Civility Cup Award

civility cupThe Communication Leadership Lab will award the 10th annual Civil Citizen Communicator Award this Spring 2024.

This award is given to a Frostburg State University student who has demonstrated communication leadership or a commitment to civility and constructive change within an organization or community over the past year. This person should have demonstrated:

  1. communication competence, 
  2. leadership competence, and
  3. an awareness of and responsiveness to matters of civility that impact others.

This award aligns with the mission of our programs and FSU to support the oral communication competency and leadership development of our students, and it supports regional development through recognition of efforts linking the campus to community partners.


Do you know someone who is committed to changing our university, another organization or society for the better?  If so, submit a nomination for the Civil Citizen Communicator Award. Nominations will be accepted in 2024 until the deadline of Friday, April 19, 2024.

Nominate a candidate or yourself by emailing Brittany Raley, Administrative Assistant for the Department of Communication, at Nominations should include:

  1. nominee’s full name, major(s)/minor(s), and intended graduation date;
  2. if not a self-nomination, your name, role, and relationship to the nominee;
  3. a brief rationale (1000 words or less) explaining why the nominee fits the criteria of this award; and
  4. additional support for the nomination (up to three written documents, photos or videos of speeches or events, promotional materials, letters of acknowledgement, etc.).

A panel of reviewers external to the Department of Communication will rank and determine the award winner.

Each award winner’s name is etched on the Civility Cup plaque, which is displayed near the Department of Communication suite in Gira Center for Communications and Information Technology (CCIT). In addition to the public announcement in May, a formal certificate of acknowledgement will be given to the student who receives this honor. Winners will now also receive a small monetary award.

Previous Winners

2023: Rachael Michalski, Criminal and Legal Studies and Spanish majors. Anticipated graduation May 2025.

2022: Max Hancock, Economics major and Geography and Sustainability minors. Anticipated graduation May 2023.

2021: Cassie Conklin, Geography major. Graduated in May 2021.

2020: Tyler Bauer, Political Science and Criminal Justice majors, Sociology minor. Graduated in May 2020.

2019 & 2018: Benjamin D. Forrest, Math and Political Science majors. Graduated in May 2020.

2017: Madison Lawrence, Ethnobotany major, Biology, Forestry, and Cultural Anthropology minors. Graduated in May 2019.

2016: Trevor T. Jones, Communication Studies and Philosophy majors. Graduated in May 2017.

2015: Sophia Cooper, Mass Communication major. Graduated in May 2015.

If you have any questions regarding the award or nomination process, please contact Dr. Elesha L. Ruminski, Professor of Communication Studies and Coordinator of Leadership Studies and the Communication Leadership Lab, at