Vol. 38, No. 5 Colle
ge of Journalism and Communications
UF's PRSSA chapter won the
2005 Teahan Outstanding Chapter
Award at the rescheduled (due to
Katrina) PRSSA National Confer-
ence in Miami in December.
"This is a very prestigious award
as the chapter was selected from
r Jennifer Robinson congratulates
amongst the several hundred public relations senior Kara Czerni
chapters nationwide," said on winning second place in the Bets'
Jennifer A. Robinson, the chapter's competition.
faculty advisor. Public relations
senior Kara Czerniak won second place in the Betsy Plank/PRSSA
Scholarship competition and Ashley Zandy, PR 2005, received a
National President's Citation and National Gold Key Award. Czerniak
and public relations seniors Reynaldo Delgado, Susan Medina and
Daniel de Paz were recognized for organizing the conference.
Also, Alpha PRoductions, PRSSA's student-run firm, earned
national affiliation status for meeting professional standards.
Twenty-seven UF students and three College faculty members
volunteered at the conference.
Ghitis fourth in Hearst
Photojournalism senior Danny Ghitis recently placed fourth in the
portrait/feature round of the Hearst photojournalism competition. He
won $750. The Department of Journalism receives a match.
In the next round, his full portfolio competes with 11 others for six
spots in the San Francisco shoot-out.
FREEDOM OF SPEECH
South Dakota paper
Wins Brechner award
Sandra Chance presented the
2005 Joseph L Brechner Center
for Freedom of Information
Award to Argus Leader Assistant
Managing Editor Patrick Lalley
exposing former Chance
Gov. Bill Janklow's
abuse of power.
Jan. 9, 2006
a Provost Fellow
Sylvia Chan-Olmsted is a 2006
She will pursue
provost for Chan-Olmsted
James Babanikos and Mike
Weigold recently earned sabbaticals.
to take his in the
fall, and Weigold
mended for these
Babanikos their department
chairs and by the
Terry Hynes said.
"I was pleased to
and am delighted
provost concurred." Weigold
Professors, staff members
win STAR, TOP awards
James Babanikos, Chang-Hoan Cho and Spiro Kiousis recently won the
2005 Al and Effie Flanagan STAR Performance Awards for Service, Teaching
and Research. And Rob Carr, Harry Guscott and Kerry Luke won the 2005
Al and Effie Flanagan TOP Awards for Total Outstanding Performance. Each
"The STAR Awards recognize full-time faculty members' outstanding
performance in all three areas [teaching, research and service] for the past three
years," Dean Terry Hynes said. "All permanent USPS and TEAMS employees The Department of Journalism holds
in the College working at least .75 FTE are eligible ... for a TOP Award once a retirement lunch for Leonard
every three years." Tipton and Judy Tipton.
Sandra Chance, Sylvia Chan-Olmsted, Sandra Dickson, Juan-Carlos
Molleda, Ted Spiker, and Debbie Treise won STAR awards in recent years.
Marlene Beaulieu-Dishman, Olivia Jeffries, Tom Krynski, Steve Russell,
Manis Samons, Sue Wagner, Susan White, and Helga Williams won STAR
awards in recent years.
"We are very fortunate to have a very high number of high-achieving,
hard-working faculty and staff," Hynes said, "and it is a difficult task to choose
among the nominees for these awards each year."
Sylvia Chan-Olmsted hosts the
retirement party for Les Smith.
ON THE RADIO
Classic 89 adds HD
WUFT-FM started broadcast-
ing in high definition Friday.
Babanikos Cho Kiousis HD allows it to broadcast the
Classic 89 signal and one or more
additional signals featuring
different programs, said Sue
Wagner. "Plans call for a second
stream of programming to start in
The second channel will
feature public radio programs
such as Marketplace and The
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Xu Wu, PhD 2005, an assistant professor in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism
& Mass Communication at Arizona State University, celebrates Cronkite's 89th
birthday with the man himself.
Team examines 2002 Florida elections
Spiro Kiousis, Mike Mitrook, Xu Wu, PhD 2005, and doctoral student
Trent Seltzer are publishing "First- & Second-Level Agenda-Building &
Agenda-Setting Effects: Exploring the Linkages among Candidate News
Releases, Media Coverage, & Public Opinion during the 2002 Florida
Gubernatorial Election" in the Journal of Public Relations Research.
Master's student Michael Fitzgerald's "Calvin and Katrina" ran last month
in Free Inquiry magazine. It was his fifth national story in 2005. The other
publications include The Humanist, Left Curve and Utne Reader.
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Jan. 9: Classes begin
Jan. 9-12: Drop/add
Feb. 1: Deadline for
Undergraduates to apply for
Feb. 26: "A Celebration of Wine"
March 21: Spring Internship &
March 23-24: Public Relations
April 26: Classes end
May 6: Commencement, 2 pm
May 11: Alumni Reception
Hinson serves as
president of the
ter of the Associa-
(AFP) this year.
26,000 members in 172 chapters in
the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and
China, "AFP works to advance
philanthropy through advocacy,
research, education, and
certification programs," Hinson
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