CSCA — Cooper Award

Hanna Larsen is the first South Dakota State University graduate student recipient since 1999 to be honored with the Central States Communication Association Cooper Award.

Associate Professor Joshua Westwick congratulates Hanna Larsen after she won the Cooper Award, given by the Central States Communication Association.

Associate Professor Joshua Westwick congratulates Hanna Larsen after she won the Cooper Award, given by the Central States Communication Association.

Larsen, who was a second-year master’s student in the communication studies department this past academic year, has been awarded the Cooper Award. “Hannah’s work in teaching traditional and online sections of SPCM 101 has been phenomenal,” said

Joshua Westwick, associate professor in communication studies and theater.

Larsen’s work was praised by Andrew Herrmann, chair of the Cooper Award. “The work you are doing is astounding and all of the committee members are in awe and are humbled by all your hard work, your expertise and your dedication,” said Herrmann.

This prestigious award was named after former Central States Communication Association president Pamela J. Cooper. To be eligible for this award, one must be a master’s degree or doctorate level graduate teaching assistant. The winner receives a $50 cash award and a certificate.

Larsen was up against applicants from 13 states.

“I’m lucky to have had many opportunities to teach different classes during my time as a graduate student—including honors sections of Speech 101,” said Larsen, who was grateful for the support from her adviser and mentors who wrote letters of support and helped review her application materials.

South Dakota State gives its graduate students the opportunity to teach while they learn, something that is critical to their development. SDSU also gives its students the opportunity to work closely with faculty and other professors.

“I’m very thankful to have been chosen as the recipient of the Cooper Award, but I think it reflects the success of our university and the communication studies program more than my personal success as an instructor,” said Larsen.

Larsen is originally from Groton and graduated from SDSU in 2013 with an undergraduate degree in psychology. Larsen has been selected as the adviser and student services specialist for the Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College. She will work in student recruitment and retention.

Jenna Croymans

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