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SOC Alumnus and Adjunct Professor Wins Awards
By Colton Rhea McConnell
Christopher Finley, an adjunct professor in the School of Communication, has been awarded three Summit Awards from the Blue Ridge Chapter of Public Relations of America for BAE Systems.
BAE Systems is an international defense, aerospace, and security company that supports air, land, and naval forces, by delivering products and services, as well as many other supporting technological and customer services.
According to Finley, the Summit Awards are an annual recognition of the best in public relations and communications efforts by professional public relations practitioners in Southwest Virginia.
BAE Systems and Finley were presented with the Gold Summit Award pertaining to the Special Events category for the company’s 75th anniversary campaign and a Silver Summit Award in the Internal Communications for their employee relations strategy.
Finley also received a Silver Summit Award due to the partnership between BAE System’s and Radford University’s Summer Bridge STEM program, which focuses on the education of students in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
“In July BAE System partnered with Radford University to host the summer Bridge Program, a collegiate experience for high school girls interested in STEM,” Finley said. “The partnership provided $12,000 in scholarships, allowed for onsite fieldwork, and supported education with a specific focus on the future workforce and the engagement of young women in STEM.
Finley is very proud to accept these awards on the behalf of Radford and BAE Systems and was happy to be a part of such a positive and important company.
“The success of the anniversary campaign and community investment partnership was a direct result of our team committing their time and resources to build a positive workplace and support an organization that makes a positive impact,” Finley said.
Finley graduated with a bachelor’s in communication from Lees-McRae College, and received his Master of Science in Corporate and Professional Communication from Radford University in 2003.
Since his graduation, Finley has worked part-time at Radford teaching a variety of subjects within the School of Communication, and currently teaches writing for public relations (COMS 235).