PCA Honors Its Students During Moving-Up Day Ceremony - April 26, 2014

Kirk Douglas Award: Samantha Bice '14

The Kirk Douglas Drama Award is presented annually to the student who has made the greatest contribution in the field of dramatic arts. Sam Bice is a talented &reliable theatre technician who has been involved in nearly all of the Performance &Communication Arts Department’s recent productions.  She has impressed both faculty & students with her collaborative, technical and leadership skills in her roles as Teaching Asst, Stage Manager & Lighting Designer.

Fuzak Award: Colleen Nerney '14

The Joan M. Fuzak Award is given annually to a senior who demonstrates creativity and promise as an actress or actor and who has made a contribution to the university community. Colleen Nerney is indeed a talented actor but she’s also a skilled director & technician. She is professional & reliable, she is collaborative, & she’s funny, having regaled SLU audiences as the Nurse, & also the Prince, in our recent production of Romeo & Juliet.

Rhetoric and Communication Studies Awards: Alex Ball '14, Erin Connelly '14, Tiara Davis '14, and Marc Perroni '14

The Rhetoric and Communication Studies Award is given annually to a senior who demonstrates outstanding work in the fields of rhetoric and communication.  We have four students this year who are deserving of this award.  I will present them in alphabetical order.

Alex Ball's talents range from fly fishing to rhetorical criticism to what one of my colleagues refers to as “ritual wizardry.”  His positive energy is infectious, and his creativity and ability to exceed expectations make working with him a joy.

Erin Connelly is a creative, talented, diligent student who never backs down from a challenge. Whether using rhetoric in projects aimed at increasing healthy food access in Canton schools or dancing across the stage, she throws herself into her work and inspires others with her dedication and kindness.

Tiara Davis is a force to be reckoned with, striving to meet any challenge put in front of her.  Whether writing about Black Hair or putting together a performance piece on love, loss, and prisons, she refuses to steer clear of tough questions, but rather challenges her classmates and professors to engage important issues.  Congratulations to Tiara Davis.

Marc Perroni is a student whose independent study on the Internet as the new frontier illustrates his hunger for knowledge and willingness to wrestle with difficult ideas.  His diligence, empathy for others, and intellectual drive have made him a stand-out in the PCA Department.