The annual SMC banquet on April 11, 2012, honored 21 students, distributing more than $30,000 in scholarships to students majoring in media production and design, journalism, and strategic communication-public relations for the 2012-2013 academic year. Graduate students also received scholarships. Qualified students also were inducted into the journalism honorary society, Kappa Tau Alpha.
SMC alum Jeanette Wagner, a longtime public relations and consulting professional, spoke to the 94 attendees about the necessity of keeping current in their fields so as to continue to be marketable and to offer value-added skills to employers. She is a 1988 graduate of the former journalism department that merged with the former radio-TV film department to form the School of Mass Communication in 2000.