2022 Magazine Pacemakers

ACP names top student magazines

Pacemaker competition names 19
as the ‘best of the best’

Oct. 28, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Honoring the nation’s best, Associated College Press named 19 student magazines as winners of its prestigious Pacemaker during an awards ceremony at MediaFest22, the Fall National College Media Convention, in Washington, D.C.

“The Pacemaker is the association’s preeminent award,” executive director Laura Widmer said. “ACP is honored to recognize the best of the best.”

In October, 45 magazines were named Pacemaker finalists. Magazines competed in feature/general audience and literary arts divisions. Magazines produced at both four-year and two-year institutions competed. The magazines named as finalists represented 17 states. 

Four judges, with extensive magazine-editing and advising experience, studied each entry discussing and analyzing its strengths and weaknesses.

Gary Lundgren, ACP associate director and coordinator of the Pacemaker competition, noted that the quality of the winning collegiate magazines rivals those produced by professionals.

“The verbal and visual storytelling in the winning magazines is incredible and robust long-form stories combined with shorter quick-reads to pace the reader through the pages of the feature magazines,” Lundgren said. 

“And, the creativity displayed in the literary arts magazines is incredible — the unique formats and creative designs make the magazines themselves a work of art,” he said.

Two-year schools: Literary Arts Magazine


Miami Dade College-Kendall Campus

Miami, Florida

Editor: Megan Carrion

Advisers: Tony Chirinos,
Rita Fernandez-Sterling

Urbana Literary & Arts

Miami Dade College-
Eduardo J. Padrón Campus

Miami, Florida

Editors: Stefani Davila,
Xiu Hau

Adviser: Emily Andrea Sendin


Miami Dade College-
North Campus

Miami, Florida

Editor: Anthony Barrios

Advisers: Carmen Bucher,
Kathleen Noonan

Four-year schools: Literary Arts Magazine


Savannah College of Art and Design

Atlanta, Georgia

Editor: Julie Tran

Advisers: Jessica Clary,
Katherine Medina


University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Editors: Flannery Cowan,
Sierra Martinez, Spenser Willden

Adviser: Amaris Ketcham


North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina

Editor: Camilla Keil

Adviser: Martha Collins


Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Virginia

Editor: Halden Fraley

Advisers: Jessica Clary,
Mark Jeffries, Dominique Lee


Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Virginia

Editor: Abigail Walsh

Advisers: Jessica Clary,
Mark Jeffries, Dominique Lee

Two-year schools: Feature/General Audience Magazine

Inside Fullerton

Fullerton College

Fullerton, California

Editors: Salina Falcon,
Alexcia Negrete

Adviser: Jessica Langlois

Collegian Times

Los Angeles City College

Los Angeles, California

Editor: Sorina Szakacs

Adviser: Rhonda Guess

Four-year schools: Feature/General Audience Magazine


California State University Long Beach

Long Beach, California

Editor: Bella Arnold

Adviser: Robin Jones


California Baptist University

Riverside, California

Editor: Camille Grochowski

Advisers: Mary Ann Pearson,
Sonya Singh


Columbia College Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Editors: Isaiah Colbert,
Melanie Medrano

Advisers: Betsy Edgerton,
Guy Villa

Drake Mag

Drake University

Des Moines, Iowa

Editor: Kaili JiMei

Advisers: Jeff Inman,
Catherine Staub


Bethel University

St. Paul, Minnesota

Editors: Rachel Blood,
Soraya Keiser, Bryson Rosell

Advisers: Jessica Henderson,
Scott Winter


Oregon State University

Corvallis, Oregon

Editor: Draken Reeves

Adviser: Jennifer Moody


University of Oregon

Eugene, Oregon

Editor: Grace Murray

Advisers: Charlie Butler,
Steven Asbury

El Espejo

Texas A&M-San Antonio

San Antonio, Texas

Editors: Jose Castillon,
Miranda Rodriguez, Jocelyn Sandoval,
Jordan Sosa

Adviser: Donna Pazdera