Student publication Panorama totals 23 awards for 2004-2005 issue
Contact: Nicole Boychuk, Writer 381-2741
Posted: 07/13/2006
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Panorama, the magazine-style yearbook of The University of Texas-Pan American, now boasts 23 awards for last year's issue, 14 of which were received at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) convention in San Antonio.

Pictured is the award-winning cover design of "Panorama."
The annual convention, which was held April 6-8, gives students the opportunity to compete in various forms of media including general magazine, radio, television, online, two divisions of yearbook, literary magazine, six divisions of newspaper, and more than 25 on-site contests.

Of the awards received at TIPA, Panorama placed second in the Yearbook category and fourth overall in the General Magazine category.

Prior to the conference, the student publication had already received five ADDY awards from the Valley Advertising Federation, two from the University and Colleges Design Association, and one from the American Scholastic Press Association, which is a national award. In May, the publication was also awarded the District 10 Silver ADDY award. The district comprises all of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana.

Dr. Kimberly Selber, assistant professor in the Department of Communication and faculty adviser of the 2004-05 issue, said she is proud of her staff and excited they won the awards.

"These are tangible 'things' that the staff can put on their résumés. That's the kind of thing that helps you get your first job out of school - it's what differentiates you from all the other recent grads who have the same degree you do."

According to Selber, the design, stories and concept of Panorama have really progressed over the past few years.

"The overall design of the publication has continued to evolve," Selber said. "UTPA has spent the last three years in 'pivotal moment' and the magazine has tried very hard to translate that into something creative and meaningful."

Though Panorama is housed within the Department of Communication, its staff members represent a great variety of majors throughout the University.

"Having a staff that is made up of students from all over helps us gain entry into those colleges and departments and tell their stories too... which is our goal," Selber said. "This eclectic staff helps the publication to move more solidly into the center of the University community and away from being communication centered."

Dagoberto Perez, editor of last year's issue, said, "There is talent, culture and drive at UTPA, and we wanted to have the magazine represent this idea. I think we achieved our goals."

The theme for the 2005-2006 Panorama is growth, according to new faculty adviser Donna Pazdera.

"We just figured with all the heavy equipment around campus, you can't go wrong with a theme like that."

She said this year's edition, which came out May 1, has quirky features, a more unified design, and is very clean and simple.

"We tried to find the unusual, unsung stories to give people a different look to life on campus."

To obtain a copy of this year's issue of Panorama, contact Anita Reyes, student publications secretary, at 956/381-2541.