Students earn honors at 52nd CIPA

Junior Jason Cooper, a Campus Times staff photographer and photo editor for the Winter 2001 La Verne Magazine, celebrates his third place award for on-the-spot photography at the 2001 California Intercollegiate Press Association conference in San Diego last weekend. / photo by Jen Newman
Junior Jason Cooper, a Campus Times staff photographer and photo editor for the Winter 2001 La Verne Magazine, celebrates his third place award for on-the-spot photography at the 2001 California Intercollegiate Press Association conference in San Diego last weekend. / photo by Jen Newman

by Gianina Lomedico
Staff Writer

The Communications Department at the University of La Verne attended the 52nd Annual California Intercollegiate Press Association (CIPA) Conference at San Diego State University from April 20-21.

The department respectfully represented ULV and won 33 awards. The two-day competition awarded the Campus Times staff with the Newspaper General Excellence Honorable Mention and KULV Radio Staff tied for first place Sweepstakes with University of California Berkeley.

The conference brought together the finest student journalists of California in newspaper, television, radio and magazine. Numerous categories included front page layout, designated writing sections, photography, cartoons, graphics, magazine and radio/television newscast. The conference also had individual on-site competitions in general areas.

Junior Jason Cooper was awarded third place for the on-site competition for Entertainment Photography and said that he was excited to win his first award in photography.

“It was a great learning experience to learn from other photographers. I was happy to compete with people that I thought were a better caliber than myself,” said Cooper.

Senior Danny Craig took first place for Newspaper Sports Section and Newspaper Sports Feature Article Honorable Mention for his article “Leopard-turned-Avenger does it all” (May 19, 2000). Craig said, “As a senior ready to graduate, receiving awards gives you some confidence going into graduation. Anytime you get recognized for your work, it means a lot to you and is a neat feeling.”

Junior Tom Galaraga was awarded for on-site Feature Photography, Honorable Mention, but did not have a positive reaction for his winning. “I honestly felt like I didn’t deserve it,” he said.

Senior Isela Peña won third place for the Newspaper Editorial Cartoon (L.A. Avengers’ billboard, April 14, 2000) and Magazine Art/Graphics (“R.I.P.: The Shopping Mall,” Winter 2000). Peña also was awarded an Honorable Mention for Magazine Cover for Winter 2000.

“I was honored to be recognized for my work. I was glad to hear ULV’s nominees called and to raise the prestige of the school,” said Peña.

Junior Jazmine Ponce won third place for Newspaper Arts Feature “Mathews dons black tie for Oscars,” (March 24, 2000.) Ponce said, “I did not think I was going to win anything at all. I was glad I won for a story that I was proud of and had fun doing. It was my first time attending this type of conference. It was also fun getting to know the other ULV students better.”

Other photography winners included junior Natalie Fowle for second place Newspaper News Photograph (“Bogey” Visits La Verne, May 19, 2000) and third place Newspaper Feature Photograph (Tom Moose Conducting Choir, May 5, 2000.) Junior Juan Garcia won first place Newspaper Feature Photograph (Mexico Study Trip, March 10, 2000) and Magazine Color Photograph (Crossing guard Orville Powell, Winter 2000). Sophomore Liz Lucsko took first place Newspaper Sports Photograph (Kenny Clements at Men’s Water Polo Playoffs, Dec. 1, 2000) and third place for on-site Sports Photography.

Magazine News Article winners include third place alumni winners Stacie N. Galang (“Campaign 2000: Can the Underdog Be a Contender?” Winter 2000) and Greg MacDonald won an Honorable Mention for (“A Route Runs Through It” Winter 2000). Senior Kelly Serrano won an Honorable Mention for the Human Interest Article (“Man’s Best Friend Gets Second Chance,” Summer 2000).

Other Newspaper winners included junior Stacey Mleczko taking a second place Arts and Entertainment Review (“‘La Ronde’ a climactic tale of sexual relationships,” April 7, 2000). Junior Brice Nixon won second place for a Newspaper Sports Game Article (“Spikers advance to Regional final, fall to PSU,” Nov. 17, 2000). Junior Akilah Nyerere won an Honorable Mention for on-site Feature Writing. Another honorable mention went to sophomore Melinda Sanchez, who also won honorable mention for on-site illustration.

Radio winners included junior James Morrison for first place on-site Sports Radio, third place Sports Play-By-Play (Football vs. Chapman) and an Honorable Mention for Sports Play-By-Play (Football vs. Cal Lutheran). Senior Leah Sahagun won first place Radio Newscast (Homecoming 2000), second place News Story (Michaelangelo’s Pizza) and third place News Story (Homecoming 2000). Sahagun also received honorable mention for on-site radio news story.

Graduate Erin Sarkisian won first place Radio Documentary (“The History of Alternative Music”) and second place Radio Documentary (“The History of Alternative Music”).

Television winners included graduate Landus Rigsby with a second place win for Television Feature Story (“ULV Sports Legends: Curtis Frick”). Rigsby and fellow graduate Jennifer Thompson contributed a third place win for Television Entertainment Magazine (“University of La Verne Sports Legends”).

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