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Student Awards

Honors Convocation 2017

The Journalism Department presents students with our highest honors each Spring.

The Robin Marshall Glassman Outstanding Journalism Graduate recognizes the student(s) with the highest academic record in the department. The 2017 recipients were Sandra Gomez-Aceves, Carl Jordan Castro and Sherly Montes.

The Southern News Journalist of the Year award recognizes outstanding service to the Southern News. The 2017 recipients were Josh Falcone and Dylan Haviland.

Award recipients are recognized at the university's honors convocation ceremony. Scroll down to see past winners of the awards.

Pictured above: From left to right, Dylan Haviland, Josh Falcone, Sherly Montes, Sandra Gomez-Aceves and Carl Jordan Castro gather before the Honors Convocation on April 30, 2017. Vern Williams photo.


 Journalism students have also been recognized with other university and external awards.

ProPublica Data Institute

2017: Sandra Gomez-Aceves

Barnard Award

2015: Mackenzie Hurlbert

President's Award

2015: Juliemar Ortiz

Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards

2014: Xavier Lassiter; Finalist; General Column Writing (Small)

Society of Professional Journalists Connecticut Excellence in Journalism Awards

2015: Sandra Gomez-Aceves and Allaysia Varnado; Second place, Hyperlocal/Sports Feature; "Wrestlers aim high as new season approaches"
2015: Edgar Ayala and Jared Klim; Second place, Hyperlocal/Video Storytelling; "Hillhouse team overcame practice field challenge"
2015: Katherine G. Krajcik and Amy Kulikowski; Third place; Hyperlocal/Video Storytelling; "Hopkins swimmer looks toward Olympic Trial"
2014: Carl Jordan Castro, Cristina D'Almeida, Emili Lanno, Xavier Lassiter, Krystina Morgan, Alexander Roberts, Hannah Spreckley, Ratasha Smith, Matt Stumpo; Second place, General Reporting Series, Online; "CT Bus Diaries"

Society of Professional Journalists Will Write For Food

2014: Carl Jordan Castro, writer


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Pictured above: Professor Cindy Simoneau, chair of the Journalism Department, poses with award recipients Derek Torrellas, Hannah Spreckley and Mackenzie Hurlbert outside the Honors Convocation May 3, 2015.

Robin Marshall Glassman Outstanding Journalism Graduate

2017: Sandra Gomez-Aceves, Carl Jordan Castro, Sherly Montes
2016: Monica Zielinski
2015: Derek Torrellas, Trevon Freeman, Juliemar Ortiz
2014: Nicole Y. Dellolio
2013: Savannah Mul
2012: Ryan Morgan, Bethany Tuller
2011: Allison Townsend
2010: Benjamin Johnson, Erin Jones
2009: Ronald J. Ragozzino
2008: Brittany Galla
2007: Amie L. Martin
2006: Joanne M. Mozdzer
2005: Jennifer L. Taber, Gretchen Zonas
2004: Christine H. Buchbinder
2003: Tyson R. Kaczmarek, Jessica M. Lyon
2002: Heather M. Cavaliere
2001: Erica Gordon
2000: Kristen Murphy
1999: Ethan D. Mitkowski
1998: Elizabeth Clampet, Kathleen Casagrande
1997: Ian Powers

Southern News Journalist of the Year

2017: Josh Falcone, Dylan Haviland
2016: Josh Falcone
2015: Mackenzie Hurlbert, Hannah Spreckley
2014: Ivylee E. Rosario
2013: Elizabeth Dishian
2012: Jeffrey Nowak
2011: Stephanie Paulino
2010: Allison Townsend
2009: Benjamin W. Johnson
2008: Jennifer Lynn Duval
2007: Mark L. Prokop
2006: Christopher E. Wilson
2005: Jennifer L. Taber
2004: Jennifer Manes, Robin Walluck
2003: Robin Walluck
2002: Anthony L. Apuzzo
2001: Michael Spagnola
2000: Jessica Plourde
1999: James J. Opton
1998: Heather Weant
1997: Ethan Mitkowski
1996: Amy Garceau, Joseph Christinat
1995: Edward J. Crowder, Corey E. Fyke
1994: Christine Winderlin
1993: Adrienne Nagy
1992: Heather C. Waldron
1991: Steven W. Mark
1990: Susana Martins, Paul Boudreau
1989: Patricia Fusco
1988: Christine Powell
1987: Lynne Marie Mikulak
1986: Jan Cronan, Denise Madera
1985: Elizabeth Metz, Jeffrey Smith
1984: Elizabeth Metz, Alan Olenick
1983: Dominic Amore
1982: Diane Ploch, Susan Braden
1981: Eileen Keyes
1980: Nancy A. Schultz
1979: Robert Molnar