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McCain Honored as COS Distinguished AlumKnight

March 1, 2017

If you ask any of the students in the Advertising & Public Relations program in the Nicholson School of Communication, you’ll hear amazing things about Joan McCain. She is funny, helpful and knowledgeable in her field. Now, she can add “Outstanding AlumKnight” to that description. McCain has been nominated as the College of Sciences’ 2017 Outstanding AlumKnight. She will be honored at the 2017 Outstanding AlumKnight ceremony on March 2, in the UCF Fairwinds Alumni Center ballroom.

McCain earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism with a focus in advertising & public relations and her master’s in mass communication, both from UCF. She is no stranger to honors and awards for her contributions. She is a three-time winner of NSC’s annual Excellence in Teaching Award and a double recipient of the UCF Teaching Incentive Program (TIP).

In 2016, the Florida Public Relations Association honored McCain as its Professional of the Year for Career Excellence. Several of her colleagues and students congratulated and thanked her in a special tribute video. Bailey Morris, UCF alumna and former president of Ad Club UCF, noted that “the list of things that she does for her students is never ending.” Her kind words from the touching tribute can be found here.

McCain, who serves as an associate instructor in the advertising and public relations program in NSC, remains humble in all of this, saying there are so many alumni who have done incredible things.

“I feel like I am in the company of giants,” said McCain, who has been a full-time faculty member since 2004. “I never set out to do anything noteworthy. I set out to do things I loved and was excited to be part of. Really, the reward is in the journey.”

McCain also serves as the faculty adviser for Ad Club UCF. She has seen the club win national recognition from the American Advertising Federation (AAF) for experiencing massive growth since 2015. According to AAF records, Ad Club UCF had 19 members in fall 2014. Now, the club proudly boasts 147 members.

Robert Littlefield, Ph.D., who serves as director of NSC, says “Joan McCain is a diamond in the NSC crown. Her energy, enthusiasm and commitment to the Nicholson School is boundless. Her focus is on student success and she consistently helps students achieve their goals. Having her recognized with this award is a tremendous honor for NSC. We are so proud of her!”

Cocktails and a buffet dinner will be provided, and a special pinning ceremony before the program is planned. There is also a $30 charge per guest to attend. Outstanding AlumKnight biographies from 2015 and 2016 can be viewed here and here.