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Five students receive departmental awards

| March 30, 2017

Junior Sarah Bahr (This image shows a headshot of student Sarah Bahr)
Junior Sarah Bahr (This image shows a headshot of student Sarah Bahr)

The Department of Journalism and Public Relations recently awarded scholarships for the 2017-18 school year. The recipients include junior Sarah Bahr, graduate student Allyson Fischlin, freshman Keeley Miller and junior Leighann Strollo. In addition, senior Caroline Ralston Lamkin earned the department’s academic achievement award.

The five students will be honored at the School of Liberal Arts celebration of scholarship convocation on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

“When selecting our scholarship recipients, we look for a combination of academic achievement and student experiences in journalism and public relations,” said Jonas Bjork, department chair. “This year’s awardees are fantastic examples of that combination, and they showcase what journalism and PR education is all about.”

For the second year in a row, Bahr earned a departmental scholarship; this year, she won the M. William Lutholtz Memorial Scholarship. Bahr aspires to be an editor at a newspaper, magazine or publishing house, and has focused on building her résumé while at IUPUI. She writes for The Campus Citizen, IUPUI’s student-run online news publication; she is an editor for Genesis literary magazine; and is a social media manager for the University Writing Center. She is also a 4.0 student.

I’m incredibly grateful to receive this award from the Department of Journalism and Public Relations, as I know I’m only one of many hardworking students on the Campus Citizen staff and in journalism classes I’ve taken at IUPUI,” she said. “I’m hoping to complete an unpaid editorial internship at Indianapolis Monthly this summer, so this scholarship is truly a blessing.”

Miller, a freshman journalism major, combines her writing and photography skills to cover news for The Campus Citizen; for the TownePost Network; and for the Indianapolis Star. Miller was awarded the James W. Brown Scholarship, named for Brown, executive associate dean emeritus of the School of Journalism (now the Department of Journalism and Public Relations). The scholarship is given to a student who is actively involved in journalism on campus.  

It has been such an honor to receive this award, especially as a first-year student,” Miller said. “I am proud to call myself a Jaguar and a student of journalism at IUPUI, so being commended by such an outstanding department is something that I am very grateful for. I hope to continue to grow my skills and experience in the field of journalism, and the scholarship that I am receiving is an immeasurable help.”

Graduate student Fischlin was awarded the Society of Professional Journalists/Bettie Cadou Memorial Scholarship for her impressive professional background and strong grade point average.

“As a graduate student who works full time, it can be challenging to balance work, school, paying bills, and all the other challenges that come with being an adult,” said Fischlin. “Being chosen to receive this scholarship boosted my confidence and served as a reminder that I am on the right track toward success.”

Strollo earned the Patrick J. McKeand Scholarship for her leadership as editor-in-chief of the Citizen. Strollo oversees a staff of almost 30 students. She has worked to expand the Citizen’s readership and social media presence, and strengthened relationships with student government and local sports teams.

“Joining The Campus Citizen my freshman year, I never expected to be editor-in-chief or actually get an award for doing it,” said Strollo. “I feel honored and accomplished.”

The Campus Citizen staff is a really special group of people,” added Strollo. “We’re all friends and know how to have fun while getting our work done. Meetings are the highlight of my week because I’m surrounded by such amazing people who all share their interests and experiences. I have a lot of hope for the future based on what we’ve created here in the past two years.”

Last but not least, Ralston Lamkin received the department’s Academic Achievement Award. This award is given to a graduating senior who has demonstrated the following: excellence in the field; outstanding contributions to the department; and a superior grade point average.

“Caroline is a high-achieving honors student with an excellent GPA,” said Emily Turnier, director of outreach and career services for the department. “She is involved on campus and in the community, and has had several journalism internships, including an ongoing position at IU Communications. The department is proud to present this award to Caroline.”

Ralston Lamkin said she was honored to accept the award because she admires the department’s professors and administrators. “It is because of their experience in the field of journalism and passion in the classroom that I have grown into the student and future professional that I am now,” she said. “To be recognized among so many other hardworking and dedicated students is a remarkable honor.”

Learn more about the department’s scholarships here.