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John Strada receives Kentucky Governor's Lifetime Achievement Service Award

John Strada

The ICCA School of Communication is proud to announce that Senior Instructor John T. Strada, Jr., received the Kentucky Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Service Award. 

Strada has amassed an exemplary record of service through his position as a Senior Lecturer of Communication Studies at Eastern and through his involvement with Alpha Phi Omega, a national co-ed service fraternity. He is known for encouraging college students and young adults to give their time and talent to their communities. 


“I am so pleased that the Governor’s Office wanted to recognize John for his leadership in service,” said Ginny Whitehouse, ICCA School of Communication director. “He guides students to succeed so they can be leaders in their home communities across the state. The good that his students can do ripples out even farther out from there.” 


Since joining the faculty at EKU in spring 2004, Strada has accumulated more than 5000 service hours to the community. From 2011-2015, he served as a Faculty Learning Partner for EKU’s Alternative Spring Break program, accompanying students to New Orleans to rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. In the classroom, he has incorporated service learning into such courses as Small Group Communication and Business and Professional Speaking. His students have completed service projects for various local nonprofit organizations, including Hospice and Special Olympics. His students also implemented EKU’s inaugural “Power of Maroon” day in 2013, a “Town and Gown” collaboration with the city of Richmond to boost EKU spirit in the community. 

Strada’s record of service extends beyond EKU. Since 1993, he has been a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a national co-ed service fraternity. As an alum of Alpha Phi Omega, he has served as Region V Director (eastern Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio, and western Pennsylvania); National Alumni Relations and Internal Volunteer Development Program Director; Bluegrass Alumni Association Awards Chair; and as a Membership Academy and APO LEADS trainer and director. He currently serves as Region I Chair (Kentucky and Tennessee). He frequently travels around the country for Alpha Phi Omega, presenting workshops at student conferences and leadership development events. Since 2006, he has served as an advisor for EKU’s chapter of Alpha Phi Omega. Additionally, Mr. Strada has facilitated multiple Merit Badge Universities for the Boy Scouts of America in Kentucky. 

He is former president of EKU’s Toastmasters International Club and a former Area 42 Director (Lexington, Richmond, and London, KY) for Toastmasters International. In 2019, he earned the prestigious “Distinguished Toastmaster” designation, which only 1% of Toastmasters members achieve Strada is also a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership society and is an honorary member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.  In 2019, he was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society. He was selected as the keynote speaker for the induction ceremony, during which he urged the membership to prioritize service in their scholarly and professional work. 

For his outstanding volunteer efforts, Strada was recognized with the President’s Lifetime Volunteer Service Award in May 2017, presented by the Office of the President of the United States. 

For more the Governor’s Service awards, please visit Serve Kentucky


Published on November 11, 2021

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