Casey, Holmes, LoRusso Named 2019 Communication Department Students of the Year

July 23, 2019


Emily Casey '19 with former Provost Joe Favazza and Professor Anne Mattina

Three students in the Communication Department are being recognized as 2019 Communication Students of the Year.  Emily Casey ’19, Pierrce Holmes ’19 and Lauren LoRusso ’19 were honored for their commitment to scholarship during their time at the College. 

Emily Casey ’19 – Communication Faculty Service Award

Casey, of Londonderry, New Hampshire, was awarded the Communication Faculty Service Award. Casey hopes to be a college admission counselor and support high school students as they navigate the college application process.  

Stonehill has taught me how to speak up for things I believe in; I feel well-versed in advocating for change and justice,” said Casey. Stonehill's mission is to educate the mind but not at the expense of the heart and I think that focus is what makes me so prepared to be a leader who can impact the world. 

While at Stonehill, Casey was accepted into the Lambda Epsilon Sigma (LES) and Lambda Pi Eta honor societies. Her leadership roles include Resident Hall Association president, Student Alumni Association vice president, student ambassador in Lux et Spes Society for the Office of Undergraduate Admission, news editor for The Summit, student representative for the Student Conduct Board, HOPE Program participant in Peru and New Orleans and teaching assistant for Mediated Communication.  

Pierrce Holmes ’19 – Ronald J. Fraser Award in Communication Studies

Pierrce Holmes '19 with former Provost Joe Favazza and Professor Anne Mattina

Holmes, a communication and philosophy double majorreceived the Communication Department Ronald J. Fraser Award in Communication Studies Student of the Year Award as well as the Philosophy Department Student of the Year Award. The Springfield, Massachusetts, native was also chosen by his classmates to be the student speaker at Commencement 

Holmes was accepted at a dozen of the most renowned law schools in the nation and has decided to attend Penn Law at the University of Pennsylvania.  

“Stonehill forced me to analyze things critically and holistically,” said Holmes. “My classes have covered such a wide breadth of subject matter that I find myself able to view things from numerous different angles or otherwise able to learn from people who have very different backgrounds — socially and academically — from my own who might be better versed in a particular topic. I feel prepared to understand all kinds of people and subject matters, which is a skill that makes me a better scholar, worker and person.” 

Lauren LoRusso ’19 – Ronald J. Fraser Award in Mediated Communication

Lauren LoRusso '19 with former Provost Joe Favazza and Professor Anne Mattina

LoRusso was awarded the Ronald J. Fraser Award in Mediated Communication. The communication and gender & sexuality students double major from Walpole, Massachusetts, was accepted into LES and Lambda Pi Eta honor societies. The Moreau Honors student also studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. She served as head resident assistant for Residence Life at Stonehill, communications coordinator for the Diversity Committee and was a member of Girls from the Hill Acapella.  

Stonehill has taught me to listen to myself and trust my gut above all else,” said LoRusso. Learning to be as true to myself as possible has made me confident in my abilities to lead and do good in the world.”