O'Connell, Turnbull Named Communication Students of the Year

In recognition of outstanding academic achievement, Emily O’Connell ’14 and Logan Turnbull ’14 have earned the 2014 Ronald J. Fraser Award as top students in the Communication Department.

Emily O'Connell and Logan TurnbullA communication major from Medfield, Mass., Emily will attend graduate school at Boston University, where she will pursue a degree in television.

“Emily has a strong work ethic and her writing skills are exemplary,” says Wanjiru Mbure, assistant professor of communication. “Additionally, her analytical and critical thinking skills are outstanding. In team projects, she takes on leadership opportunities and keeps her peers on task. Emily has great capacity for research and excellent potential as she pursues graduate studies.”

Logan, a mediated communications major from Needham, Mass., created an advertising minor for himself and plans on working for an advertising agency in the Boston area after graduation.

“Logan's intellect rivals his work ethic,” says Ron Leone, professor of communication. “As a student, and more importantly as a person, he's fully engaged with the world around him, and he views learning as a lifelong process extending beyond papers, tests, assignments and course grades. He distinguishes himself through his work in all these areas. Yet, I know that this is merely the beginning for Logan, and I look forward to the contributions he will make in his professional life as a Stonehill graduate.”

Emily and Logan will each present research papers at the 2014 Eastern Communication Association (ECA) conference in Providence, R.I.