Spring Celebration 2008
Scholarship winners were all smiles after being acknowledged on the Memorial Hall stage at McNamara Alumni Center.
By Jen Keavy
The event, which draws nearly 300 people each year, brings together students, faculty, donors, alumni and their guests to honor scholarship recipients and the generous donors who make their scholarships possible. Graduating seniors and this year's SJMC Alumni Society Award for Excellence recipient, Regina McCombs, also were recognized.
Prior to the program's start, guests enjoyed the exhibits of work by SJMC students in associate professor Dona Schwartz's Documentary Photography class and adjunct instructor Mike Zerby's Electronic Photojournalism class. Jazz musicians from the University of Minnesota School of Music provided entertainment for the evening's event.
Several SJMC students were recognized for external accomplishments, including four Northwest Broadcast News Association Sevareid Award winners, 17 Society of Professional Journalists Award recipients, three College Emmy nominations, an American Advertising Federation "Most Promising Student" Award finalist and two recipients of Scripps Howard Foundation honors--one, a Top Ten Scholarship winner and the other a Collegiate Reporting Prize recipient. Three students received honors in the advertising and public relations category--two were finalists for the One Show College Competition and one was selected for the Cannes International Advertising Festival.
SJMC Alumni Society Board president Mary Lahammer (B.A. '95) presented the 2007 SJMC Alumni Society Award for Excellence to Regina McCombs (M.A. '03). In her acceptance speech, McCombs, who was honored by the Alumni Society for her pioneering work in multimedia and new media, emphasized the need for today's journalists and communicators to be well-rounded, tech savvy, curious individuals. In the summer, McCombs, an Emmy Award-winning producer, left her position as a senior multimedia producer at the Star Tribune and accepted a faculty position at The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., where she is responsible for building its virtual teaching programs as well as strengthening its multimedia instruction.
Katherine Hannon, right, was awarded the Thomas Bartikowski Memorial Scholarship, and benefactors Mark and Mary Lou Bartikowski were there to congratulate her.
The event concluded with an acknowledgment of this year's graduating class and a drawing for a travel voucher awarded to one of the students in attendance.
Helen Silha, center, congratulates Michael Schoepf, left, and Patrick File, right, the 2008 Silha Center Fellows. Silha's endowment provides funding for the Otto and Helen Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law and its fellowships.