Julie Mission Receives 2017 Mary E. Jarrard Award

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (October 4, 2017) – Julie Mission, a graduate student in the communications program at Bob Jones University, was the 2017 recipient of the Mary E. Jarrard Graduate Student Paper Award for the Most Outstanding Research Paper presented at the Carolinas Communication Association (CCA) Conference held at Clemson University Sept. 29 and 30.

“We want to congratulate Julie on her award from the Carolinas Communication Association and commend her for her outstanding work,” said Dr. Darren Lawson, dean of BJU’s School of Fine Arts and Communication.  “We are especially pleased that graduate students from BJU’s MA in Communication program have received top awards at the CCA conference for two years in a row.”

Mission’s paper, entitled “Walk a Mile in Their Shoes: A Narrative Experience in Persuasion,” was originally written for a qualitative research methods course to demonstrate multi-sensory methods charitable organizations can use to tell their stories and cause their publics to see a new perspective.

Students from a variety of universities participated in the conference, including the University of North Carolina (UNC) Charlotte, UNC Greensboro, Clemson University, James Madison University, and Texas Tech University.

The CCA provides a forum that encourages student scholarship and honors Mary E. Jarrard, a lifelong CCA member who was devoted to encouraging student participation at the conference. The Mary E. Jarrard Award is given each year to an outstanding undergraduate and graduate student paper.

Mission, a resident of Greenville, received a certificate and a monetary prize for this accomplishment.