fortunate to take during the election in the Fall of 2020. This class was extremely challenging, yet incredibly fascinating, and I loved learning about the different rhetorics of past and current government leaders. This class is also a prime example of how the department teaches courses that are relevant in and out of the classroom. Through this class I learned so much about our nation's government, and am so thankful to be able to use this knowledge for the rest of my life.

Outside of academics, I am the elected Vice President of the Associated Students of University of Puget Sound (ASUPS), or more commonly known as our Student Body, a participant and captain on the Universities Women’s Swim Team as well as participate on the University’s Track and Field Team. Both these teams have helped shape me into who I am, and have taught me the power of resilience and passion. Off the field/pool I have also served as the president of my sorority Pi Beta Phi, where I have met so many incredible girls that mentor me into being my best self.

For the past year I have been able to put my Communication studies skills to practice through accepting a part time position at the Tacoma Art Museum working in their digital marketing department, as well as working as a Program Assistant within the Experiential Learning Department here at UPS.

I am so thankful for the opportunities University of Puget Sound donors have given me, in helping me further my education in and outside the classroom. Without them, I know I would not be where I am today! I would also like to give an enormous thank you to the Communication Studies Department for considering me for the generous scholarship and the amazing honor. I truly love this department, and cannot wait to take what I have been so grateful to learn out into the real world.

Keegan Smith

I am a junior here at Puget Sound, and I am a Communication Studies and Business Administration double major with an Education minor. I came to school here knowing I wanted to major in Communication Studies, because I have always wanted to go into marketing. Communication classes have greatly impacted my knowledge on interpersonal communication, and have allowed me to see in what ways I should be addressing people and analyzing others, which helps greatly for marketing. I decided to major in Business Administration as well because I can get more of the marketing knowledge from there. With my knowledge from my majors I have been able to secure a marketing internship in the summer of 2021, and in this summer of 2022 I was offered a full-time paid internship with Keysight Technologies. I am hoping to further my skills here over the summer.

Outside of the class room and my future plans, on campus I am a student lead at Diversions Cafe, a choreographer for Repatory Dance Group, and I have held two different positions in Kappa Alpha Theta, a sorority here on campus. Additionally I worked as a Communication Studies course assistant before I was promoted to a lead at Diversions.

I want to thank the Communication Studies department and the donor who made this award possible. I am very grateful to be presented with this opportunity, and I am happy to continue my coursework in the Communication Studies field.