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Professor earns top award at the 2017 National Communication Association Convention

In November, Associate Professor of Communications and Africana Studies Elizabeth F. Desnoyers-Colas, received the National Communication Association’s 2017 Black Caucus Rex Crawley Outstanding Service Award.

The award recognizes the contributions made by an active member of the National Communication Association who does extraordinary works of service through social advocacy, community service or mentoring.

Cited within the African-American Communication and Culture Division, Desnoyers-Colas was recognized for an array of work on the Armstrong Campus, including her role as the faculty coordinator for the Men of Vision and Excellence (MOVE) African-American male retention initiative. In addition, she is a mentor for the Student African-American Sisterhood, serves as a co-chair on the African-American Heritage Month Committee and is currently the chair of the University System of Georgia Faculty Council.

Desnoyers-Colas is a retired U.S. Air Force officer and the author of Marching as to War: Personal Narratives of African-American Women’s Experiences in the Gulf Wars. On the Armstrong Campus, she previously served as the president of the Faculty Senate.

The National Communication Association advances Communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific and aesthetic inquiry. The organization serves the scholars, teachers and practitioners who are its members by enabling and supporting their professional interests in research and teaching.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research institution founded in 1906, offers 142 degree programs serving more than 27,000 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Savannah, Statesboro, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit

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