Pepperdine student honored

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Pepperdine student Francesca Marie Smith is the 2008 recipient of the 2008 James L. Golden Outstanding Student Essay in Rhetoric Award. Her award-winning paper is titled “White Man’s World, Black Woman’s Power: Condoleezza Rice’s Enactment of Presidentiality at the 2000 Republican National Convention.” It examines the challenges faced by Rice of enacting presidential-level leadership.

The award is handed out annually to an undergraduate or pre-master’s graduate student whose essay focuses on the history, theory or criticism of rhetoric.

“I was incredibly honored to be selected for this award; a lot of time and effort went into the essay, and it’s rewarding to be acknowledged for it,” Smith said.

The award will be presented to Smith at the annual convention of the National Communication Association at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. More than 5,500 communication scholars and professionals are expected to attend.