Past Winners

Dating as far back as 1994, the Kentucky Communication Association has bestowed fourteen awards to over 170 recipients. To join this list of prestigious winners click here to submit for our next conference.

Presidential Award for Distinguished Service

2010. Zachary Hart. Northern Kentucky University

2004 Vijay Krishna, Indiana University Southeast

2001 Christine Marley, Union College

2000 Gary B. LaFleur, Morehead State University

          Judi Truitt, Jefferson Community College

1999 Robert J. Glenn, Owensboro Community College

1998 Thomas J. Sabetta, Jefferson Community College

1995 John Modaff, Morehead State University

          Hope Bennin, Prestonsburg Community College

          Virginia Landreth, Rowan County High School

          Robert Looney, Prestonsburg Community College

          Judi Truitt, Jefferson Community College

1994 Harlan Hamm, Morehead State University

          Helen Freeman, Rowan County Middle School

          Robin Glascock, Harrison County Middle School

          Robert J. Glenn, Owensboro Community College

Graduate Mentor Award

2018. Lindsay Della. University of Louisville

2017. Angela Jerome. Western Kentucky University

2016. Michael Strawser. Bellarmine University

2014. Holly Payne. Western Kentucky University

2013. Derek Lane. University of Kentucky

2012. Donald Helme. University of Kentucky

2009. Jimmie Manning. Northern Illinois University

2007. Jimmie Manning. Northern Illinois University

2005. Tim Ashmore, Morehead State University

           Derek R. Lane, University of Kentucky

2004. No name listed

2003. Tim Ashmore, Morehead State University

2002. Lou Davidson Tillson, Murray State University

           Enid Walhart, University of Kentucky

           Robert West, University of Southern Indiana

Educator of the Year

2013 Karen H. Johnson. Looney-Bennin Community College

James L. Applegate Award for Excellence in Research

2017. W. Scott Sanders. University of Louisville

2016. Pamela Parry. Eastern Kentucky University 

2015. Kathy Previs. Eastern Kentucky University

2014. Blair Thompson. Western Kentucky University

2013. Lindsay Della. University of Louisville 

2011. Jimmie Manning. Northern Illinois University

2010. Margaret D’Silva. University of Louisville

2008. Jimmie Manning. Northern Illinois University

2006. Stephen Yungbluth. Northern Kentucky University 

2005. Christine Marley Frederick, Union College

2004. Thomas J. Sabetta, Jefferson Community College

2003. Derek Lane, University of Kentucky

2002. No name could be found

2001. Carl L. Kell, Western Kentucky University

2000. No name could be found

1999. Michael W. Shelton, University of Kentucky

1998. Jill W. Hall, Jefferson Community College

Vernon Gantt Award for Distinguished Service

2017. Holly Payne. Western Kentucky University 

2015. Deborah T. Givens. Eastern Kentucky University 

2014. Shannon Brognn. Kentucky State University

2013. Jimmie Manning. Northern Illinois University

           Jacqueline McNally. Norther Kentucky University

2012. William ‘Bill’ Brantley. University of Louisville [Awarded in 2011 and 2012]

2011. William ‘Bill’ Brantley. University of Louisville

2005. Lou Davidson Tillson, Murray State University

2004. Gary B. LaFleur, Morehead State University

            Thomas J. Sabetta, Jefferson Community College

2003. Ed Bryant, Henderson Community College

           Rosemary Bryant, Eastern Kentucky University

           Derek lane, University of Kentucky

           Thomas J. Sabetta, Jefferson Community College

2002. Gary Deaton, Transylvania University

          Alyce Grover, Somerset Community College

          Thomas J. Sabetta, Jefferson Community College

          Enid Waldhart, University of Kentucky

2001. Mary Jackson, Jefferson Community College

          Christine Marley, Union College

2000. Gary B. LaFleur, Morehead state University

          Judi Truitt, Jefferson Community College

1999. Robert J. Glenn, Owensboro Community College

1998. Thomas J. Sabetta, Jefferson Community College

1997. Judi Truitt, Jefferson Community College

1996. Lou Davidson Tillson, Murray State University

1995. Alyce Grover, Somerset Community College


Harlan Hamm Longstanding Service to the Association Award 

2018. Jeffrey Fox. Northern Kentucky University 

2017. Kathy Previs. Eastern Kentucky University

2016. Jacqueline Emerine. Northern Kentucky University

2015. Gary LaFleur. Morehead State University 

2014. Jimmie Manning. Northern Illinois University 

2005. Thomas J. Sabetta, Jefferson Community College

2004. Eileen Lewandowski, Prestonsburg Community College

2003. Alyce Grover, Somerset Community College

2002. Robert J. Glenn, III, Owensboro Community & Technical College

Undergraduate Mentor Award

2018. Vicki Bagwell. Western Kentucky University

2017. Erin Gilles. University of Southern Indiana

2015. Gary Deaton. Transylvania University 

2013. Mary Ashlock. University of Louisville

2012. Jimmie Manning. Northern Illinois University

2010. Jacqueline (Emerine) McNally. Northern Kentucky University 

2005. Robert West. University of Southern Indiana

2002. Greg Phillips. 

           Jerry Thomas. Lindsey Wilson College

Communication Professional of the Year (Prior 2005, Communicator of the Year Award)

2018. Jennifer Perkins. Eastern Kentucky University

2015. Siobhan Smith. University of Louisville

2012. J. Michael Skaggs. Northern Kentucky University

2010. Zachary Hart. Northern Kentucky University

2010. Jimmie Manning. Northern Illinois University

2004 David Carter, Hopkinsville Community College

2003 Lawrence Albert, Morehead State University

2002 James Applegate, Council on Postsecondary Education

2001 Enid Waldhart, University of Kentucky

2000 Robert Bostrom, University of Kentucky

          Vernon Gantt, Murray State University

1999 James L. Applegate, University of Kentucky

1998 Alyce Grover, Somerset Community College

1997 Mary C. Jones, Jefferson Community College



Excellence in the Practice of Communication Arts

2016. Kandi Walker and Joy Hart. University of Louisville

2015. Jason Donner. Western Kentucky Communication and Technical College

2013. J. Michael Skaggs. Northern Kentucky University

2012. Jimmie Manning. Northern Kentucky University

           Stephanie Klatzke. Northern Kentucky University 

           Jacqueline McNally. Northern Kentucky University 

2005. Basil Clark, Berea College, Performance as President U. S. Grant

           Selene Phillips, University of Louisville, Performance as Pocahontas

2004. John Asher, Churchill Downs, Performance as V.P. of Communications

2003. Basil Clark, Berea College, Performance as President James A. Garfield

Excellence in the Art of Teaching

2018. Shannon Brogan. Kentucky State University

2017. Margaret D’Silva. University of Louisville

2016. James Reppert. South Arkansas University

2013. Siobhan Smith. University of Louisville

2012. Jacqueline (Emerine) McNally. Northern Kentucky University

2006. Greg Rikert. Bluegrass Community and Technical College

2005. Cyrstal Coleman, Murray State University

           Derek R. Lane, University of Kentucky

2004. Christine Marley, Union College

           Greg Phelps, Lindsey Wilson College

2003. Tim Ashmore, Morehead State University

           Robert J. Glenn, Owensboro Community College

           Bob West, University of Southern Indiana

2002. James Reppert, Southern Arkansas University

2001. Eileen Lewandowski, Prestonsburg Community College

2000. James Reppert, Southern Arkansas University

1999. Robert Frank, Morehead State University

1998. Vernon Gantt, Murray State University

1997. John Modaff, Morehead State University

1996. Gary B. LaFleur, Morehead State University

1995. Vicki Hogan Boyd, Owensboro Community College

1994. David Carter, Hopkinsville Community College

           Robert Looney, Prestonsburg Community College

           Robert Mullen, Ashland Community College

           Lou Davidson Tillson, Murray State University


Michael S. Shelton Top Graduate Student Paper Award

2018. Jonathan Sahlman. Western Kentucky University.

2017. Roxanne Renee Romero Millman

2015. Myeongok (Lilly) Lee. Western Kentucky University

           Brian Embry.

           Casey Binder. 

2014. Flynn Ashley. Northern Kentucky University

           Arielle Goldberg. Northern Kentucky University

           Brian Snape. Northern Kentucky University

2006. Sarah Cavendish, University of Kentucky

2005. Zachary Henning, University of Kentucky

           Deepa Oommen, Morehead State University

2004. No name listed

2003. Malan Cai, Morehead State University

2002. David Ghiradelli, University of Kentucky

2001. Donna Willis, University of Kentucky

2000. Holly Payne, University of Kentucky

1999. Jason Myers, Morehead State University

1998. Pamela Dawes, Murray State University

1997. Caryn Blow, Morehead State University

1996. Jami Hornbuckle, Morehead State University



Overall Top Paper Award

2018. David Shabazz. Kentucky State University

2017. Anne M. Thompson. Northern Kentucky University 

           Zoe J. Waldridge. Northern Kentucky University 

           Carlos Matthews. Northern Kentucky University 

           S. Austin Lee. Northern Kentucky University 

2014. Stephanie Klatzke. Northern Kentucky University

2013. Stephen Yungbluth. Northern Kentucky University 

           Sean Pronay. Northern Kentucky University


Top Undergraduate Paper Award

2018. Siobhan E. Smith-Jones’ Honors 331/341: Fandoms and Their Audiences 

class. University of Louisville.

2013. Joshua Hood

Looney-Bennin Community College Teaching Award

2016. Ronald Mace. Somerset Community College.

2015. Mike Searcy. Kentucky Community and Technical College Systems

2013. Michelle Deeley-Wilhite. Gateway Community and Technical College

           Karen Johnson. West Kentucky Community and Technical College