COVER STORY - 2011 Edition

’86 grad wins the Pulitzer in investigative reporting 2011- By Aren Dow (Scroll over the picture to read the cutline) SIUE garnered has its first Pulitzer Prize, after alumna Paige St. John recently won for Investigative Reporting.

St. John, who graduated from the university in 1986, won the 2011 award for examining the Florida insurance market through a series of articles, particularly for why hurricane insurance kept increasing and why insurance companies had canceled two million policies in the state. St. John reports for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

St. John is no stranger to awards and said it was how she paid her way through SIUE.

"It was the college awards that paid my tuition," St. John said. "I had no scholarships and had no money. If not for the job at the Alestle and a series of awards, I would not have been able to complete my degree."

Lebron moves on: SIUE grad student will be part of prestigious Ph.D. program Spring 2011 - By Jill Cook (Scroll over the pictures to read the cutlines) This wasn’t her plan when she applied to SIUE, but Myrna Liz Lebron is now looking forward to earning her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication in Baton Rouge, La.
Lebron was accepted into the SIUE mass communications graduate program in fall 2009. One of her first classes that semester was with Department Chairman Dr. Gary Hicks.
“I had originally intended to go to law school after earning my master’s,” Lebron said. “Many of the prominent people making changes in policy are lawyers.”
From the beginning, however, Hicks saw something in Lebron that led him to believe she would be a good doctoral candidate and began persuading her to at least consider furthering her education.

SIUE is never far from their hearts, mindsSpring 2011 - By Jim Kennedy & John Layton (Scroll over the pictures to read the cutlines) For two former SIUE students, being in a Suburban Journals article last year about 30 young professionals who are making a difference in the Metro East was an honor ­— but not the reason for their service. The Journals asked Madison, Monroe and St. Clair county community and business leaders to share with the publication some of the younger people in the community they knew were making a difference,

“In my opinion, helping the community and the university is something you do without expecting recognition,” 30-year-old S.J. Morrison, director of marketing and planning for Madison County Transit, said.

SIUE’s Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs Katie Bennett, 29, shares a similar sentiment.

2011 Mass Communications Alumni Achievement Award2011 - By Jessica Charlton SIUE mass communications alumnus Bill Faris will receive this year’s Mass Communications Alumni Achievement Award.  Faris will be recognized at the department’s annual alumni evening on April 29.  To cement this honor, his name will be engraved on a plaque that hangs in the department offices. Faris is the president and owner of St. Louis’ Avatar Studios.  Mass Communications Department Chairman Dr. Gary Hicks said the recipient of the honor is chosen by the mass communications department faculty.

Hicks said the faculty evaluate mass communications alumni by their success in their chosen fields and involvement within the department since graduating.
Hicks said that Faris was the ideal recipient for this year’s award because of the quantity of work he has done for the department.

“We want people who have been successful and not forgotten us,” Hicks said.READ MORE

‘In a world where…’: SIUE graduates win Emmy award 2011 - By Allan Lewis & William Down (Scroll over the pictures to read the cutlines)Former SIUE students were honored with a Mid-American Emmy Award in October 2010 for their work on the movie trailer spoof “Academic Integrity” that includes a voiceover from voiceover great Don LaFontaine. The trailer was created in a summer 2008 independent study class with Mass Communications professor Cory Byers. Brent Roth, Alex Trepka and Preston Gibson —dubbed the “Crafty Batch”—alongside Rebecca Mead and Kyle West won in the student production, non-news category, where they were up against two groups from the University of Arkansas.

Mead and West did not submit their names for the award. The tension at the ceremony was quickly relieved for the group, as they learned of their accomplishment. “We were waiting for the Emmys to start and someone in charge approached us and asked if we were the group up for the student award and they had us come backstage,” Gibson said. “She told somebody ‘This is Alex and Preston, they are the group that won the student award.’ We didn’t know if she misspoke, but we walked over to the stack of awards and ours was right there.”


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