In the Spotlight: June 21, 2013

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  • Five students from the senior capstone class of journalism senior lecturer Annette McGivney earned honors in the Digital Storymakers Award contest, sponsored by Atavist and the Pearson Foundation.

    Alyssa Burkett was a grand prize winner in the Visual category for her story No Hard Feelings. She will receive a $5,000 cash award and publication in the special edition Digital Storymakers Award App, and will meet with editors from The New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

    Talia Green and Lauren Damaskinos were finalists in the Short Form category for Nice Legs, and Cara Buchanan and Dani Tamcsin were finalists in Short Form for Tucked.

    All five students graduated in May.

    Prestigious journalism programs from around the nation participated in the contest, which “recognizes excellence in original nonfiction narrative that blends text, photos, video, interactive maps and other rich media features.”

  • John Doherty, instructional designer for the e-Learning Center, and Kevin Ketchner, librarian and instructor for University College, presented at the annual Teaching Professor conference in New Orleans, May 31-June 2, titled “Blending the First-year Learning Experience: Focus on Student Engagement.”
  • Paul Lenze, lecturer and internship coordinator for Politics and International Affairs, was interviewed by KFYI 550 AM in Phoenix last week regarding the recent events in the Syrian Civil War.