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Emily Juhnke Receives Washburn University Sibberson Award

12/12/14 07:12 am CST
"give hope to the destitute by restoring families and dignity, and by ending cycles of poverty, addiction, abuse and violence."

Emily Juhnke, Hesston, Kan., was presented the Sibberson Award at Washburn University’s fall commencement Friday, Dec. 12. This prestigious award recognizes the highest-ranking members of the senior class in the undergraduate program who completed degrees during the most recent academic year. Micala Edgar, Greenleaf, Kan., and Daniel Strahm, Sabetha, Kan., also were finalists for the fall 2014 Sibberson Award.

Juhnke graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in mass media. In March 2015, she will begin a six-month volunteer internship at the Hillsong Africa Foundation in Cape Town, South Africa. In her role as public relations and communications intern, she plans to help the Foundation improve communications with internal and external audiences and further expand its mission, which is to “give hope to the destitute by restoring families and dignity, and by ending cycles of poverty, addiction, abuse and violence.” After her internship she plans to either stay in Cape Town to pursue a career or return to the United States to pursue a graduate degree.

Juhnke served as a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, NONOSO Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Society for Collegiate Journalists and the International Deans List Society. She was named Student Media Student of the Month in October 2013 and Outstanding Student in Public Relations in April 2014, won second place in the 2013 Study Abroad Photo Essay Contest, and received the Apeiron Poster Design Award in spring 2014.

As a freshman in 2012, Juhnke was one of two students asked to be part of the Washburn University High-Impact Team. The Washburn Engage Initiative, a way to give the entire campus opportunities for service and engagement with community partners in Topeka and surrounding areas, was a product of the team’s goals. She has also volunteered her services through her church with childcare in the nursery and as leader/volunteer for vacation Bible school. Juhnke also worked as a social media intern with the university relations office, high-impact intern with the LinC office, assignment editor for the Washburn Review, and as editor-in-chief for the Mass Media Messenger magazine. She also was a member of the Washburn University Bod Squad and the Washburn University Choir.

For her International Education Washburn Transformational Experience, Juhnke studied abroad through the program Semester at Sea in spring 2013, visiting 16 cities in 12 countries around the world while living and taking courses on a ship. Upon her return, she became involved with the study abroad program by sharing her experiences and participating in a promotional video for the department.

While at Washburn, Juhnke also received the Morris Scholarship, Rehkopf WEA Scholarship, John J. Bryan CAS Scholarship, DoGood Mass Media Scholarship, Masonic Foundation Scholarship, Givens WEA Scholarship, Rand J. Senate WEA Scholarship, Brunt Scholarship, Semester at Sea Merit Scholarship, Culver Trust WEA Scholarship, Valedictorian Scholarship, and Golden Plains Credit Union Scholarship.

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