HATTIESBURG --- The
University of Southern Mississippi's student newspaper, The Student
Printz, was named Outstanding Student Organization for the 2003-2004
academic year by the Southern Miss Office of Student Activities.
Each year the award goes to a student organization
nominated by faculty, staff and students. The award was presented
during a ceremony held Sept. 9 on the Hattiesburg campus.
"I'm really honored to have served with the staff
that won this award. We really worked together as a team last year,"
said Noel Wilkinson, a senior photojournalism major from Baton Rouge
who serves as executive editor for the Printz.
"This sets a bar for us to reach, and it would
be great to win it again next year," he said.
The Student Printz is part of the Southern Miss School
of Mass Communication and Journalism, and provides opportunities
for student journalists to gain hands-on experience.
Southern Miss student journalists working for The
Student Printz collected three dozen awards for their work in two
separate awards competitions this past spring, including a total
of 13 awards for onsite and offsite competitions as part of the
Southeast Journalism Conference in Troy, Ala., in February and 23
awards in the annual Mississippi Press Association Student Better
Newspaper Contest, presented in March.
Maggie Williams, faculty adviser to the Printz, said
the staff worked hard last year and deserved the award. "I'm
expecting great things again this year," she said.