Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Envision Magazine Wins National Awards

by Becky St. Clair

Envision, a regular publication produced by the Andrews University Department of Communication, was recently named the best mobile publication in North America by the Associated Church Press (ACP). The award was announced at the oldest and largest Christian Press Association's annual awards banquet, held in Chicago on April 25.

Envision’s prestigious "Best in Class" honor was one of five awards won by the Andrews University student publication from among 1,200 entries submitted for judging in the yearly Best of the Christian Press Awards 2013.

“We are indeed proud of the achievements of Debbie Michel and her students,” says Keith Mattingly, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Andrews University. “Particularly nice is the involvement of our students and their deserved recognition.”

Other award-winning entries by the student-produced magazine are:

  • Award of Excellence for Student Publications (entire Envision staff)
  • Award of Excellence for Reporting and Writing: Feature Article, short format magazine ("Uncalled For? Women in the Seminary" by Melodie Roschman)
  • Award of Merit for Reporting and Writing: Personally Useful Article ("Don't Follow Your Dreams: How to be Miserable, Waste Time and Live an Unsatisfying Life" by Melodie Roschman)
  • Honorable Mention: Art/Design/Graphics: Design Spread or Story ("From Fear to Eternity" spread by Kristiana Mitacek)

In addition to the printed version of the magazine, Andrews alumnus Kenty Ramdatt designed the mobile app, available on iOS and Android devices.

“This is truly a great achievement,” says Duane McBride, chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and research professor of sociology. “We are all benefitted as Andrews faculty and students are recognized for their creative achievements.”

Envision magazine is produced jointly each spring among three classes: Publication Production in the Department of Communication, photography students of Dave Sherwin, assistant professor of photography and design students of Diane Myers, assistant professor of graphic design & digital media, both in the Department of Visual Art & Design.

"This project is truly a team effort," says Carey Carscallen, deanof the School of Architecture, Art & Design. "Without any one of these components we would not have this amazing magazine. These awards are a well-deserved affirmation of the hard work and professionalism of all of our faculty and students, in both departments."

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