Wingspan continues to bring home national awards

Rosalind “Roz” Schliske, Laramie County Community College’s instructor of mass media, was honored with the prestigious College Media Association’s 2013 Distinguished Two-Year Newspaper Adviser Award, the highest award given to college media advisers in the nation.

In addition, the fall 2013 Wingspan staff took first place in the “best of show” competition at the 92nd annual Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) national convention held in conjunction with CMA. The Wingspan is LCCC’s student newspaper.

The October 2013 issue took the top honor in the category of all two-year colleges in the nation. Kasey M. Orr, of Cheyenne, and Mandy Neely, of Yuma, Ariz., were the co-editors for that issue. Schliske and J.L. O’Brien, LCCC multimedia instructor, are faculty advisers.

In addition, Orr was a finalist for a national Pacemaker ACP award, considered the Pulitzer Prize of student media, in the category of editorial cartoon for one published in the March 2013 issue.

Since 1976, Schliske has given her students a place to feel valued, accepted and challenged, said Lesley Rowbal, a former student and now creative services manager at the Wyoming Travel Commission. 

Schliske was editor-in-chief of the Daily Skiff at Texas Christian University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English and journalism. She earned her master’s degree in journalism from the University of Wyoming.

Schliske was news editor of the Wyoming Eagle and as a major in the Wyoming Army National Guard was commander of the 197th Public Affairs Detachment. She has served as president of the Wyoming chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and was the first runner-up in the National Federation of Press Women’s communicator of achievement in 1999.