RSU Communications Students Receive Broadcasting Awards

Several communications students at Rogers State University received awards this year from the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters and Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association.

The awards will be presented on Friday, March 28, at the organizations’ annual convention in Oklahoma City.

Josh Buehler of Oologah, Candice Nivison of Tulsa, and James Hughes, Travis Peck and Kellen Watson of Claremore will be honored at the convention.

Buehler and Peck received first place in the radio public service announcement category for their PSA titled “Box City #3.” Buehler also won second place in the radio promotion category for his “what are people saying?” radio spot.

Nivison and Watson received third place in the radio public service announcement category for their PSA on the Women in Non-Traditional Careers Fair at RSU. Nivison also won third place in the radio hard news category for her news report titled “News You Can Use” on RSU Radio, KRSC FM 91.3.

In addition, Hughes, who is a senior at RSU, was selected to receive the Harold and Frances Langford Stuart Scholarship. This year, the OAB awarded the scholarships to six students from four Oklahoma universities. The $2,000 scholarship will be used specifically for tuition. To be eligible, the student must maintain a “B” average, be a junior or senior, carry at least 12 hours each semester and plan to enter the broadcasting field upon graduation.

“This is the third year we have had students from RSU apply for the scholarship and this is the third year we have had a student receive one,” said Cathy Coomer, RSU communication instructor, advisor to the Student Broadcasting Association and RSU representative for the Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association.

This year, 15 Oklahoma universities, colleges and community colleges entered in 29 categories, including radio, television and interactive media. Categories in radio and television included news, promotion, sports, commercials, public service and more.

The students will be recognized during the Student Day luncheon held in conjunction with the OAB Convention. The RSU communications students will have the opportunity to attend a variety of panel discussions on topics such as TV ethics, generating money in radio and managing motivation for a career in sales, Coomer said.

Steve Doyle, RSU Radio station manager, will be attending the OAB Engineering Conference, also held in Oklahoma City on March 27.