RSU Communications Student Nabs State Award

Cade Thomas holding his award.Rogers State University student Cade Thomas, a communications sophomore from Broken Arrow, earned second place honors during the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters annual awards presentation last week in Oklahoma.

Thomas won second place in the Radio Narrative Short category for his piece “Hurtling through the Cosmos” in the statewide competition that featured entries from the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, University of Central Oklahoma, Cameron University, Langston University, Oklahoma Baptist University and Oklahoma City Community College. The Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association awards were presented during a March 30 ceremony and luncheon at the Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City.

Prior to the ceremony, students participated in the annual OAB Career Fair where they met individually with professionals in the field of radio and TV broadcasting from across the state about job opportunities and internships. In addition to the awards ceremony, the OAB awarded six $2,000 scholarships to students based on their career goals, financial need and school experience. RSU students have received OAB scholarships seven times in the past with the most recent recipient in 2016.

Other RSU students attending the OAB convention including senior Geoff Parachin of Tulsa, senior Brylee Harbuck of Disney, senior Rebekah Newton of Jenks, senior Gavin Rose of Collinsville, sophomore Emily Roberts of Collinsville, and RSU Assistant Professor Cathy Coomer, who serves as the advisor for the RSU Student Broadcasting Association.

RSU offers a bachelor’s degree in communications with options in communication arts, corporate communications and radio-television, along with minors available in each of the specialty areas. For more information about the RSU Department of Communications, visit or call 918-343-6825.