Dean of The University of Alabama’s College of Communication and Information Sciences, Dr. Mark Nelson, was honored with a certificate of appreciation from the west/central Alabama chapter of the Association of the United States Army.
The certificate is given in recognition of extraordinary support of those who serve in the military. It is the first award of its kind that has been given to a UA faculty member.
“It is a privilege to recognize Dean Nelson for his support of the men and women serving our country,” said Lt. Col. Nicolas Britto, chapter president. “For years now he has been supporting us in programs, giving us advice and has been helpful in getting information out to the community.”
One particular area of assistance has been with the resources provided for the American Legion Oratorical Contest, a constitutional speech contest for American high school students which awards more than $138,000 each year in scholarships. With Nelson’s support and partnership, Dr. Alexa Chilcutt instructed local ROTC high school students in the competition rules, and opened the Speaking Studio as a resource for the crafting of their speeches.
“I am humbled to be recognized by Lt. Col. Britto and the Association of the United States Army,” said Nelson. “I have great admiration for the work they do every day to serve our country and it was an honor to partner in bringing instruction and resources to the oratorical contest. We both serve organizations who are committed to preparing the next generation of leaders, and I look forward to more opportunities like this in the future.”
The Association of the United States Army is a private, nonprofit, educational association of individual, business and organization members dedicated to supporting and maintaining a strong, national defense with emphasis on the role of the U.S. Army.
The Speaking Studio is a communitywide resource staffed with public speaking consultants who offer immediate, constructive feedback to help students craft effective messages, cultivate dynamic delivery and calm public speaking anxiety.
The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.