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CO Alum Sheri Porter honored during Homecoming

October 2012

Communication Department alumni Sheri Porter was given an Outstanding Alumni Award during the Avila 2012 Homecoming Weekend.

Sheri graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1997, receiving the Dallavis Award for Outstanding Leadership and Communication - this is the highest award given to a graduating senior.

She began her post graduate career as a children's health reporter for Kansas City's NPR affiliate.  During this time period Sheri was also honored as a Fellow of the Casey Journalism Center at the University of Maryland.

Since 2000, Sheri has worked for the American Academy of Family Physicians.  During her tenure she has traveled the country visiting almost half of the states, and she has written more than 1200 stories, for both print and online media, including stories covering former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

She and her team have won multiple Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards from professional organizations for their work

Working with AAFP she has served as a part of an overseas humanitarian delegation called Physicians with Heart, and the Olathe based Heart to Heart, to deliver medical supplies and family medical education in Viet Nam and a former soviet republic, Moldova.

Recently Sheri worked with a grass roots committee and wrote a biographical essay, which introduced a young writer in South Dakota to potential donors.  The committee raised more than $70,000.

Every spring for the past thirteen years she has served as a mentor to Communication students during our annual Portfolio Day.  Her critiques have helped countless students become successful as Communication Professionals.

We in the School of Visual and Communication Arts were very proud to see Sheri Porter receive this well-deserved accolade.


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