Newspaper presents Source Awards and announces spring 2017 staff.
By J. Del Valle
At the end of every semester, The Ranger introduces the new editors and gives recognition to sources who helped student reporters produce stories for the newspaper.
The fall ceremony was the morning of Nov. 18 in the Ranger newsroom.
“It means a lot to us because without our sources we wouldn’t have a newspaper,” said editor Wally Perez.
The Ranger started the event in spring 2004. This semester there were 50 nominees. The Ranger handed out 13 awards.
“The Ranger has been the foundation of everything that has happened to me in my journalism career,” said Vincent T. Davis, former Ranger staff member from 1997-2000 and now a features writer for the San Antonio Express-News; he was given honorable mention for the Booster Club award.
Tiffany Cox Hernandez, chair of the public policy and service department, won for “The Informant,” which honors the most informative source. Honorable mentions went to Dee Dixon, senior student success adviser, and Diane Snyder, associate vice chancellor for finance and administration. Other nominees were Joseph Liedecke, civic engagement coordinator; Adrianna De Hoyos, campus coordinator; Albert Cordew, TRiO peer adviser; Art Guild President Justin Mendez; Linda Casas, Candler Physical Education Center facility manager; and Rick Varner, Scobee Education Center director.
Maria Jimenez, certified adviser, won for “Patience is Virtue,” which honors a source with the most patience. Honorable mentions went to Hector Cardenas, president of Friends of San Pedro Springs, and Eric Dorsa, drama sophomore. Other nominees were Carmen Santiago, coordinator of dental assisting; Lisa Black, social work program coordinator; and Joel Knocke, communication design professor.
Harley Williams, psychology sophomore and president of the Student Government Association, won for “Mother Hen,” which honors the most nurturing source. Other nominees were Stella Cirlos, director of the department of nursing education; Beatrix Perez, social work and sociology instructor; and Melody Hull, American Sign Language professor.
Mariano Aguilar Jr., English and Mexican American studies professor, won for “Defender of Free Press,” which honors a source who defends Constitutional rights and explains how a free press works. Honorable mention went to Alamo Colleges Police deputy Chief Joe Pabon.
Carrie Hernandez, senior student success specialist, won for “Booster Club,” which honors the newspaper’s biggest supporters who encourage students to read The Ranger each week and occasionally to write for the newspaper as well. Davis received an honorable mention. Other nominees were visual arts Professor Debra Schafter and Jimenez.
Tony Villanueva, president of the American Association of University Professors at Palo Alto College, won for “Big Tipper,” which honors the most dedicated source of news tips. This source regularly calls or visits The Ranger to provide story ideas. Honorable mention went to James “Hot Mustard” Velten, academic program coordinator and program director at KSYM, this college’s radio station. The other nominee was Jane Focht-Hansen, English professor and writing center director.
Tiffany Cox Hernandez won for “The Sure Thing,” which honors The Ranger’s most reliable source, who always returns phones calls in a timely manner. Honorable mention went to Jimenez and Snyder. Other nominees were Martin M. Davila, chair of protective services; Faith Ullom, president of Rho Sigma Gamma, the mortuary science fraternity; Mark Bigelow, Student Government Association adviser; Ryan Lozano, philosophy full-time adjunct; Mendez; Marisa Martinez, senior specialist of student success; Hull; Jonathan Lee, chair of the LGBTQ Cultural Committee and history professor; Brad Dudney, kinesiology program coordinator; Casas; and Liedeke.
Dr. Conrad Krueger, dean of arts and sciences, won for “Forgive and Forget,” which honors someone The Ranger has wronged unnecessarily but is gracious enough to not hold it against the newspaper. Honorable mention went to college President Robert Vela. Other nominees were Haley Capestany, women’s basketball coach, and Mike Burton, chair of English, education, humanities and journalism/photography.
The Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees won for “Overexposed,” which honors newsmakers who patiently and repeatedly suffered through the training of photographers and were rewarded with frequent photos in The Ranger. The nominees were Hernandez and The Art Guild.
Irene Fuentes, scholarship coordinator, won for “Underexposed,” which honors newsmakers who patiently and repeatedly suffered though the training of photographers and were not rewarded with frequent photos in The Ranger.
Villanueva won for “Medal of Honor,” which honors sources who speak out even if they potentially endanger themselves by doing so.
Jo Carol Fabianke, vice chancellor of academic success, won for “Piñata,” which honors a source who takes a lot of hits from The Ranger but still gives information. The other nominees were Capestany and Chancellor Bruce Leslie.
Anna Bustamante, Palo Alto kinesiology instructor and Alamo Colleges District 3 trustee, won for “Trusty Trustee,” which honors trustees who are concerned about the issues.
Journalism/photography program coordinator Marianne Odom announced The Ranger spring 2017 news staff: editor Zachary-Taylor Wright, managing editor Michelle Delgado, features editor James Dusek, news editor Emily Garcia, calendar editor Christine Romero, photography editor Brianna Rodrigue, multimedia editor Brandon A. Edwards and social media editor Miranda Holden. Photographers are Aly Miranda, Alison Graf and Noah Acevedo. Illustrators are Estefania B. Alonso and Brent Schmuck.
Kyle R. Cotton, Ranger managing editor, is transferring to the University of Texas at Arlington to continue pursuing his journalism degree.
He has been on the Ranger staff for two years,
“It was a great two years,” journalism sophomore Cotton said.
He said the journalism program is rewarding here, but you’ve got to put in the time and work for it to be rewarding,