Two student publications at The University of Texas-Pan American - The Pan American newspaper and The Gallery literary magazine -have both recently placed third in the Overall Category in the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association competition held in April.
Announced at the TIPA's annual convention in Austin, the award for the newspaper marks its highest ranking ever, surpassing last year's eighth in its division for universities with 10,000 and above in enrollment but with a newspaper that is not published more than once a week. The Overall Award Category for newspapers judges the overall newspaper production process and content over three consecutive issues.
Newspaper staffer, Ed Chrnko, was awarded an honorable mention in the sports page design category for work he submitted from the Pan American sports section.
The Gallery also picked up second place in the Sweepstakes Category for winning several awards for photos, illustrations and cover design.
Diana Corpus-Garza won third place for an action photo titled "Pasale Toro;" Sonia Y. Salinas received honorable mention for a cover design; and Esteban Ortiz placed third for his black and white feature photo titled "February." Winning illustrations for The Gallery were by Troy Stanley, who won a first place for "Infinite Regression" and Gustavo Fonsela Olivarez, who took third for "Marianifa."
In the magazine poetry category, an honorable mention was received by Javier L. Salazar for his poem entitled "Kansas." Elizabeth V. Peña won an honorable mention also for her short story "The Gypsies."
Eleven UTPA students - nine newspaper staffers and two from the University's Panorama yearbook publication - also competed in the live or on-site competitions at the TIPA convention this year.
Held in numerous categories including news writing, feature writing, photography, advertising, publications design, editing, sports writing, anchoring and news casting, opinion page and public relations, the live competition requires in the news writing category, for example, for the student to cover an event and write a story on it in an hour. Placing first in the on-site feature writing was Edwina Garza and placing second in Spanish news writing was Arianna Vazquez.
Established in 1909, TIPA is the oldest collegiate student press association in the U.S. and includes student newspapers, magazines, literary magazines and yearbooks as well as student radio and television stations.