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Faculty awards

WWI recognitionFaculty in the Journalism Department at Southern Connecticut State University stand out in the industry, and have been recognized by state and national organizations.

From left to right: Cindy Simoneau, Journalism Department chair; Jodie Gil, assistant professor of Journalism; John D. Monahan, member of the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission; Robert S. Prezant, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs; Christine Pittsley, project manager for Remembering World War 1; and students Michael Apotria, Chloe Gorman, Brokk Tollefson, Melanie Espinal, Chris Rzasa, Lynandro Simmons and journalism graduate Melissa Nunez | Vern Williams photo.

U.S. World War One Centennial Commission

2018: Journalism Department; Certificate of Recognition; Remembering World War 1 collaboration with Connecticut State Library

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Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

2016: Cindy Simoneau; Teacher of the Year Award; Small Programs Interest Group
At left, Cindy Simoneau receives the Teacher of the Year award from SPIG teaching chair Liz Atwood, right, during a reception in Minneapolis Aug. 5, 2016. | Vern Williams photo
2016: Jodie Mozdzer Gil; First Place; Participatory Journalism Interest Group Poster Competition

Society of Professional Journalists, Connecticut Pro Chapter

2017: Frank Harris; Second Place; General Column, Regional A; "Mr. Carson, slaves were not immigrants"
2017: Jodie Mozdzer Gil; Third Place; Data Reporting, Regional A; "Less access to health services, programs in rural areas take toll"
2017: Dom Amore; First Place; Sports News, Regional A; " Crumbling foundations?"
2017: James Lomuscio; First Place; Arts & Entertainment, Hyperlocal; "For artist, mural’s future uncertain with library expansion"
2017: James Lomuscio; First Place; Business, Hyperlocal; "Oystering on Mill Pond: Reclaiming a family legacy"
2017: James Lomuscio; First Place; Education; Hyperlocal; "Tears for future of Staples child development program"
2017: James Lomuscio; First Place; Sports feature, Hyperlocal; "On the job with: Todd Salamone, golf course superintendent"
2017: James Lomuscio; Second Place; Breaking news, Hyperlocal; "Former neighbor recalls car into water victim"
2017: James Lomuscio; Second Place; Leisure, Hyperlocal; "With ‘perfect chowder weather,’ Chowdafest draws record crowds"
2017: James Lomuscio; Third Place; Continuing coverage, Hyperlocal; "Church ‘Black Lives Matter’ banner vandalized, bringing condemnation"
2017: James Lomuscio; Third Place; Investigative, Hyperlocal; "Chief Koskinas: Talk needed on pistol permits increase and mental health issues"
2017: James Lomuscio; Third Place; Leisure, Hyperlocal; "Dog festival a real tail wagger"
2017: James Lomuscio; Third Place; Local reporting, Hyperlocal; "Chief Koskinas: Talk needed on pistol permits increase and mental health issues"
2016: Jodie Mozdzer Gil; First Place; Video Storytelling, Regional A; "Mindfulness moves into the mainstream"
2016: Dom Amore; Second Place; Sports News, Regional A; "Jalen Adams miracle shot keeps Huskies alive"
2015: Jodie Mozdzer Gil; Second Place; Government, Hyperlocal; "Derby school board violates nepotism policy"
2015: Dom Amore; First Place; Sports Feature, Regional A; "Long memory for baseball"
2015: Dom Amore; Second Place; Sports Feature, Regional A; "Amida Brimah's long journey from Ghana to Uconn"
2015: Dom Amore; Second Place; Sports Column, Regional A; "For Mets Terry Collins, a dream come true"
2015: Dom Amore; Second Place; Sports News, Regional A; "For Uconn, a hard loss to swallow"
2015: Dom Amore; Third Place; Sports News, Regional A; "Under World Series glare, things turn sour for Mets in game 4"

National Society of Newspaper Columnists

2016: Frank Harris, III; Third Place, General Interest, Over 50,000 Circulation