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Faculty, staff and students win Press Club awards

Lamar University staff and students were recognized for excellent work Friday evening as they took home a large number of awards during the Press Club of Southeast Texas annual Excellence in the Media/Newsmaker of the Year banquet. The club raises funds through the event for scholarships for students majoring in communication at Lamar University. 

LU TV faculty and students took home two first-place awards. Gordon Williams, Larry Elliott, O’Brien Stanley and Kyle Brodeur won first place in the documentary category.  Williams and Brianna Meadows took first place in corporate/institutional video for a recruiting video for the Beaumont Fire Department. 

Students with Lamar’s student newspaper, the University Press, garnered a number of awards in competition with the news media in the region.  

Skyler Williams took second for the feature story “Serving on two wheels,” and Chris Moore took second for a personal profile “Casting Cargill.”  Moore took first and second place in sports column for “Crazy or crafty?” and “Football should look to ’80s rom-coms to woo fans.” 

Chelsea Henderson took first and third place for her special reports, “Dad’s donations leave final gifts,” and “Silence strangles society.” Henderson took second in general column for “Take a stand against bullying.” 

William Jones took first and third in graphic/illustration for “Silence strangles society,” and “Dad’s donations leave final gifts.” Josh Reeter and John Rollins took first place for their photo essay “Muddy madness.” 

Miles Caston took second in feature story for “Taking on Tsukiji.” The same story earned him a first place for feature page design/layout.  Jacqueline Hays took second in the category with an entry titled “Oscars.”

In sports news, Lauren Van Gerven took first for “One goal short of the goal.” “Roughhousers relieve stress” earned Kevin King first place in sports feature. 

Matt Billiot took third in sports photo for “Cards overcome off-court woes to defeat Colonels,” and second place news photo with “Student charged after altercation.” Josh Reeter took first in the category with “Pedaling peace.” 

LU’s advancement staff took home a total of 19 awards including first place finishes in feature story, news story, writing portfolio, and news release categories.  Andrew Strange, a student assistant in the department, took first place in feature release. 

Sattler took first in feature story, for “The beat goes on”, and third for “Spark of invention burns bright.” In news story, he took first for “Bringing history home” and third for “An excellent run; Simmons announces end of an era.” In writing portfolio, Strange took second for “Delivering in the midst of disaster,” “Discovering the story behind the story,” and “Turning a call into a career.” Sattler took first in writing portfolio for “The beat goes on,” “Bringing history home,” and “A hand with land.” 

The staff took third in page design for the “Jimmy Simmons Timeline,” published in Cardinal Cadence. The magazine took third place for overall excellence. 

In the brochure category, LU’s Cynthia Hicks and freelance designer Bill Anderson took second and third place for the university view book and road piece. 

In the news release category, Larry Acker took third, Louise Wood second, and Sattler, first.  In feature releases, Wood took second and third place honors, while Strange took first. 

LU’s Beth Gallaspy and Richard Johnson took third for television public service announcement, while Johnson and Acker took third for institutional video.  Sattler, Gallaspy and Brodeur took second for their video “Overcoming obstacles.”  Gallaspy took second place for her business story, “Bite sized goals lead to global-sized firm.”  In the headline category, Sattler took third for “Spark of invention burns bright.”