The Ashton Phelps Award
Billie Virgina Wyler is the Communication Department’s 2023 Ashton Phelps Sr. Memorial Award Recipient. This award is given on recommendation of the faculty for excellence in communication studies.
I’m from Delray Beach, Florida. I started at Tulane as a freshman in 2019 and will be graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication this May. I have loved studying Communication and I am so grateful to have learned from such incredible, accomplished professors. My studies and appreciation for journalism inspired me to start writing for The Tulane Hullabaloo in my junior year, where I now hold the position of Digital Director.
When I started at Tulane, my major was originally Psychology. I chose this major somewhat on a whim, as I was not quite sure what I was interested in. However, as I began to explore a range of courses, I quickly realized I preferred those in liberal arts, specifically those more closely related to Communication. Thus, I changed my major to Communication in my sophomore year. I have thoroughly enjoyed pursuing this degree since, and I appreciate how this major has allowed me to improve my skills in many areas. The areas I have improved in includes writing, speaking, critical thinking, media literacy, and even empathy. I have had the pleasure of taking classes with several esteemed, brilliant professors, whose courses were enriching and unique. I have found essentially all my Communication classes compelling and aligned with my academic interests, and this made participating and earning high grades attainable. With graduation approaching, I look back on my experience in Communication very fondly, and I plan to utilize all I have learned in my professional career.
My postgraduate plans are currently in the works! I am still in the job search process and I’m actively looking and interviewing for jobs in communication and marketing in the South Florida area.
Congratulations Billie! We are happy to recognize your exceptional record of excellence both in and out of the classroom, and we wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.
- 2022 Recipient, Clara Lang
- 2021 Recipient, Victoria Jordan