Journal staff win five awards in Illinois College Press Association contest

Staff of The Journal, the UIS student newspaper, won five awards in the non-daily 2016 Illinois College Press Association competition.

Awards were presented Saturday, Feb. 18, at a luncheon that capped a 1 ½- day ICPA convention at the Doubletree Hotel Magnificent Mile in Chicago.

Erica Thomas of Springfield, Journal photographer, won first-place for a sports photo she took of two players in action during a UIS men’s soccer game.

Alex Camp of Chicago, former Journal columnist and assistant editor for sports, won second-place for a spring 2016 column describing his concerns about returning to Chicago after earning his bachelor’s degree. Camp, now a graduate student in the UIS Public Affairs Reporting Program, received an honorable mention for a headline he wrote in fall 2016: “Hell freezes over: Cubs win the pennant.”

Also awarded honorable mentions:

  • Megan Swett of O’Fallon, Illinois, Journal editor-in-chief, for the fall 2016 article, “Celebrating Queertober:

AroAce student discusses her identity, her relationships, and the LGBT+ community.”

  • Former Journal reporter Jeff Burnett of Loves Park, Illinois,  for a story about the Sangamon County Drug Court, which was published in the fall 2016 Journal magazine, Beyond.

Burnett is a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program.

More than 30 college newspapers from throughout the state are members of the ICPA, which holds a convention each year with workshops and a keynote address by  professional journalists, and organizes the annual ICPA contest.

In the non-daily competition, The Journal competed against student newspapers from schools with enrollments of more than 4,000 students, including among others, DePaul, Columbia College, University of Chicago, SIU-Edwardsville, Bradley, Loyola, and the School of the Art Institute.

Professional journalists from different states served as judges for the 2016 ICPA competition.

UIS to honor several Division of Student Affairs staff for their years of service

UIS will honor employees for years of service in an annual recognition event in April.

Several employees of the Division of Student Affairs will be recognized for their years of service:

5 years

Dr. Mark Dochterman, Volunteer and Civic Engagement

Mary Umbarger, Student Life

Dr. Sarah Colby Weaver, Disability Services

Dr.Van Vieregge, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Johnell Greer, Student Work and Financial Assistance

Jolene Vollmer, International Student Services

Jay Swenson, Campus Recreation

 10 years

Jill Briggs, Admissions

Gwen Cribbett, Admissions and Records

Gale Kilbury, Career Development

15 years

Cynthia Thompson, Student Life

Brian Catherwood, Records and Registration

25 years

Christina Ryan, Assistant to the Vice Chancellor