Deborah Hoskins selected as 2010 COMM Distinguished Alum

l-r: Deborah Hoskins and Lacy Griffith

EKU's Department of Communication 2010 distinguished alum is Ms. Deborah Hoskins. Ms. Hoskins was honored during a presentation on Friday, March 26, 2010, at the annual College of Business and Technology College to Careers senior recognition luncheon.

The honor is reserved for special alumni who have distinguished themselves in their professions through excellence, dedication, and service.

Ms. Hoskins earned her Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from EKU in 1991 and returned to complete her Masters of Public Administration, also at EKU, in 2007.

She is the Assistant Managing Director at the Norton Center for the Arts.  Many of you may be familiar with Norton.  Located on the campus of Centre College in Danville, it is an internationally recognized performing arts center. Each year, the Norton Center hosts a series of outstanding guest artists as well as touring productions and symphony orchestras.

As performer liaison, Ms. Hoskins maintains contact with artists scheduled to perform at the Center.  Some very notable presenting highlights include violinist Itzhak Perlman, dancers Mikhail Baryshnikov and Twyla Tharp, the Boston Pops, the Chieftains, Three Dog Night, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, LeeAnn Rimes, and musicals such as Rent, Titanic, Annie Get Your Gun, and My Fair Lady.  In October 2000, the Norton Center was the site of the vice-presidential debate between Dick Cheney and Joe Lieberman.  Quite an impressive roster!

This multi-faceted role also includes marketing and public relations management of everything from coordination of design and placement of marketing pieces to maintaining contacts with local, regional, and national print and broadcast media.  She has direct responsibility for generating annual revenue of more than $250,000 in program areas such as Center Stage program advertising, student ticket program fund raising, Celebrity Series sponsorships, group ticket sales, and the Great American Brass Band Festival sponsorships.

Among her many honors and career highlights are program consultancies for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Foundation, The Salvation Army in New York City, and several projects in Washington, D.C. -- including the PBS specials A Capital Fourth and Memorial Day, the DAR convention, and the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance for Veterans.

She has been a guest performer with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and received numerous honoraries and awards for volunteerism and outstanding service.

Congratulations, Ms. Hoskins, on being selected as the 2010 Distinguished Alumna representing the Department of Communication.

The college also honored distinguished seniors for the year as selected by their respective departments within the College of Business and Technology. Ms. Lacy M. Griffith, a communication studies major from Liberty, Ky., was selected as the Communication departmental distinguished senior. In addition, recipients of scholarships and awards for the 2009-10 academic year were recognized. Students were honored for outstanding achievement and more than 40 area employers were on hand to engage in networking activities with college graduating seniors.

Published on March 26, 2010