Communication staffers honored

Posted 6-22-2012 by Barrie Hill

Senior Lecturer Mindia Whittier has been chosen Adjunct Instructor of the Year by the students in the College of Liberal Arts. Whittier was recognized at the College of Liberal Arts Accolades event held April 19 in Irons Recital Hall.


Department of Communication instructors Sandie Idziak and Roby McEuen were honored for their years of service to the university at an employee recognition ceremony. The event, held April 18 in Hereford University Center, recognized faculty and employees who have worked at UTA for 10, 15 and 20 years. Lecturer Sandie Idziak has taught Speech Communication classes for 20 years. Specialist Roby McEuen has taught at the University for 10 years.


Lecturer Melyssa Prince has earned accreditation from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). The process entails being accepted as a candidate, presenting a portfolio of work that demonstrates an ability to research, plan, execute and measure communication plans, followed by a 4.5-hour exam. The exam is comprised of a four-hour written portion and a 30-minute oral defense.


“I was given a crisis scenario and had to come up with a plan of action and convince a panel of other accredited communicators that the plan was solid. The portfolio and exam are evaluated by members of the international organization,” Ms. Prince explains. “After a lot of waiting, I received the word that I had been granted accreditation status. I am very proud to have achieved the ABC designation.”