Department Honors

Department Honors

Communication Student Honors Fall 2023

Devon McClure
Highest Distinction
Devon is receiving Highest Distinction for his oral/creative video project - Change Management Perspective on Enterprise Automation. He is graduating with his degree in professional communication with strategic emphasis. His project involves a presentation that offers ways organizations can strategically adopt process automations while maintaining employee satisfaction. Throughout his time at UCCS, Devon has worked in various roles for a technical content marketing agency, Fixate IO, spanning marketing analytics, process improvement, and software development. In the future, he hopes to continue his graduate studies in both business analytics and organizational communication. He also aspires to start his own consulting business that helps organizations adopt automation technologies.
Ariel Flatt
High Distinction
Ariel Flatt is receiving High Distinction for her written course/ personal experience synthesis and reflection essay - There is No Ladder. Ari is an Organizational and Strategic Communications major. She became interested in communications at an early age and has dabbled in everything from sculpting, fencing, trivia, acting, voiceover work to standup comedy. Throughout her time at UCCS, she has been able to increase her experience in the professional field in areas such as advertising media sales, public relations, campaign and project management, client analytics, social media, event planning and execution, and more recently, email strategy. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering with the Pikes Peak Arts Council and acts as the program manager for ArtBOSS. After graduation, she hopes to continue becoming more involved with the local art community and spend time with family and friends.
Natalie Gallardo
Natalie Gallardo is receiving Distinction for her written project on Cultural Diffusion and the impact of different countries in the US. Natalie is a Communication major with an emphasis in Applied Digital Media. At a young age, the medical field and becoming a doctor was her main area of interest with meeting people and helping them as a priority. Throughout the years, Natalie’s love of the medical field has remained, but profession has been altered, with becoming a Communication major to help corporations and businesses that specialize in nonprofit or community services. In Natalie’s free time, she enjoys reading books, traveling to visit family, and spending time with her husband and their two children. After she graduates from UCCS in December, Natalie hopes to advance her career and gain new hobbies to do with her family.

Honors Program Criteria & Overview

To qualify for departmental honors in Communication, students are expected to have completed a senior audit and must have maintained an overall GPA of 3.5 in their UCCS coursework. Students who qualify for departmental honors will be contacted via e-mail by the Department of Communication Honors Committee approximately one month into their final semester and invited to test for honors by completing an honors project.

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