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70 Years of Alumni Success Stories

Since our department's founding in 1950 by Hollis & Julia Todd, the Department of Communication has educated generations of Mississippi College students who have found professional and personal success in a variety of careers.

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Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Joey-Smith.jpgJoey Smith (BS, ’95, MS, ’96) (left) has been named as the Department of Communication’s 2020 Distinguished Alumnus for 2020.  Smith is a veteran of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Ga., where he is a Health Communications Specialist in the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.  He also recently spent several months on COVID-19 related work for the CDC.  Smith has extensive domestic and international media relations experience with both business and ministry-based organizations.  He is also a veteran of the U.S. Army Military Police, an experience that began during his student years at MC with the 114th MP Company based in Clinton.

Emily_Moore.jpgEmily Alexander Moore (BS, ’12) (right) has been named as the Department of Communication’s 2020 Distinguished Young Alumna.  Moore is the founder and owner of Moore Media Group where she specializes in corporate video production and social media management.  Prior to opening her own business, she was a reporter and producer with two ABC Television Network news affiliates.  She has experience in professional public relations in both the business and not-for-profit world.  Recently, Moore published her first book, Words are Like Magic, a collection of “whimsical rhymes about different seasons women walk through.”  She and her family live in Clinton, only steps from the MC campus.

Past Award Winners

  • 2019 Distinguished Alumnus - Bob Sullender
  • 2019 Distinguished Young Alumnus - Randall Miller
  • 2018 Distinguished Alumnus - Mark Jones
  • 2018 Distinguished Young Alumnus - Ashley Cockerham Rea
  • 2017 Distinguished Alumnus - Derrick Fears
  • 2017 Distinguished Young Alumnus - Chase Sims
  • 2016 - Todd Brand
  • 2015 - Warren Strain
  • 2014 - Ben Ingram
  • 2013 - Rachel Carter
  • 2012 - Lisa Shoemaker
  • 2011 - Kenny Bizot
  • 2010 - Elizabeth Rooks-Barber
  • 2009 - Pete Smith
  • 2008 - Mary Catherine Gentry
  • 2007 - Barbie Bassett
  • 2006 - Michael Logue
  • 2005 - Neal Caldwell
  • 2004 - Anne Sullivan
  • 2003 - Lynda Houser
  • 2002 - Judy Lewis
  • 2001 - Judy Denson
  • 2000 - Mark Hester
  • 1999 - Donna Matthews
  • 1998 - Joe R. Lovelady
  • 1997 - Gayle Long Wicker
  • 1996 - Ann Marie Copeland

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