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Doctoral Candidate Yvonne Slosarski Wins 2016 Outstanding Service Award

(December 14, 2016) Yvonne Slosarski, a University of Maryland doctoral candidate in Rhetoric and Political Culture, was awarded the Department of Communication Outstanding Service Award for 2016. Known as a dedicated Graduate Assistant for Honors Humanities students, Slosarski is also involved in numerous other associations, committees, and efforts on campus.

First presented in 2009, the Outstanding Service Award is given to Communication graduate students who demonstrate considerable involvement in the graduate program through their service activities. Such service activities often go beyond assignments given by the department. Given on a nomination basis, the Outstanding Service Award honors graduate students who are dedicated to improving the department.

Slosarski has continually demonstrated efforts to advance the Communication department. In addition to teaching Oral Communication (COMM107), Slosarski is active in the Communication Graduate Student Association. Having served as President of Communication Grads, Slosarski also helped win a grant to develop the department’s Recovering Democracy Archives. In addition to service, Slosarski is currently working on her dissertation, entitled “Freedom from the Market: Rhetorical Disruptions of Neoliberal Capitalism.”

When prompted about her recent honor, Slosarski responded that she was delighted to have her service recognized at the departmental level. “Service's rewards are intrinsic, so to get recognized for it by the department was very encouraging!”

Slosarski continues to develop the Communication department at the University of Maryland and is integral to the Honors Humanities Living and Learning Program.