Making an Impact

Distinguished Achievement Award

Each year, the David C. Bicker Distinguished Achievement Award is presented to a student selected by the Department of Communication Studies faculty. The faculty chooses a student who consistently excels academically and demonstrates the ability to integrate faith and learning. The recipient of this award is recognized for their potential to impact our culture for God.

Past Recipients

  • Sofia Figueroa—2016
  • Matthew Ross—2015
  • Erica L. Palacios—2014
  • Emily D. Wood—2013
  • Luke N. Hedden—2012
  • Rachael Lynn Fields—2011
  • Benjamin J. Ritter—2010
  • Kimberly R. Wilcox—2009
  • Sara Josephine Clark—2008
  • Kevin Richard Shore—2007
  • Keeley E. Rodman—2006
  • Carissa Roggenstein—2005

Recent Keynotes and Topics

"Stomping on Jesus: Navigating Difficulties Conversations with Truth and Love in the Argument Culture"
Timothy Muehlhoff, Ph.D., Professor of Communication Studies, Biola University

“Parables: The Gospel in Nutshells and Other Contemporary Comedic Forms”
Terrence Lindvall, Ph.D., C.S. Lewis Endowed Chair of Communication and Christian Thought, Virginia Wesleyan College

“Hyphens, Hybrids and Hyperspaces as Border Crossings of Possibility”
Dr. Bryant Keith Alexander, Dean, Collage of COmmunication and Fine Arts, Loyola Marymount University

“Time to Move Beyond 'Civility'? What the President, the Media and the Rest of Us Should Do with a Second Term”
Dr. Don Waisanen, Assistant Professor, City University of New York

“The Wound that Wants to Be Whole: A Call to Forgiveness”
Dr. Angela Brenton, Dean, University of Arkansas

“Media Effects on Identity Formation”
Dr. Keli Finnerty-Myers, Professor, Pepperdine University

See a full list of previous IMPACT Conference Keynote Speakers (PDF).