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The Department of Communication couldn’t let this week go by without recognizing its outstanding seniors. The department is honoring several graduates in Communication Studies, Journalism and Digital Media Arts each day. Below are just a few profiles. To read them all, visit the Communication Studies Facebook page where every senior is being recognized.

Andrew Phelan

A talented writer, COM major Andrew Phelan has a passion for theater and enjoyed his time with the Canisius College Little Theatre and at his internship at the Kavinoky Theatre in Buffalo. He’s this year’s recipient of the Thalia Feldman Memorial Award in Art History and earned an Academic Achievement award in Communication Studies.  Andrew shared two of his favorite quotes on the occasion of completing his degree:

  • “I did it all by myself … okay, nothing further from the truth.” (Allison Janney accepting her Oscar)
  • “One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.” (Lucille Ball)
Rebecca Brandel

Rebecca Brandel is always going somewhere. She managed to get six separate internships, studied a semester in London and served as USA’s executive vice president senior year. It’s no surprise she was president of the Commuter Student Association. Now, Becca … just take a deep breath and get ready to jump into your new life. Let us know where you land.

Noah Cliff

JRN/COM major Noah Cliff worked as an intern for the Buffalo Bills Media Relations Department for two seasons, and also completed internships with Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and Uniland Development. You can hear him on the “What the BUF” podcast that he started with fellow COM major Tessa Pszonak. Noah is president of the Canisius chapter of Lambda Pi Eta and this year’s recipient of the Academic Excellence in Journalism Award and an Academic Achievement award in Communication. He’s built life-long relationships with his professors in the COM department, and we look forward to the great things Noah will accomplish!

Christie Connelly

COM/PSY major Christie Connelly is the recipient of the Communication Studies Academic Excellence Award, which is given to the COM major with the highest grade-point-average. Christie was the secretary of The CrescenDON’Ts this year and has been an active member of this a cappella group since she transferred to Canisius in 2018. As part of a Gender class project, Christie was instrumental in helping to raise over $3,000 and collect over 100 sports bras for The Kitenga Girl’s School. Christie delivered an impressive standup comedy routine in her Humor class and is a member of Lambda Pi Eta. Congrats Christie!

Submitted by: Barbara Irwin, PhD and Melissa Wanzer, EdD, professors, Communication Studies