UTPA students win more than 30 awards at Texas Intercollegiate Press Association competition
Posted: 04/29/2008
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Student publications and media at The University of Texas-Pan American - The Panorama Magazine, The Pan American Newspaper, and Bronc Radio and TV - were big winners at the recent 2008 Texas Intercollegiate Press Association statewide competition at Texas A&M University-College Station bringing home more than 30 awards including first in the state for literary magazine and best of show in its newspaper division.

Garnering 15 of the honors was the 2006-2007 edition of The Panorama Magazine, a yearly publication produced by students and advised by faculty members Donna Pazdera, journalism lecturer, and Dr. Kimberly Selber, assistant professor of journalism-advertising. Besides the top award for overall excellence, Panorama won one first place, four second place, three third place and six honorable mention awards.

In the student newspaper competition, The Pan American Newspaper, published weekly and advised by faculty member Dr. Greg Selber, associate professor of journalism-print, garnered 11 awards in its division. In addition to its first place in the Best of Show-On-Site Category, the student-produced newspaper gained eight additional awards - one second place, four third places and three honorable mentions.

UTPA's Bronc Radio and TV also performed well. Advised by Fred Mann, lecturer in journalism and television production, Bronc Radio and TV picked up six awards including first place in On-Site TV Advertising. They also took home a second place award, three third place honors and an honorable mention.

Established in 1909, TIPA is the oldest and one of the largest press associations of its kind in the United States and offers competitions in general magazine, radio, television, online, two divisions of yearbook, literary magazine and six divisions of newspaper as well as more than 25 on-site contests during its annual convention. TIPA also presents scholarships to students representing two-year and four-year institutions.

A complete list of TIPA winners from UTPA are as follows:

The Panorama Magazine

First Place, Overall Excellence, Literary Magazine - 2007 Panorama staff

First Place, Story Package, Literary Magazine - Trey Serna (Editor in Chief) and Brenda Hernandez

Second Place, Feature Story, Literary Magazine - Javier Cavazos

Second Place, Essay, Literary Magazine - Ana Ley

Second Place, Column/Essay, General Magazine - Salvador Grajeda

Second Place, Student Life Copy, Yearbook Division Two - Brenda Rodriguez

Third Place, Overall Design, General Magazine - 2007 Panorama staff

Third Place, Sports Copy, Yearbook Division Two - Nayelly S.J. Barrios

Third Place, Academics Copy, Yearbook Division Two - Trey Serna

Honorable Mention, Cover Design, Literary Magazine - Trey Serna, Daniel Flores, Christopher Ramirez

Honorable Mention, Overall Design, General Magazine - 2007 Panorama staff

Honorable Mention, Feature Story, General Magazine - Ana Ley

Honorable Mention, Illustration, General Magazine - Jennifer Terrazas

Honorable Mention, Organizations Copy, Yearbook Division Two - Brenda Rodriguez

Honorable Mention, Cover Design, Yearbook Division Two - Trey Serna, Daniel Flores, Christopher Ramirez

Pan American Newspaper

First Place, Best of Show, On-site - The Pan American staff

First Place, Single Subject Presentation - Juan Torres

Second Place, Special Edition/Section - The Pan American staff

Third Place, Headline - Sandra Gonzalez

Third Place, Illustration - Roy Bazan

Third Place, Spanish Newswriting - Sara Jeske

Third Place, On-site-PR Crisis Management - Ana Ley

Honorable Mention, Information Graphic - Roy Bazan

Honorable Mention, Page One Design - Roy Bazan

Honorable Mention, Sports Action Photo - Onydia Garza

Bronc Radio and Bronc TV

First Place, On-site TV AD - Alfredo Vela

Second Place, Spot Commercial, PSA, Promo - Ad Club: NSAC Team

Third Place, Spot News Radio - Freddy Vela

Third Place, Spot Commercial Radio, PSA, Promo - Alex Del Barrio

Third Place, Documentary TV - Cyn Vaquera

Honorable Mention, Documentary TV - Javeria Farooqi