By Joan Niesen
Columbia, Mo. (Dec. 14, 2009) — The Journalism Graduate Students Association (JGSA) honored two members of the journalism graduate faculty with its Excellence in the Graduate School award.
This year, Professor Emeritus George Kennedy and Associate Professor Elizabeth Brixey were selected as recipients. Kennedy was a long-time editor of the Missourian and now teaches graduate-level seminars, and Brixey is a city editor at the Missourian.
|Professor Emeritus George Kennedy and Associate Professor Elizabeth Brixey at the Dec. 8, 2009, reception.|
“The Journalism Graduate Student Association started the Excellence in the Graduate School to recognize faculty and staff for their exceptional work with graduate students,” Madoline Markham, the president of JGSA, said.
The awards, which were started in the fall of 2008, are based solely on student nominations and voting. Graduate students were given the opportunity to write a paragraph nominating their favorite professors, and once nominations were submitted, students were given a chance to vote online.
“This award was both a surprise and an honor,” Kennedy said. “I treasure it especially because it resulted from a vote of the graduate students.”
Awards were presented on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at a reception in the Reynolds Journalism Institute, where graduate students were given an opportunity to congratulate Brixey and Kennedy. Both professors were presented with gift certificates in addition to their awards.