Ron Mace, assistant professor of Communication at Somerset Community College, was
recently named the Looney-Benin Community College Professor of the Year by the Kentucky
Communication Association (KCA).
Mace received the state award during the annual Kentucky Communication Association Conference at Western Kentucky University.
To be honored by ones peers is a truly humbling experience, said Mace. I have been a member of KCA since 2002, but I certainly did not expect this award. I may have been the most surprised person in the room. It is very gratifying to me to see the organization advance the cause of communication at the community college level here in the Commonwealth. I would be remiss if I did not thank the leadership of Somerset Community College for supporting me in my academic and professional endeavors over the last several years.
Mace joined the SCC faculty in 2010, teaching public speaking and interpersonal communication. He is a veteran educator, broadcaster and musician who earned a bachelors and masters degree, and 24 post graduate hours in communication, from Morehead State University.
Originally from Shamokin, Pennsylvania, Mace graduated from North Hardin High School in Radcliff, Kentucky, in 1979. He then attended Elizabethtown Community College before transferring to Morehead State.
The award is named after Hope Benin and Robert "Bob" Looney of the Kentucky Community
and Technical College System (KCTCS). Both were active members of the KCA in the 1990s,
and sponsored the Basic Communication Course Annual Conference in Kentucky for many
years. Benin is a professor of communication at Big Sandy Community and Technical
College (BSCTC). Looney was an award-winning communication professor at BSCTC before
his untimely death in 2009 at age 45.
The KCA, a not-for-profit organization, was established in 1931 for the promotion of effective teaching, research and practice in the artistic, humanistic and scientific principles of communication, while increasing the visibility and effectiveness of communication professionalism. The organization is comprised of communication instructors and professionals throughout the state of Kentucky, as well as Tennessee, Arkansas and Indiana.