Department of Communication Studies

Comm Major Harrison Postler is Commencement Speaker; More than 100 Communication Majors Graduate

Harrison Postler, a senior communication major and an award-winning member of UNI's Forensics team, gave the student address at the Spring 2013 commencement in the McLeod Center on May 11.

Postler was one of 110 graduates granted a BA from the Department of Communication Studies.  The Spring Commencement program also listed 10 candidates for MA degrees from Communication Studies.

Postler was a member of the UNI Speech team that finished in 10th place at the American Forensics Association-National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) in 2012 and 2013.  This year, Postler was the national champion in Impromptu Speaking and 6th in Individual Sweepstakes out of 198 eligible competitors. Postler and fellow seniors Michael Taylor and Mandy Paris also placed 10th overall at the NFA National Tournament in 2013 as well.

Several undergraduate candidates received Purple and Old Gold Awards.

For meritorious scholarship:

  • Rachel Tish, Communications
  • Dawn Sagert, Electronic Media (Fall 2012 graduate)
  • Scotti Schon, Public Relations

For conspicuous achievement:

  • Greg Lilly, Electronic Media
  • Harrison Postler, Forensics
  • Kathleen Huinker, Journalism
  • Coral Thede, Performance Studies

The following students were listed in the commencement program as candidates for degrees in Communication Studies in the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences:

Graduate candidates (MA)

  • Lizbeth Alosilla (Peru)
  • Jorge De Leon (Rancho Cucamonga, California)
  • Lori Miller (Waterloo)
  • Jean Carlos Luis Quinones (San Antonio, Texas)
  • Katelyn Santy (Fond du Lac, Wisconsin)
  • Aaron Steinman (Cedar Falls)
  • Alicia Wedeking (Blairstown)
  • Mark Winburn (Waterloo)
  • Goerkem Yesilnur (Germany)
  • Hicham Zemmahi (Morocco)

Undergraduate candidates (BA)

  • Jared Alderdyce, Electronic Media
  • Blake Anderson, Electronic Mediaspring 2013 graduates
  • Kathryn Anglum, Public Relations
  • Media Appleget, Public Relations
  • Allison Arp, Public Relations
  • Abby Aspengren, Public Relations
  • Chase Aunspach, Communication & Sociology
  • Cole Bair, Electronic Media
  • Brandon Baker, Public Relations
  • Abbey Barry, Public Relations
  • Marcus Berschman, Communication
  • Kylia Bleam, Public Relations
  • Sonya Block, Communication
  • Mackenzie Bloom, Public Relations
  • Kevin Brown, Electronic Media
  • Hilary Bruner, Communication
  • Tessa Burgin, Communication
  • Samantha Byers, Electronic Media
  • Brittany Campbell, Public Relations
  • Erica Canfield, Public Relations
  • Felicia Carillo, Communication
  • Phillip Chappo, Electronic Media
  • Ryan Clark, Communication
  • McKenzie Coles, Communication
  • Olivia Connolly, Communication
  • Jeffrey Coons, Communication
  • Jill Cooper, Communication
  • Miranda Crannell, Communication
  • Jerica Crawford, Communication
  • Taylor Daubenberger, Communication
  • Holly Devens, Communication
  • Maggie Donovan, Electronic Media
  • Brittany Duckett, Communication
  • Luke Easter, Electronic Media
  • Chelsie Elliott, Public Relations
  • Joseph Evans, Communication
  • Rachel Faust, Public Relations
  • Tehrene Firman, Communication
  • Kristin Foxhoven, Interpersonal Communication
  • Megan Frangenberg, Public Relations
  • Ethan Gambrall, Communication
  • Shelby Gappa, Electronic Media
  • Tyler Gardner, Electronic Media
  • Carissa Goematt, Communication
  • Amanda Goins, Public Relations
  • Kyle Gordon, Communication
  • Gabriel Halverson, Electronic Media
  • Allison Hamilton, Public Relations
  • Ben Hammann, Electronic Media
  • Will Hansen, Communication
  • Nicholas Hinzmann, Public Relations
  • Kathleen Huinker, Electronic Media
  • Katherine Hunt, Public Relations
  • Ian Huntley, Public Relations
  • Tara Jackson, Communication
  • Joshua Jacobs, Electronic Media
  • Samantha Jeffrey, Communication
  • Anna Johnson, Communication
  • Cassondra Keenan, Public Relations
  • Bryn Klein, Public Relations
  • Ramah Knox, Public Relations
  • Nathan Konrardy, Interpersonal Communication & Philosophy
  • Karleen Lensing, Communication
  • Mark Less, Electronic Media
  • David Maixner, Electronic Media
  • Jennifer Mann, Communication
  • Katelyn Markey, Communication
  • Michael Marquart, Communication
  • Bethany Marshall, Communication
  • Blanca Martinez, Electronic Media
  • Katherine Massina, Public Relations
  • Sean McClain, Electronic Media
  • Megan McConnell, Communication
  • Kristen McPheron, Communication
  • Jennifer Miller, Communication
  • Anthony Mitchell, Electronic Media
  • Marcus Morris, Public Relations
  • Raymond Nietert, Communication
  • Rebecca Nims, Communication
  • Jacquelyn Nolte, Communication
  • Morgan Norberg, Public Relations
  • Elodie Opstad, Communication
  • Katy Paulsen, Communication
  • Anthony Pertzborn, Communication
  • Brandon Poll, Electronic Media
  • Laura Porter, Public Relations
  • Harrison Postler, Communication
  • Aaron Potter, Public Relations
  • Laura Rasmussen, Public Relations
  • Emily Ries, Public Relations
  • Brittany Rivera, Communication
  • Hannah Rodriguez, Public Relations
  • Nathan Ross, Public Relations
  • Paige Ruba, Public Relations
  • Scotti Schon, Public Relations
  • Tyler Sharp, Public Relations
  • Nana Simpson, Communication
  • Eric Smid, Communication
  • Heather Smith, Communication
  • Taylor Smith, Electronic Media
  • Lottie Staggs, Communication
  • Kyle Stephens, Communication
  • Michael Sweeney, Communication & Theatre Education
  • Coral Thede, Communication
  • Mary-Rose Thill, Communication
  • Justus Thompson, Public Relations
  • Rachel Tish, Organizational Communication
  • Kirsten Tjossem, Communication
  • Cally Wageman, Communication
  • Jason Walker, Communication
  • Cory Weaver, Communication
  • Alexaudria Weichers, Electronic Media
  • Ethan Weishaar, Electronic Media
  • Ashley Werthmann, Public Relations

Also, in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences:

  • Christina Bettini, Political Communication
  • Taylor Christiansen, Political Communication
  • Jerdell Graf, Political Communication
  • Samantha Jackson, Political Communication
  • Jayne Rickel, Political Communication
  • Evan Shares, Political Communication and Global Studies
  • Christine Schick, Political Communication and Public Relations
  • Nhung Thi Phuong Vo, Political Communication
Photo: Grant Atherton (center) and other Communication Studies BA candidates await their moment to walk across the stage at the McLeod Center.