Ryan Derry: Recipient of the Audrey Nichol Hauth Scholarship

Audrey Nichol Hauth and Ryan Derry, the 2011 Audrey Nichol Hauth Scholarship recipient

The Department of Communication Studies proudly announces Ryan Derry as the 2011 Audrey Nichol Hauth Scholarship recipient through the Luster E. and Audrey Nichol Hauth Center for Communication Skills.  Ryan was recognized with this award on August 25, 2011 in the Luster E. and Audrey Nichol Hauth Center for Communication Skills where he was introduced to both Luster and Audrey Hauth.

In addition to carrying 15 units a semester while maintaining a 3.5 GPA, Ryan plays on the CSULB Rugby team and works a part-time job.  Although unclear about his plans for after graduation, Ryan is confident that the curriculum of the Communication Studies major will apply to the career path that he will eventually follow. “The Audrey Nichol Hauth Scholarship eases my financial burden, helps me achieve my educational goals, and allows me to continue playing club sports,” says Ryan.  “I am grateful for the opportunity to attend CSULB and for everything I’ve learned thus far.”

To qualify for the scholarship, the recipient must demonstrate a financial need in order to graduate, maintain a minimum GPA of 3.2, and be an upper-level undergraduate student or graduate student with a major or minor in Communication Studies.  The recipient of the scholarship is also required to work 8 hours per week in the Hauth Center and demonstrate proficiency in public speaking.

Both Luster and Audrey Hauth have a deep-rooted connection to California State University, Long Beach. Luster taught at CSULB for 28 years in the Department of Communication Studies, never missing a single day of class, and he is now an emeritus professor of the department. Audrey is an alumna of CSULB, graduating with a degree in English Literature. Together, they have created the Luster E. and Audrey Nichol Hauth Center for Communication Skills. In further support of the Department of Communication Studies, Luster has donated a collection of his personal library to the department as well as an endowed fund to support the maintenance of the collection. This donation created the Luster E. Hauth Rhetoric and Public Address Library Collection and is located in the third floor conference room of the Academic Services (AS) building.  Audrey also made a generous donation that created the Audrey Nichol Hauth Scholarship within the Department of Communication Studies.