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Alumni Advisory Board & Awards

Saint Louis University’s Department of Communication values the accomplishments of our alumni and the support of the community.

Communication Advisory Board

The Communication Advisory Board consists of professionals in a wide range of communication careers. Its primary purposes are to offer insight into the essential skills the Department of Communication should teach its students and to make suggestions about how the department can improve its curriculum to reflect the changing communication industries.

Applicant Requirements

To join the Communication Advisory Board, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a SLU graduate or St. Louis community member.
  • Reside in the St. Louis area.
  • Be able to attend board meetings, which are held twice each year (generally in October and April).
  • Work/volunteer in a communication-related field, including media, public relations, advertising, human resources, development, fundraising, event planning, corporate communications or marketing.

Please direct questions to the board's faculty liaison, Amber Hinsley, Ph.D.

Apply to be on the Advisory Board

Advisory Board Members

  • Jon Butler, content strategist at Scottrade
  • Rebecca Brunner, brand manager at Purina PetCare Company
  • Maggie Crane, former director of communications/deputy director of operations for St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay
  • Emily Daigh, digital product manager II at Commerce Bank
  • Rich Eichwald, senior vice president and senior partner at Fleishman-Hillard
  • Denise Hollinshed, news reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Amanda Honigfort, producer of special projects and programs at HEC-TV
  • Katie Fultz, senior project director at MaritzCX
  • Erik Lunsford, staff photojournalist and editor at the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
  • Ryan McClure, President at Boys Hope Girls Hope of St. Louis
  • Bess McCoy, public information officer and management analyst at City of Creve Coeur, Missouri
  • Doug Moore, reporter at St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Lauren Stapel, product manager/advice quality at Wells Fargo Advisors

Alumni Awards

The Department of Communication invites nominations for two alumni awards: the Young Alumni Award and the Distinguished Alumni Award. The awards recognize outstanding graduates who were majors, minors or graduate students in the Department of Communication.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Nominees for this award must meet the following requirements:

  • Age 36 or older
  • Have made exemplary contributions to his/her profession and who has shown a commitment to community service that reflects the Jesuit tradition

Young Alumni Award

Nominees for this award must meet the following requirements:

  • Age 35 or younger
  • Have achieved significant professional accomplishments and honors the Jesuit spirit of serving others

The department's advisory board, along with faculty, selects the award winners. Current board members are not eligible for the awards. Awards are presented at the department's annual banquet honoring graduates in May. Nominations are due April 10 of each academic year. Nominations are welcome from the public, as are self-nominations.

For more information about the awards and nomination process, contact Amber Hinsley, Ph.D., the department's faculty liaison to the advisory board.

Mentoring Program

If you are a communication industry professional and are interested in helping college students navigate their careers, consider joining the Department of Communication’s mentoring program.

The department offers a mentoring network to our students to connect with professionals working in a variety of communication industries, including advertising, digital media, event planning, journalism, market research, marketing, nonprofits, project management, public relations, and publishing.

Mentoring can include anything from guest speaking in classes to being paired with a student to providing career advice and resume feedback. Remote mentoring is also an option.

If you’re interested in becoming a mentor, fill out the mentoring interest form. Contact Amber Hinsley, Ph.D. with any questions.