USF Honors & Awards Banquet

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(Left to Right) USF Mass Communications students Marissa Kosiec and Michaela Williams. Columnist Daniel Ruth accepts award.

by Carol Lim

The School of Mass Communications at the University of South Florida honored 69 students in advertising, public relations, journalism, telecommunications and 4 seeking graduate degrees at its Honors and Awards Banquet on April 17, 2014. Public relations seniors Marissa Kosiec and Michaela Williams were among 12 students inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha, the honor society. Kosiec and Williams look forward to graduation and hope to line up their first jobs soon.

“I enjoyed my time at USF. My skills here will be extremely useful in the public relations industry. I’m extremely excited to start a new chapter in life,” said Williams.

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Tampa Bay Times columnist Daniel Ruth received this year’s Kappa Tau Alpha Hall of Fame Award. It is given to a Floridian who has contributed to and advanced mass communications in the state. Ruth co-shared the 2013 Pulitzer Prize with Tim Nickens, the Times’ Editor of Editorials. Both wrote editorials questioning Pinellas County Commission’s decision in 2011 to remove fluoride from the county water supply and put 700,000 county residents at risk. Ruth also is the first USF graduate to win the Pulitzer Prize. Before writing for the Tampa Bay Times, Ruth was a reporter, film critic, television critic, columnist and editorial writer for the Tampa Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times. Ruth thanked USF and his family for supporting him through the ups and downs of his journalism career and especially during 2008 when a bad economy forced many newsrooms to layoff staff.

Dr. Larry V. Flegle, former WQYK AM broadcaster and country music radio station owner, was named this year’s Outstanding Alumnus. Flegle also runs AMU Internet Radio for American Public University.

Congratulations to all and the Class of 2014 at USF!

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