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Pictured from left are COLFA's Helene Benitez, Daniel Gelo and
Deborah Thomas perusing the award-winning Ovations magazine.
(Photo by Mark McClendon)

UTSA receives two awards for Ovations magazine

By Lorna Stafford
Multimedia Editor, Office of Publications

(July 30, 2008)--The UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts (COLFA) and the Office of Publications recently received two prestigious awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), a professional organization serving national and international education communities.

The Grand Award in the category of most improved publication and the Award of Excellence for magazine design were presented in April for Ovations magazine, a yearly product of COLFA that showcases the achievements of faculty, students, alumni and staff of the college. The awards were announced at CASE's District IV conference in Little Rock, Ark. The entries bested submissions from the University of Texas at Austin, Baylor University, Texas State University, Texas Tech University and St. Edward's University.

Ovations is a joint venture between COLFA and the publications office with COLFA supplying editorial content and Publications handling editing and creative design. It has evolved over the years from a two-color newsletter to a full-color magazine.

"Refining Ovations has been a great step forward in spreading the impressive news about UTSA's level of excellence in the liberal and fine arts to all our friends and neighbors," said Daniel J. Gelo, dean of the college. "It's important, too, that within the college community we pause and celebrate our individual and collective accomplishments. And, putting together each issue is a fun literary and artistic project."

In addition to contributing writers, the Ovations team includes Gelo; Deborah Thomas, assistant to the dean; Helene Benitez, associate director of development; and the publications team, which includes Elton Smith, director; Frank Segura, assistant director; Rebecca Luther, Lety Laurel and Lorna Stafford, editors; Karen Thurman, graphics designer; and Patrick Dunn, photographer.

"Receiving these awards is quite an honor because we are judged by our peer professionals in the CASE organization," said publications director Elton Smith. "It is really a tough competition."

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