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Loyola represents at the New Orleans Press Club Awards

June 17, 2011

This year’s New Orleans Press Club Awards ceremony will have a distinct Loyola feel to it. At least 22 members of the Loyola University New Orleans community, including students, alumni and staff, are finalists for the 2011 Press Club of New Orleans Excellence in Journalism Awards on Saturday, July 16 at Harrah's Casino Theatre.

“Loyola’s School of Mass Communication has earned a strong reputation for producing high-quality journalists and professional communicators,” said SMC Director Sonya Forte Duhé, Ph.D. “We know that when our communication students leave this university, they have the tools necessary to be the best in the business. We are, of course, extremely proud of our alumni, but especially excited to see our current students nominated in some very prestigious categories.”

In fact, the Print Continuing Coverage category has The Maroon’s Precious Esie, Sam Winstrom and Craig Malveaux vying for top honors against former Maroon staff writers Ramon Antonio Vargas ’09, Danny Monteverde ’08 and Katie Urbaszewski ’11, who are all currently employed by the Times-Picayune.

“This is so exciting,” said Michael Giusti, journalism instructor and adviser to The Maroon. “Getting three nominations in such high-profile categories is exciting, but what is more exciting is that our students are competing against our own alumni for many of these awards. Once again, The Maroon is making its presence felt in the premier city-wide journalism competition.”

Other alumni and former students up for top honors include: Bobby Brennan ’83, Ron Yager ’83, Jim Dotson ’82, Sofia Voulgarakis ’03, Diane Mack ’78, Les East ’82, Autumn Giusti ’00, Jessica Williams ’11, Alex Woodward ’08, Fletcher Mackel ’98, Travers Mackel ’98, Trevor Cassidy ’10, Alex Fournet ’11, and Paula Pendarvis.

In addition, Loyola Director of Public Affairs Meredith Hartley is a finalist for top honors in two public relations categories, including Print Newsletter and Press Kit.

Congratulations to all our students, staff and alumni and GO WOLFPACK!

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