School of Communications Students Crush It at Awards Ceremony | Webster University

School of Communications Students Crush It at Awards Ceremony

ST. LOUIS (APR. 21, 2016) – From advertising to audio engineering, from photography to public relations, from freshman to graduate student and across more than half of the award categories, School of Communications students crushed it at the 23rd Annual Student Leadership Awards Ceremony. This included the prestigious George Herbert Walker III Award for Leadership. Student Affairs and the Student Government Association (SGA) sponsored the event, which was held on Sunday, April 17.

Gabrielle Deimeke holding George Herbert Walker III AwardPresident Elizabeth (Beth) Stroble presented the Walker award to Gabrielle (Gaby) Deimeke, a senior majoring in photography. Deimeke earned this honor for being the graduating senior who demonstrated the most significant combination of academic achievement and leadership during her student years at Webster University.  

When asked which accomplishments she was most proud of, Deimeke gave examples that included making a presentation at Webster Groves City Council as part of the Community Engagement Committee in SGA and being part of the Sexual Assault and Prevention Task Force.

She described the experience at the city council as “amazing, and felt the sexual assault committee was "representing the student voice in the community.”

She characterized the work on the task force as “behind the scenes leadership experiences” and believed they were “worthwhile not because you get credit for them, but because I know that I had a part in making a positive change on an important issue on campus.”

The Webster University student section of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) received the award for Student Organization of the Year. Benjamin (Ben) Shull, AES president, accepted the award for outstanding leadership of a student organization.Alumnus & SOC advisory board member Adam Neal with AES president Benjamin Shull

Five SOC students earned Leadership Certificates. By participating in the WebsterLEADS program and completing  the WebsterLEADS curriculum, Anas Alzaharani, Gabrielle Deimeke, Olivia Heibeck, Shannon Kelleher and Jeanine Liautaud received certificates and medallions to wear at Commencement.

Freshman Michelle Kimbrel received the Mark Govoni Emerging Leader Award.

Associate Dean Paaige K. Turner received the Learning Happens Everywhere Faculty Award. It is awarded in recognition of “exemplary collaboration with Student Affairs staff to facilitate learning experiences beyond the classroom.”

See below for a complete list of awards and recognition earned by members of the School of Communications.

Alumni Association Student Leadership: Undergraduate
Sophie Ozier – public relations

Campus Life
Olivia Heibeck – public relations
Jeanine (Jeannie) Liautaud - photography

George Herbert Walker III Leadership
Gabrielle (Gaby) Deimeke - photography

Anas Alzaharani - advertising
Gabrielle (Gaby) Deimeke - photography
Olivia Heibeck – public relations
Shannon (Shay) Kelleher - advertising
Jeanine (Jeannie) Liautaud - photography

Learning Happens Everywhere
Paaige K. Turner, associate dean

Making a Difference
Sierra Hancock - journalism
Shane Jenne – audio engineering
Briana Lawson – communications management
C. Wiley – media communications

Mark Govoni Emerging Leader
Michelle Kimbrel – public relation

Outstanding Leadership of a Student Organization
Benjamin (Ben) Shull – audio engineering

Student Government Association (SGA) Outstanding Student
Sophomore: Kirby Weber – games & game design

Student Organization of the Year
Audio Engineering Society (AES)

Read the Webster Life News feature on the 23rd Annual Awards Ceremony.

About the School of Communications
The School of Communications at Webster University prepares students to excel as skilled professionals in the global field of communications. We provide theory and practice in media courses framed within a liberal arts-based curriculum, augmented by personalized mentorship, and professional development opportunities. Fifteen distinct majors are available at the undergraduate level and master’s degrees in six diverse fields of communications. We offer BA and MA programs on the Webster campuses in Geneva, Vienna, London, Leiden, Thailand, and Ghana, as well as in Saint Louis and online.

About Webster University
With its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Webster University ( comprises an action-oriented global network of faculty, staff, students and alumni who forge powerful bonds with each other and with their communities around the globe. Founded in 1915, Webster is a private non-profit university with more than 17,000 students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and in a robust learning environment online. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.