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NMSU faculty and staff receive awards from New Mexico Press Women

New Mexico State University faculty and staff members received a number of top awards from the New Mexico Press Women (NMPW) association at the group's annual New Mexico Media and Communications contest banquet May 22.


G. Merrick, associate professor of journalism and mass communication, received first-place awards for column writing and education articles for articles written while she was on sabbatical from the university and working at The Custer County Chief, a weekly newspaper in Broken Bow, Neb. She received a second-place award for a book of poetry titled "Liver of the White Buffalo." She also received two third-place awards and three honorable mentions. Merrick placed first in the sweepstakes for most print journalism awards and second in the individual sweepstakes competition.

Las Cruces author and NMSU alumna Linda G. Harris was awarded third place in the non-fiction category for the book "Ghost Towns Alive." Pamela Porter, an instructor of journalism and mass communication at NMSU, was the photographer for the project.

NMSU's communications office received three first-place awards, three second-place awards, two third-place awards and one honorable mention for various publications such as magazines, newsletters, brochures and posters. The office also received second place in the organizational sweepstakes.

Office staff members Rachel Gallagher, Ronnie Garver, Duncan Hayse, Julie Hughes, Jeany Llorente, Darren Phillips, Gerald Rel and former staff members Heather Feldman and Bernadette Smyth contributed to the publications. Student employee Theresa Montoya and former student Jennifer Hardcastle also contributed.

Smyth received first place for an editorial, an honorable mention for a feature story and third place in the individual sweepstakes category. Gallagher and Hughes each received a first-place award for feature stories and Llorente received a second-place award for a feature story.