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Honoring Boren

Distinguished Service Award Speech: 1998

Robert Boren, Professor at Boise State University, is the 20th Recipient of the Western Slates Communication Association's Distinguished Service Award. This is the most prestigious award presented by the association. The award is given to those who have shown outstanding dedication and commitment to the development of the Western States Communication Association and the Communication Discipline.

Pamela Kalbfleisch, Associate Professor at the University of Wyoming and Chair of the Distinguished Service Award Committee, presented this award to Professor Boren at the Annual Convention of the Western States Communication Association in Denver, Colorado, on February 16, 1998.

Professor Kalbfleisch introduced the 1998 award winner with the following presentation:

This year's recipient of the Western States Communication Association's Award for Distinguished Service has been consistently described as a. Champion of Education. This person is widely known as someone who readily finds opportunities for others to excel. This person encourages others to get involved; encourages them to achieve; encourages them to seek quality in their work, and to find their own voice.

The Field of Communication has benefited from this person's presence. Seven communication texts have been authored by this year's recipient of the Distinguished Service Award as well as over 40 monographs. This year's award recipient led a small Communication department tucked away in only a few rooms at a Western university to become one of the largest and most active on campus with their own Communication building. This person has also led students and faculty to become active, involved members of in the Communication discipline and several of his former undergraduate students and advisees went on to receive doctorates and they are here today.

It. should he obvious how the Western States Communication Association may have benefited from such a dedicated scholar and educator. He has tirelessly served on numerous committees, task forces, boards, and offices across our organization from debate and public speaking to interpersonal and organizational communication. He hosted one of our conventions in his local city telling us, if he hosted it we would come, and we did. He is a former President of our association and he continues to champion the development of the Communication discipline in the West.

He is our respected friend and colleague. This year's winner of the Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contributions to the Western States Communication Association and the Communication Discipline is Robert Boren from Boise State University.

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