Success built by perseverance and hard work was the theme
of the evening Thursday, Nov. 10 as six graduates of the School
of Journalism and Mass Communications were honored at the school's
2011 Alumni Awards Dinner held at the Capital City Club in
Honored as Distinguished Alumni were Johnny Boggs '84, Western
author and Spur Award winner, George Johnson, ’96 MA,
former VP for BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and a
SJMC adjunct instructor and Clayton Owen, ’82, senior
director of media relations for AT&T Atlanta and founder
of Curing Kids’ Cancer.
John Baker, ’01, senior art director for TBWA/Chiat/Day
and Kenneth Moton, ’04, reporter for ABC’s Philadelphia
affiliate WPVI, were honored as Outstanding Young Alumni.
Outstanding Young Alumni
Excellence in Service Award
Ken Baldwin, ’49, a retired
newspaper executive and loyal donor to the School of Journalism
and Mass Communications received the Excellence in Service
The school established the alumni awards in 1984 to recognize
former students who have achieved significant recognition in
journalism and mass communications.
The Distinguished Alumni Award is for graduates who have
been out of school for more than 10 years and whose careers
represent significant professional achievement. The Outstanding
Young Alumni Award is for graduates who have been out of school
10 years or less but who have already demonstrated significant
professional accomplishments early in their careers. The service
award honors contributions to the school by alumni and others
in the professional community.