Department Accolades

April 8, 2010: Electronic Media students (WUCT News) took First Place in the College Division Live Television Newscast for this years Kansas Association of Broadcaster's Student Awards Competition.

March, 2010: Dr. Maria Stover received tenure and was promoted to associate professor.

Nov. 18, 2009: The Student Life office announces that Regina Cassell was selected to receive the Achieving Excellence Award for November following her nomination. The nominator stated that Regina has guided individual students along their career path, getting to know students, and taking time outside the classroom in support of them.

May 7, 2009: Congratulations to Danielle White, mass media advertising senior, and first baseman of the Lady Blues softball team. White was named first team CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District as voted on by the region's sports information directors. She will now advance to the national ballot. White is the first Lady Blue to receive first team honors since the 1999 season. This past season, she was a first team all-MIAA pick at first base and wrapped up her career with a school record 1,533 putouts. She played in 217 career games with 217 career hits and 159 RBI and 43 home runs.

May 5, 2009: Congratulations to the Public Relations and Advertising Campaigns students who presented their integrated communication plan to the class community client, the YMCA. The campaign is designed to remind the Topeka community of the great value, services, and history of the three YMCA branches. Each class produced a comprehensive plans book for the YMCA. YMCA CEO Charlie Lord said the YMCA board will use these campaigns in its master plan.

April 22, 2009: The Student Activities and Greek Life awarded the Emerging Leader for Transfer Students Award to Lily Pankratz, Newton, a junior majoring in mass media with an emphasis in public relations. This award is presented to transfer students who have demonstrated knowledge, enthusiasm and motivation for campus and community involvement and leadership.

April 21, 2009: Congratulations to Maria who has had her work accepted in two important publications. First, her chapter on mentoring academic women for a Hampton Press book on women in higher education has been accepted. And, second, her study titled "The Politics of hate or How Media can Help an Ultra-Nationalist Party in Bulgaria Win Elections" will be published in the June issue of Limina, a refereed journal of historical and cultural studies.

April 21, 2009: Dr. Maria Raicheva-Stover for her article "MPs with Skirts: How the Popular Press in Bulgaria Portrays Women Politicans." Maria presented this paper as part of the Washburn's International House Brown Bag lecture series and it has been accepted for publication in the Observatorio, a peer-reviewed journal for OberCom, a non-profit European organization.

April 21, 2009: Congratulations to four of our electronic media students who won awards in the Kansas Association of Broadcasters annual student competition: Tanner Knowland earned a second place award for the sports feature on Washburn women's basketball star Janice Bright (also one of our majors); Valerie Caviglia and Blake Kresge took Honorable Mention for their public service announcement on domestic abuse; Jaycie Wiechman won Honorable Mention for her TV news package on WSGA's campus services for students.

April 19, 2009:
2008 Kaw Yearbook: Editor Melissa Treolo (Silver Medalist)
2008-09 Washburn Review newspaper: Editor ReAnne Utemark (All Kansas and Gold Medalist)
Valerie Caviglia- first place, event coverage
Carrie Koch- third place sports season writing
Shalyn Marsh- third place and honorable mention, sports page design; first place, feature writing
Linda Meyer- second place, feature writing
Eric Smith- third place, event coverage
Katelyn Weishaar- second place, event coverage
Travis Perry- honorable mention, front page design; second place, info graphic design
Arissa Utemark- third place, photo essay
Leia Karimul Bashar- third place, review writing
Brandon Bills - honorable mention, series writing
Chris Marshall- first place, second place, honorable mention, cartoons; third place, sports news writing; honorable mention, sports feature
Christine Nelson- third place, series writing
Josh Rouse- first place, sports column writing; second place, review writing; honorable mention, feature photography
Paige Stonerock- second place, photo essay

April 17, 2009: Congratulations to Mass Media student Angie Marquart on her research presentation in Apeiron's poster session, titled "The Mediated Muslim as a Terrorist". Angie did a content analysis of different pre- and post-911 media sources to see how the media portrayed Muslims as terrorists. Dr. Maria Stover was Angie's faculty mentor.

April 14, 2009: Mass Media awards its outstanding students in four areas:
Advertising: Danielle White
Electronic Media: Jaycie Weichman
Media Writing & Publishing: Shalyn Marsh
Public Relations: Ryan Sinovic

April 13, 2009: Four students in Regina Cassell's MM431 class earned high praise from Chemistry Department chair Steve Angel. Ashley Shepard, Eric Smith, Nicole Stejskal and Rikki Bruntmeyer created a promotional brochure and flyer for the Chemistry Department and Dr. Angel and his faculty complimented the four students and Regina on their creativity and professionalism throughout the creative and production process.

April 7, 2009: Congratulations to Dr. Frank Chorba for his 25 years of service to Washburn and to thousands of students. He was recognized at the Washburn University Employee Recognition Ceremony.

March 20, 2009: Dr. Kathy Menzie received tenure and was promoted to associate professor.

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