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2018 Communication Awards Banquet to be Held April 4th

The Department of Communication's 63rd annual Awards Banquet will be held at the Little America Hotel on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 6 p.m. The reception and ceremony will honor distinguished community award winners as well as student scholarship recipients. 

comm dept sealThe event starts with a reception at 6 p.m. in the Little America Ballroom Foyer, followed by the banquet at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Ballroom of the Little America Hotel at 500 S. Main in Salt Lake City. All are invited to attend, but RSVPs are required. RSVP online here and purchase tickets here or call Jessica Finch at 801-581-6889.


  • $40 for students and guests of student scholarship winners 
  • $60 for professionals
  • To sponsor a table, which seats up to 8 and benefits student scholarships, purchase here

The 63rd annual event will feature the presentation of three major community awards:

The Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes significant contributions to the state and the Intermountain West, will be awarded to:

  • Gerald Brown, Utah State Refugee Coordinator

The Service to Journalism Award which recognizes significant contributions to the world of journalism, will be awarded to: 

  • Joan O'Brien, Founder of Utah Newspaper Project

The Alumni Achievement Awards will be presented to:

  • Paul Smith, Former Political Reporter and Communication Director for Sen. Orrin Hatch
  • Marlene Von Friederichs-Fitzwater, Executive Director/Founder, Health Communication Research Institute
  • Brent Welch, Former Worldwide Chief Operating Officer, Teleperformance 

The Communication Awards Banquet also honors students who have won awards or scholarships, and will be awarding a record amount in scholarships. The event will also recognize new members of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national honor society for students in journalism and mass communication. See photos from the 2017 banquet here

We hope you will join us to celebrate these fantastic community award winners, distinguished alums and high-achieving students!

RSVP online here and purchase tickets here or call Jessica Finch at 801-581-6889.

Last Updated: 2/16/18