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PORTALES – Two Eastern New Mexico University staff members and an ENMU alumna won several awards at the New Mexico Press Women State Conference in Albuquerque on Saturday, May 18.
Carolyn Edwards, University editor, won first and second places in the category of "Magazines" for separate issues of Eastern Magazine, and first and second in "Direct Mail Marketing" for Friends of Eastern Foundation barbecue and breakfast invitations, respectively.
ENMU alumna Janice Friend won first in the category of "Radio Commercial/Campaign, Single Subject" for the Manzano Day School, second for "Marketing Program for an Existing Service" for the Albuquerque IHS Dental Clinic, second for "Single News Release" for the Albuquerque IHS Dental Clinic, and third for "Feature for a Daily Paper" for an article placed in the Santa Fe New Mexican. Janice, a 1997 ENMU graduate, owns Janice Friend Communications in Albuquerque.
Wendel Sloan, director of media relations, won second in the "Radio Commercial" category for "An Evening with Eastern" spot on Albuquerque radio, voiced by Janice Friend. (In fairness to Wendel, he only entered the one category, and barely met the deadline on it. Wendel says that he feels a mixture of pride and irritation that Janice won first in the radio category, since she used to work for him as a student hire and he taught her everything she knew at the time. Also in defense of Wendel, although he is a member of Press Women, he is VERY athletic.)
Carolyn serves as vice president of New Mexico Press Women, and Wendel is co-chair of the scholarship committee with ENMU professor Dr. Janet Roehl.
For the second straight year, an ENMU student received a Press Women scholarship. This year it was Angela Peacock, a broadcast journalism major. The other $500 scholarship went to Cindy Marchant, a journalism major at New Mexico State University. Wendel says that despite the co-chairs of the scholarship committee being from Eastern, ENMU students receive absolutely no favoritism. (Wendel also owns a bridge in Roosevelt County.)
Wendel also judged newspaper column writing for the Ohio Press Women (in which he knew none of the entrants).
First-place entries in the state competition advance to the national competition sponsored by the National Federation of Press Women. Carolyn and Wendel have previously won several national awards. This will be Janice's first crack at the big time.
Carolyn Edwards, Wendel Sloan, Janice Friend (photo by Sandy Schauer)