Friel Takes Home School PR Faculty Award
Jan 12, 2018
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Lucien Friel (B.S. ‘17/MC) was awarded the Faculty Award by the VCU Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture public relations faculty for fall 2017 during the commencement ceremony Dec. 8 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.
Faculty vote on the awards for graduating students in each of the School’s five undergraduate and two graduate academic programs. The award is for those who “best exemplify the standards” of the School, such as academic achievement, personal determination and helping others.
“It's an incredible honor to be recognized like this,” Friel said.
Friel graduated with a bachelor of science in mass communications, concentrating in public relations, and a minor in general business. He earned Summa Cum Laude Latin honors and was on the Dean’s List four times or each of the four fall and spring semesters he attended VCU.
Josh Smith taught Friel as a student and serves as the School’s PR sequence coordinator.
“Lucian exemplifies the knowledge, skills and abilities of a top PR student, and I expect great things from him after graduation. In the classroom, Lucian was always upbeat, collaborative and professional with his professors and peers. He set the bar high and reaches it. All of the PR faculty wish him well in his career,” Smith said.
Friel singled out Smith and Jeff Caldwell, an adjunct faculty member, as two influential professors during his studies.
For Smith, “He taught me so much about design and how to create great material in Adobe Creative Suite. He also helped me hone my skills as a writer,” Friel said.
Caldwell taught Friel in PR Case Studies and Agency, the capstone course that has students doing pro bono PR work for area non-profit organizations.
“He gave me a better understanding of how the PR process works,” Friel said.
Friel is originally from Portsmouth and transferred to VCU from Tidewater Community College in Virginia Beach. At VCU he was the communications officer and event planner for the Student Veterans Association.
After graduation, he would like to remain in the Richmond area working in public relations.