SSU faculty from Project Censored were awarded the prestigious Pillar Award in Washington DC in July 2014. Sociology Professor Peter Phillips is past director of Project Censored. With other SSU faculty, he participates with two dozen colleges and universities nationwide in the annual research work on censored news stories in the U.S.
Carl Jensen, professor emeritus from Communications Studies and founder of Project Censored, with Andy Roth and Mickey Huff, former SSU professors/lecturers, were co-recipients of the award. The International Whistle Blowers Association provides the Pillar awards annually to people of conscience who support and protect the First Amendment.