ACP names top student magazines

Pacemaker competition recognizes 45 finalists

Oct. 3, 2022

MINNEAPOLIS — Student magazines from 45 colleges and universities have been recognized as Pacemaker finalists by the Associated College Press.

The winners will be announced at the ACP Pacemaker and Individual Awards Ceremony at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, 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.”


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Yearbook Pacemakers will be presented in spring 2023.

The 45 magazines named as finalists represent 17 states. From the 45 finalists, 19 will earn Pacemakers. Magazines competed in feature/general audience and literary arts divisions. Magazines produced at both four-year and two-year institutions competed. 

In the feature magazine category, there are 27 finalists — five from two-year and 22  from four-year institutions. Of these 27 finalists, 11 will earn Pacemakers.

In the literary arts magazine category, there are 18 finalists — six from two-year and 12 from four-year institutions. Of these 18 finalists, eight will earn Pacemakers. 

Three 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.

Finalists are alphabetical by state.

Two-year college: Literary Arts Magazine

WALL Literary Journal
Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, California
Editor: Sofia Copca
Adviser: Gina Victoria Shaffer

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

Valencia College, Orlando, Florida
Editor: Erik Siegel
Advisers: Meg Curtiss, Jackie Zuromski

Impulse 2022
Rockland Community College, Suffern, New York
Editors: Eva Burstein, Eduarda de Jesus, Star Navarro, Brandon Munoz
Advisers: Kristian Dougherty, Eileen MacAvery Kane

Four-year college/university: Literary Arts Magazine

The Auburn Circle
Auburn University, Auburn University, Alabama
Editor: Julia Fink
Adviser: Billy Ferris

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia
Editor: Jimmy Liu
Adviser: Mac Pitts

Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
Editor: Paula Valero
Adviser: Bryce McNeil

Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, Georgia
Editor: Julie Tran
Advisers: Jessica Clary, Katherine Medina

The Tower
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Editors: Kala MacDonald, Alba Rakacolli
Adviser: Jim Cihlar

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Editors: Flannery Cowan, Sierra Martinez, Spenser Willden
Adviser: Amaris Ketcham

Colonnades Literary and Art Magazine
Elon University, Elon, North Carolina
Editor: Christy Dickman
Advisers: Drew Perry, Tita Ramirez

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
Editor: Camilla Keil
Adviser: Martha Collins

Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
Editor: Natalie Harris
Adviser: Steven Sandberg

University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
Editor: Jacqueline Knox

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 college: Feature/General Audience Magazine

El Sol
Southwestern College, Chula Vista, California
Editor: Nicolette Monique Luna
Advisers: Max Branscomb, Kenneth Pagano

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

The Bleed
Lane Community College, Eugene, Oregon
Editors: Ashlee Glover, Joshua Rodriguez
Adviser: Tom Madison

The Current
Amarillo College, Amarillo, Texas
Editors: Faith Chamberlain, Rebekah Higgins,
Kamden Slough, Andrew Terry
Advisers: Maddisun Fowler, Jill Gibson, Derek Weathersbee

Four-year college/university: Feature/General Audience Magazine

Nineteen Fifty-Six
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Editor: Tionna Taite
Adviser: Monique Fields

Biola University, La Mirada, California
Advisers: Michael Kitada, Tamara Welter

The Point
Biola University, La Mirada, California
Editor: Sophia Silvester
Adviser: Tamara Welter

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

San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California
Editor: Saskia Hatvany
Adviser: Joanne Derbort

University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
Editor: Emmalyse Brownstein
Adviser: Randy Stano

Ke Alaka’i
Brigham Young University-Hawaii, Laie, Hawaii
Editors: Michael Kraft, Leiani Brown Molis, Amanda Penrod, Abbie Putnam
Adviser: LeeAnn Lambert

Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Editors: Isaiah Colbert, Melanie Medrano
Advisers: Betsy Edgerton, Guy Villa

Ball Bearings Magazine
Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
Editors: Becca Foerder, Shannon McCloskey
Adviser: Lisa Renze-Rhodes

Drake Mag
Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa
Editor: Kaili JiMei
Advisers: Jeff Inman, Catherine Staub

Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
Editors: Holly Delay, Lexi Garcia
Advisers: Ira David Levy, John Walter

Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky
Editor: Jess Brandt
Adviser: Sam Oldenburg

KRNL Lifestyle + Fashion
University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
Editor: Allie Diggs
Advisers: Ryan Craig, David Stephenson

Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota
Editors: Rachel Blood, Soraya Keiser, Bryson Rosell
Advisers: Jessica Henderson, Scott Winter

Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
Editor: Staff
Advisers: Nancy Austin, Joy Burton, Rafael Concepcion, Paula Nelson, Bruce Strong, Claudia Strong, Amy Toensing

Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
Editors: Pearl Cadigan, Zoe Glasser
Adviser: Melissa Chessher

Beaver’s Digest
Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
Editor: Jaycee Kalama
Adviser: Jennifer Moody

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

Focus Magazine
Baylor University, Waco, Texas
Editor: Matti Pennington
Advisers: Bruce Gietzen, Julie Reed