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38 Collegiate Crown finalists announced
Editor's note: Originally published: January 16, 2004
The Columbia Scholastic Press Association posted the list of finalists for its Crown Awards program for collegiate publications at its official website, located at http://www.columbia.edu/cu/cspa.
One thousand five hundred and twelve publications actually sent their publications to Columbia for review by the Crown Awards Board of Judges, representing 84% of the total number of members eligible to enter the contest.
Five hundred and seven newspapers, two hundred and seventy magazines and seven hundred and thirty-five yearbooks published during the 2002-2003 academic year were judged for the 2004 Crown Awards Program.
Collegiate Crown Award finalists will receive either a Gold or Silver Crown Award during a special Awards Convocation, to take place at the Roosevelt Hotel, Madison Avenue at 45th Street, New York City on Saturday, March 20, 2004. The Convocation will take place during the annual College Media Convention, sponsored by College Media Advisers, Inc.
Gold Crowns have been awarded annually since 1982, and Silver Crowns have been given since 1984.
Edmund J. Sullivan, director of the CSPA, will present plaques to those winners attending the Convention. Remaining awards will be mailed beginning March 29th.
The collegiate finalists for 2004 are:
Berkeley Science Review, University of California, Berkeley, CA;
Collage, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ;
Dollars and Sense, Baruch College, New York, NY;
Ethos, Iowa State University, Ames, IA;
Flux, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR;
Hair Trigger 25, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL;
Marr's Field Journal, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL;
Miambiance, Miami-Dade Community College, Kendall Campus, Miami, FL;
Sanskrit, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC;
The Huron River Review, Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, MI;
The Vanderbilt Review, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN;
College Heights Herald, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY;
Daily News, Ball State University, Muncie, IN;
el Don, Santa Ana College, Santa Ana, CA;
Humber et cetera, Humber College, Toronto, Ontario;
Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN;
Iowa State Daily, Iowa State University, Ames, IA;
Kansas State Collegian, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS;
The Crimson White, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
The Daily Collegian, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA;
The Daily Mississippian, University of Mississippi, University, Mississippi;
The Daily Pennsylvanian, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA;
The Ithacan, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY;
The Michigan Daily, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI;
The Murray State News, Murray State University, Murray, KY;
The Oklahoma Daily, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK;
The Shorthorn, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX;
The State Press, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ;
The University Times, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC.
Arbutus, Indiana University at Bloomington, Bloomington, IN;
The Bluestone, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA;
Cactus, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX;
Commodore, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN;
Ibis, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
Royal Purple, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS;
Sooner, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK;
Talisman, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY;
Tower, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO.
CSPA is an international student press association uniting student journalists and faculty advisers at schools and colleges through educational conferences, idea exchanges and award programs. Owned by Columbia University since 1925 and operated as a program of its Graduate School of Journalism, the Association now enrolls 1,860 members throughout North America and in certain overseas schools and colleges following the American plan.
Its three major services include: 1) annual competitions and awards for members, including the Crown Awards, 2) planning three conventions (two national, one regional) and a week-long summer workshop at Columbia, plus 3) small press publishing activities to support a quarterly magazine and one to two books per year.
For further information, contact the CSPA directly.
2004 Crown Awards
Board of Judges
Merle Dieleman recently retired as a teacher of language arts and journalism at Iowa's Pleasant Valley Community High School after advising student publications for thirty-four years. He advised the newspaper, Spartan Shield, and the yearbook, Valenian, from 1984-1999 while they received numerous national awards. Dieleman has served as the president of CSPAA and IHSPA, where he currently serves as vice-president. Dieleman was the DJNF National High School Teacher of the Year in 1996. He has also been honored with the Stratton Award from IHSPA, the Scott County Golden Apple Teacher of the Year Award, the Gold Key from CSPA, the Iowa High School Journalism Teacher of the Year Award, the Pioneer Award from the NSPA, the Charles O'Malley Teaching Award from CSPA and the Lifetime Achievement Award from JEA. The IHSPA also inducted him into their Hall of Fame. He has taught "fact-based journalism" during the last four summers in five countries in Eastern Europe, sponsored by the Independent Journalism Foundation.
Elizabeth Fox writes prose poems, lyrical essays and short stories based on imaginary landscapes, strange people and New York City. Her work is anthologized in Asylum annual 1994 and Out of this World and has appeared in many literary magazines including Transfer, Sugar Mule, and Manoa, among others. She is the author of Limousine Kids on the Ground, a collection of prose poems and lyrical essays. Her collaborations with visual artists have been shown in SoHo galleries and in an independent film, "Mystic Grange or Our Favorite Flower." She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Monica Hill is director of the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association, based in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She previously directed the Alabama Scholastic Press Association at the University of Alabama and was copy editor for The Birmingham News (Ala.).
Mark Murray is coordinator of technology systems for Arlington Independent School District in Arlington, Texas. He also serves as the executive director of the Association of Texas Photography Instructors and the director-at-large for the Photo Imaging Education Association. He is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops around the country, including the JEA/NSPA conferences, Carolina Journalism Institute, Dallas County Publication Workshop and Flint Hills Summer Publication workshop. During his tenure as photography instructor at Lamar High School in Arlington, he was one of the advisers to élan, Lamar's literary/art magazine, a Pacemaker and Silver Crown winner.
Laura Schaub directs the OIPA at the University of Oklahoma, where she also teaches courses in journalism as an associate professor. For 22 years, she taught journalism at Charles Page High School, Sand Springs, OK, where her students' publications received state and national awards. She also served as director of public information for Sand Springs Schools. Schaub holds the CSPA's Gold Key and has been named a Distinguished Adviser by the DJNF. In 1999, she co-edited the 3rd edition of CSPA's Scholastic Yearbook Fundamentals. She also served as image editor for CSPA's Magazine Fundamentals.
Randy Vonderheid serves as director of journalism for the University Interscholastic League in Texas. He taught journalism and photography for 20 years before assuming his present role. He has directed UIL's summer journalism workshop the past 18 years and has been in charge of the state's spring convention for 5 years. He has been honored with the Gold Key award from CSPA, Pioneer Award from NSPA and the National Scholastic Journalism Hall of Fame from OIPA. He has been named a Texas Journalism Teacher of the Year and recognized as an Edith Fox King recipient in Texas. Publications he advised when teaching were Gold and Silver Crown recipients.
C. B. "Bruce" Watterson serves as vice president of public relations at Shorter College, Rome, GA, where he also teaches courses in journalism/communication. For 25 years, he was a yearbook and magazine adviser in the Arkansas high school and collegiate press and served as executive director of the Arkansas Collegiate Press Association for 11 years. Watterson has been a finalist in Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Teacher of the Year. He holds the Gold Key (Class of '80), the Pioneer Award, the Medal of Merit, the SIPA Distinguished Adviser Award, and has been honored by CMA for his work with the collegiate press nationally. He is a national officer for CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education). He has spoken on multiple occasions to press groups in 42 states and internationally as part of the Center for Independent Journalism Foundation.
Renva Watterson is associate professor and chairperson of the department of communication arts at Shorter College in Rome, GA, and is a former Teacher of the Year for both high school and college teaching in Arkansas. She served as a Rockefeller Fellow for Educational Innovation and Change, a Poynter Institute College Journalism Fellow, and a College Broadcast Journalism Teaching Fellow for C-SPAN. She is the author of Communicating Effectively, a collegiate teaching manual.