Special Programs Magazine Wins 2nd Place in National Professional Communicators Contest

The 2016 Issue II of Special Programs Magazine haswon the second place in the national contest organized by the National Federation of Press Women.

Each year, a team of Special Programs professionals at Wichita State University forms a committee to produce three magazine issues in celebration of National TRIO Day and Special Programs. The students, staff, and services of the TRIO, GEAR UP and Office of Disability Services programs are the focus of the magazine. Hard copies of the magazine are mailed to several WSU administrators as well as to the top officials in the fedeal department of education. "Many federal education department staff look forward to receive a copy of this magazine," said Ms. Deltha Q. Colvin, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs.

The magazine is entered in a state and national competition. The results of the annual Kansas Professional Communicators (KPC) contest were announced earlier this spring. KPC members who won first place in their categories were entered in the NFPW's (National Federation of Press Women) communications contest.

In the KPC contest, WSU's Ashley Cervantes (McNair Scholars Program), Larry Ramos (Talent Search), Maria Lucas (Disability Support Services), Alan Dsouza, PhD (Office of Special Programs) and Travis Feeney (Upward Bound) won first place in the category newsletters - nonprofit, government or educational and second place in the national contest.

It was in 2016, that one of our committee members, Ms. Wilma Moore-Black took the initiative to enter an issue from 2015 for the competition, when it won an award in its very first entry, informed Mr. Larry Ramos, the chair of the magazine committee. "This is the second year in a row that the magazine took first place in the state competition," Ramos said.

The second place showing in the national competition was met with surprise and excitement. The awarded winning magazines may be found at Special Programs Magazine