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It's also time to let us know what's new in your life and work so we can share it with your fellow alums! The annual print edition of The Prompter, which will include updates from MC Communication alumni, will be in your mailbox by Decmeber 1, 2022. Click here to update your information via online form or email us with the latest news.

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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2022 Cliff Fortenberry Distinguished Alumna Award

Guilfoyle - Headshot.jpgPatrice Guilfoyle ('12) is the Communications Director for the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., where she oversees magazine and news operations of the state’s only academic medical center. Guilfoyle earned the B.A. in Journalism from the University of Memphis and the M.S. in Public Relations & Corporate Communication from Mississippi College. She also earned the Accredited in Public Relations (APR) credential in 2012, has served as president of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM), and is past president of PRAM Central. She currently serves as vice president of membership for the Southern Public Relations Federation and as the communications representative for the Group on Institutional Advancement of the Association of American Medical Colleges, which represents medical schools, teaching hospitals, health systems, Veterans Affairs medical centers, and academic and scientific societies nationwide. Prior to her current role at UMMC, she served as communications director for the Mississippi Department of Education and associate director for media relations at UMMC. A former journalist, Guilfoyle worked at The News-Star in Monroe, La., and The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss. She volunteers as a board member for Ballet Mississippi and as a service leader in the children’s department of Word of Life Church in Ridgeland, Miss. A Madison resident, she is married to Michael Guilfoyle, and is a mother of three children, Aidan, Evan, and Katie Rose.

2022 Distinguished Young Alumna Award

Olson - Headshot.jpgKaley Olson ('13) is the Director of Creative Programming at Proverbs 31 Ministries in Charlotte, N.C., where she partners with teams to lead and execute strategic planning, and oversees ministry programming for events, audio, and video production. Olson earned B.S in Communication at MC with a concentration in Public Relations. In her current role, she creates systems and structure around strategic initiatives, including new ministry program launches and events such as the She Speaks Conference for Christian communicators. She is also the producer and co-host of The Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast, with over 14 million unique downloads since its launch in 2018. Kaley and her husband, Jared, live in Charlotte, where Jared serves on staff as the Broadcast Production Director for Elevation Church. A native of Clinton, Miss., she and her husband are the proud parents of a baby boy, Hughes, and a weenie dog, Penny.

Past Award Recipients

  • 2021 Distinguished Alumnus - Dr. Ryan Fortenberry
  • 2021 Distinguished Young Alumna - Courtney Parella
  • 2020 Distinguished Alumnus - Joey Smith
  • 2020 Distinguished Young Alumna - Emily Alexander Moore
  • 2019 Distinguished Alumnus - Bob Sullender
  • 2019 Distinguished Young Alumnus - Randall Miller
  • 2018 Distinguished Alumnus - Mark Jones
  • 2018 Distinguished Young Alumna - 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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