Director of Media Relations, University Communications
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 10, 2009 — Drury senior Mallory Noelke will receive the 2009 Rising Star Award from the Association for Women in Communications (AWC) on Oct. 17 in Seattle, Wash.
Established in 1990, the Rising Star Award is given to one student member out of all 36 AWC chapters in the nation and is the highest honor the AWC can bestow on a student member. Drury Communication Networks, a professional networking organization for communication majors, nominated Noelke on the basis of her contribution to the community and leadership. "I was shocked to hear that I was chosen as the Rising Star for AWC. It's a great honor to be recognized with such a prestigious award," said Noelke.
Noelke, a public relations major, has taken on several positions in communications including being one of 15 students selected by the American Advertising Federation for the prestigious Stickell Intern program. The Stickell program helped Noelke land an internship at the Los Angeles Times this past summer. Noelke’s experience also includes an internship at Springfield-based Noble and Associates promoting the foodchannel.com website.
Currently, Noelke is the special events chair for the AWC chapter at Drury as well as managing editor of the Drury campus newspaper, The Mirror. After graduation, Noelke plans on seeking employment in public relations for a nonprofit organization.
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