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The Del Mar College Board of Regents did not hold “recognitions” during the April 2023 regular meeting. However, the College does recognize the accomplishments of students, faculty and staff with the following Accolades:

Spring 2023 TIPA Awards_DMC Student Journalists and Faculty

DMC Student Journalists Bring Home 52 Awards from TIPA Spring Convention

The heat was on as Del Mar College student journalists competed during the three-day Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) Spring 2023 Convention held in Fort Worth March 23-25. DMC students vied against other students from colleges and universities across the state in pre-published and live contests, bringing home 52 awards overall.

DMC Associate Professor of Journalism Robert Muilenburg has served as TIPA’s Executive Director since March 2020 and handed the reins over to the association’s new leader during the convention this year.

Additionally, two students representing DMC received scholarships while attending the convention. Heather Medina was awarded the $2,500 Legacy Builder Scholarship sponsored by Baylor University for a transferring community college student who has selected a four-year TIPA member school to attend in fall 2023. Criteria does not require the recipient to attend Baylor, and Medina will attend Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi this coming fall. Marie “Lola” Ponce was awarded the $2,000 Fred Stewart Community College Journalism Scholarship, which is awarded for student excellence in media and named after the longtime Student Publications Advisor at Texas A&M University-Commerce, TIPA Hall of Fame inductee and TIPA Executive Director for many years. Ponce will continue her studies at DMC this summer and fall.

Awards DMC students received during this spring’s TIPA convention include:

LIVE CONTESTS: Andrew-Pól Clements, Second Place for Editorial Cartoon; Manuel Alvarez, Second Place for Radio Sports Reporting; Heather Medina, Second Place for Radio Announcing; and Foghorn News, Honorable Mention for Best of Show Newspaper

PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED CONTESTS (First Place): Staff for Editorial Page Design, Andrew-Pól Clements and Heather Medina for General News Multimedia Story, Robert Barerra for Feature Reporting – Audio, Jessica Rivas for General Column, Staff for Headline Writing, Heather Medina for Advertising/PSA/Promo – Audio, Gabrielle Gome for Advertising/PSA/Promo – Video, Logan Lankford for Ad Design and Ana Alldredge for Newspaper Cover Design

PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED CONTESTS (Second Place): Heather Medina for Feature Reporting - Video, Andrew-Pól Clements and Marissa Rodriguez for Multimedia Feature, Heather Medina for Advertising Campaign, Staff for Special Section Design, Matthew Garza, Robert Barerra and Malana Kinnett for News Production - Audio, Eve Stogner for Sports Page Design, Staff for Editorial Page Design, Philip Perez for Feature Page Design, Ben Cassels for Cartoon Strip, Nichaela Shaheen for Infographic and Ana Alldredge for Breaking News Photo

PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED CONTESTS (Third Place): Staff for Best Website, Staff for Best Newspaper, Matthew Garza for Podcast, Nichaela Shaheen for General News Photo, Matthew Garza for Sportscast - Audio, Amber Ashworth for Sports Reporting - Audio, Matthew Garza, Marissa Rodriguez and COMM 1337 TV II for Sportscast – Video, Ashly Morales for Live Newscast - Video, Ana Alldredge for General News Story, Nichaela Shaheen for Photojournalist of the Year, Ana Alldredge and Jack Kramer for Multimedia Feature, Matthew Garza for Advertising/PSA/Promo - Audio, Logan Lankford for Sports Game Story, Jake Hernandez for Program Production - Video, Matthew Garza, Robert Barerra and Heather Medina for Program Production - Audio, Val Cantu for Comic Strip, Nichaela Shaheen for Environmental Portrait and Melissa Mata for Photo Story

PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED CONTESTS (Honorable Mention): Matthew Garza for Sports Reporting - Audio, Robert Barerra, Ariel Saenz and Nicholas Torres for Sportscast - Video, Staff for Live Video Newscast, Andrea Puvol for Feature Reporting - Video, Robert Barerra for Podcast, Philip Perez for In-Depth Reporting, Heather Medina for General News Video Story, Staff for Overall Design - Website, Staff for Overall Design – Newspaper and Ana Alldredge for Breaking News Photo

Last fall during the Texas Community College Journalism Association conference held in Denton in early November, DMC student journalists won 23 awards, including five First Place,  six Second Place, seven Third Place and five Honorable Mentions … setting the stage for another winning season this spring!


Carlos Garanzuay_DMC Director of Admissions

Representing Del Mar College Student Veterans

Dr. Carlos Garanzuay, Director of Admissions, attended and presented at professional conferences in February and March. He first attended the February conference held by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education in Denver. During the NASPA Symposium on Military-connected Students, Dr. Garanzuay presented “Mission-ready & College-ready: Student-veterans' Non-cognitive Attributes Facilitate Unexpected Strategies.” He then presented “One Size Fits One: Non-cognitive Attributes are Keys to College-readiness, Student-Focused Missions and Belonging” and co-presented “How Are You? – Reestablishing a Connection Culture in Higher Education” during the March conference held in Houston by the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education, best known as TACHE. Additionally, Dr. Garanzuay presented “Student-veterans' Non-cognitive Attributes Facilitate Unexpected Strategies” during the League for Innovation in the Community College in Tempe, Ariz., during Spring Break.



Women In Industry Conference Program Cover_Katrina Rossel_DMC Millwright Program Graduate

Recruiting Young Women Into Industry, Building Our Future Workforce

In late March, Del Mar College representatives, including faculty, staff and program graduates, attended and represented the institution during the first “Women In Industry” Conference held in Corpus Christi, which was organized by This One’s For the Gals at the Solomon P. Ortiz Center. Hundreds of high school-age female students from across the region attended to learn more about career opportunities in the energy, construction and manufacturing industries here in the Coastal Bend. While visiting with DMC representatives, including Millwright Program graduates Katrina Rossel and Yessica Juarez, these future industry employees discovered the programs that the College offers while sharing their own goals and plans for the future. Rossel, who now works for ExxonMobil, was featured on the “Women In Industry” Conference agenda cover as an example of the opportunities women have in the area’s workforce. Juarez now works for Cheniere Energy.

About Del Mar College

Del Mar College empowers students to achieve their dreams. We offer quality programs, individual attention, outstanding instruction through faculty with real-world experience and affordable costs to credit and noncredit students in Corpus Christi and the South Texas Coastal Bend area. Nationally recognized while locally focused, we’re ranked in the top two percent of community colleges in the country granting associate degrees to Hispanic students (Community College Week). Del Mar College focuses on offering our students programs that match current or emerging career opportunities. Whether students are interested in the fine arts, sciences, business, occupational or technical areas, students get the education they need for the future they want at Del Mar College.