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April 27, 2018

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From left to right: Carly Kwiecien, Ciara Knisely, Karen Kanyike, Kelleen Cullison, Dr. Ings, Destinee Boutwell and Jensen Lassiter.

Photo by Tiffany Byers


Oak Leaves Staff Writers, Photographer Recognized at ICPA Convention


Oak Leaves Staff


Seven MU students won awards at the annual Indiana Collegiate Press Association (ICPA) convention, held in Indianapolis at IUPUI on April 7. Each year college journalists compete with their peers across the state for writing, design, and photography awards.

The Oak Leaves competes in the Newspaper Division 3, for weekly newspapers with full-time school enrollment of 3,000 or fewer students. Our competition includes Goshen and Wabash Colleges.

This year the Oak Leaves’ awards are as follows (all from 2017 issues):

First Place: Best News or Feature Series

Cleopatra Castanias, “New Classroom for CETL Promotes Active Learning”

Wayne Smith, “MU Grad, Educator Funds NEW CETL Classroom; Enhances Student Learning”

Third Place: Best News or Feature Series

Destinee Boutwell, “Students Prepare for Study Abroad”

Jensen Lassiter, “Students Study in New Zealand”

Kaity Collins, “Japanese Professor Encourages Students to Study Abroad”

Third Place: Best Non-Deadline News Story

Kelleen Cullison, “FYS Class Leads Bee Awareness Week”

Third Place: Best Photo Essay

William Southern, “Harvest Festival”

ICPA has been supporting student journalists since 1957, and aims not only to stimulate interest in journalism among Indiana’s college students; create fellowship and cooperation among Indiana’s collegiate journalists; and raise the standards of journalism at Indiana’s colleges and universities; but also to help each college and university accomplish these three goals and to foster free speech and a free press on Indiana’s campuses.

Students may write for the Oak Leaves on a freelance basis, as long as they are fluent in AP style. Those who are interested in learning more about being a journalist are invited to enroll in ENG 201: Journalism I: Reporting (fall) and ENG 317: Journalism II: Editing (spring). Class members automatically become staff writers for the Oak Leaves. Please contact Professor Katharine Ings if you have any questions.