be_ixf;ym_202311 d_29; ct_50

Communication Department — 2019 EU graduation awards

Published on May 29, 2019 by Paul K. Logsdon

(L-to-R) Vivian Smith received the 2019 “Carl G. Conner Journalism Award;” Austin Twigg was honored as the “Outstanding Graduate in Digital Arts” and with recognition for “Outstanding Academic Achievement;” Ethan Swick was given the award for “Outstanding Graduate in Film and Broadcasting;” Mallory Johnson received the “Outstanding Graduate in Multimedia Journalism;” and Hannah Sowers has the honor of receiving the “Outstanding Graduate in Communication Studies” // PHOTO BY: Paul K. Logsdon


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Department of Communication at Evangel University has announced its 2019 graduation awards. The awards were given during the Baccalaureate service Thursday, May 2, in the Robert H. Spence Chapel auditorium.

Evangel’s student media began with the newspaper when the University was founded in 1955, and opportunities have expanded with the changing times.

Students study video, audio and film production, journalism, public relations, advertising, public speaking, multimedia design and much more — all applied through methods of electronic media, print and oral communication.


The following awards were presented:

Outstanding Graduate in Advertising/Public Relations

  • Rebekah Dinwiddie from Nixa, Missouri

Outstanding Graduate in Film & Broadcasting

  • Ethan Swick from Ponca, Nebraska

Outstanding Graduate in Digital Arts

  • Austin Twigg from Springfield, Missouri

Outstanding Graduate in Multimedia Journalism

  • Mallory Johnson from Cherry Valley, Arkansas

Outstanding Graduate in Communication Studies

  • Hannah Sowers from Gallup, New Mexico

Outstanding Academic Achievement

  • Austin Twigg from Springfield, Missouri

Carl G. Conner Journalism Award

  • Vivien Smith from Cincinnati, Ohio


The Class of 2019

Evangel University and its seminary saw 511 degrees conferred this spring at the joint graduation ceremony May 5, 2019.

The 61st Annual Commencement for Evangel and the 46th Annual Commencement for Assemblies of God Theological Seminary were held concurrently in the James River Church auditorium in Ozark, Missouri. The two schools were consolidated in 2013 and combined their graduations in 2018.

More than 4,000 family and friends from around the world gathered on Friday to celebrate the students.

There were 511 graduates earning 32 doctoral, 105 master’s, 323 bachelor’s and 51 associate’s degrees. The majority of the AA’s were from Evangel’s James River College campus.

The speaker was Dr. Greg Mundis, a 1999 Evangel graduate, “missionary kid,” and orthopedic surgeon specializing in spine deformity surgery. Mundis regularly performs spinal surgeries overseas, making it possible for children to have access to surgical procedures that are largely not available in their home countries.

The pre-graduation story is on the Evangel University website and has a feature on Mundis and his life of service to the needy.

Evangel University, which includes AGTS, is a comprehensive Christian university committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the church and society globally. Evangel serves more than 2,100 students from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries, offering 65 undergraduate majors and 19 master’s and doctoral degrees.




The College of Adult & Graduate Studies

The Behavioral & Social Sciences Department

The Business Department

The Communication Department

The Education Department

The Humanities Department

The Kinesiology Department

The Music Department

The Natural & Applied Sciences Department

The Theology & Global Church Ministries Department