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MDC Student Publications Again Earn Top Honors in National and State Competitions

Edgy literary mags earn nods as ‘magazine of the year, best design, and best feature story
Miambiance Magazine

<em>Miambiance</em> Cover Page - Vol. 20 (2010).

Miami, November 1, 2010 - At first glance, the enigmatic covers of Miambiance and Urbana literary magazines could easily join the hundreds of mainstream publications that line the racks of newsstands today.

However, for all of Miami Dade College’s (MDC) five student literary magazines, it is not only their cover pages that are drawing attention these days. Each of the publications earned top honors in a major collegiate competition sponsored by the Florida Community College Press Association (FCCPA) at the organization’s annual awards ceremony in Ocala, FL, last week.  

Axis (North Campus), Café Cultura (Hialeah Campus), Metromorphosis (Wolfson Campus), Miambiance (Kendall Campus), and Urbana (InterAmerican Campus), are MDC’s five acclaimed student literary publications that are produced entirely by students. What make these publications so unique are the distinct names that reflect the area and culture where each campus is located.

Having won several awards over the years, the magazines continue to serve as a healthy platform for students to discover their artistic and literary freedom while promoting a connection to the entire community.        

In addition to the FCCPA honors, the magazines celebrated additional victories this past weekend when the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) held its annual awards ceremony on Oct. 30 in Louisville, Kentucky. Also, in separate competitions hosted by other college press organizations throughout the country, MDC’s literary magazines claimed numerous awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) and the Community College Humanities Association (CCHA). 

The student magazines were recognized by these organizations for excellence in art, design, editing, photography and more. In fact, Miambiance was a finalist for ACP’s prestigious Pacemaker Award while Axis claimed first place in CCHA’s annual magazine competition.

See below for the full list of all MDC literary magazine winners. 

A combination of the cover, layout, photographs and overall content has garnered rave reviews for all of the magazines by FCCPA judges.

Of Axis artist and MDC student Dexter Jones’ graphic illustration, FCCPA judge John Baker wrote: “Simple but powerful…It’s haunting but it also captures the grotesque and cruel nature of the senseless death.” Reviews such as this one are expected as is the compelling and intense nature of magazines’ content, which range from the innocence of children to the vices of adulthood.  

In 2009, Miambiance earned 32 awards – the most out of all MDC literary publications. And, this year, nabbed 10 from the FCCPA, two from ACP, one from CCHA, and 19 from CSPA.

Grace Dopico, current Miambiance editor, says “we’re all really excited about this year’s awards, which were well-deserved. It took a lot of effort from the staff in all areas, from copyediting to layout to design.”

The aspiring journalist said this year’s victory has inspired creativity and innovation. “We’re more eager to make several changes to the entire magazine’s concept. We have an entirely new staff so we want to be more innovative with the design and content.” 

Café Cultura, MDC’s newest literary magazine produced entirely by students at the Hialeah Campus, has grown significantly since its launch in 2008. This year, Café Cultura competed against eight other state colleges and received 14 awards for overall magazine excellence, editing, photography, art, and more. The magazine also won several FFCPA awards in 2009 for its cover, poetry, non-fiction, and artwork. 

“We are so grateful for all the support we’ve received from our campus president Dr. Ana Maria Bradley-Hess and the administrative staff,” said Victor Calderin, MDC professor and co-faculty advisor. “This year's magazine is a testament to the campus' commitment to the literary and creative work of our students.” 

Here’s a breakdown of the 2010 award recipients for the FCCPA that were awarded Friday, Oct. 22, 2010 in Ocala, FL: 

2010 General Excellence Award (Overall magazine excellence)
Division A
First Place - Café Cultura – MDC Hialeah Campus

Division B
Second Place – Miambiance – MDC Kendall Campus

2010 Special Award
Division A
Diana Vazquez, Café Cultura – MDC Hialeah Campus 

Art – Individual
Division A
Second Place – Andres Cabrera, Café Cultura – MDC Hialeah Campus

Division B
Third Place – Michael Tello, AXIS – MDC North Campus

Art Works
Division A
First Place - Andres Cabrera and Nerys Torralbas, Café Cultura – MDC Hialeah Campus
Second Place (Tie) – Monica Moser, Maria Violeta Gonzalez Montaner, Urbana, MDC InterAmerican Campus

Contents Page
Division B
Third Place – Dexter Jones, AXIS – MDC North Campus 

Cover
Division A
Third Place - John Muňiz and Diana Santisteban, Café Cultura – MDC Hialeah Campus 

Design
Division B
Second Place – Jessica Fadel, Natasha Glasford, Metromorphosis - MDC Wolfson Campus
Third Place – Jessica Valdes, Miambiance, MDC Kendall Campus 

Editing
Division A
First Place - Isnet Ribot and Victoria Saavedra, Café Cultura – MDC Hialeah Campus

Division B
First Place - Stephanie Del Pino, Miambiance - MDC Kendall Campus 

Fiction
Division A
First Place - "Angel Dust" by Victoria Saavedra, Café Cultura – MDC Hialeah Campus

Division B
First Place – “Birkman” by Justin L. Mangana, Miambiance – MDC Kendall Campus
Second Place – Emily Binnie, Metromorphosis, MDC Wolfson Campus

Illustrations with Text – Individual
Division B
First Place – Dexter Jones, Mario Martinez, AXIS, MDC North Campus 

Illustrations with Text – Magazine
Division A
Third Place – Andres Cabrera and Nerys Torralbas, Café Cultura – MDC Hialeah Campus

Division B
Third Place – Antonio Almirall, Vicky D’Incecco, Annette Delgado, Miambiance – MDC Kendall Campus 

Inner Circle of Excellence (Awarded to students who placed in three or more categories)
Division A
Andres Cabrera, Café Cultura – MDC Hialeah Campus
Diana Santisteban, Café Cultura – MDC Hialeah Campus:

Non-Fiction
Division B
First Place – Jeannie Harrison, AXIS, MDC North Campus

Poem
Division A
First Place - "For the Fun of It" by Cristina Cabrera, Café Cultura – MDC Hialeah Campus

Division B
Second Place (Tie) - Bryan Aguilar, Miambiance – MDC Kendall Campus
Second Place (Tie) – Dinkinish O’Connor, AXIS – MDC North Campus

Poetry
Division A
Second Place – Sean Pagoada, Suleidys Tellez, Karina Vado, Urbana, MDC InterAmerican Campus

Division B
First Place - Jon Ing, Jennifer Loliner, Amanda Perez-Villareal, Miambiance – MDC Kendall Campus
Second Place – Jessica Cohn-Kleinberg, Giselle Heraux, Dinkinish O’Connor, AXIS MDC North Campus

Photo
Division A
Second Place - Diana Santisteban, Café Cultura - MDC Hialeah Campus

Division B
Second Place (Tie) – Natalia Almanza, Miambiance – MDC Kendall Campus 

Photography
Division A
First Place – Jose Garcia, Michelle Orchid Rodriguez and Diana Santisteban, Café Cultura – MDC Hialeah Campus
Third Place – Juan Elias, Urbana, MDC InterAmerican Campus

Division B
Second Place – Vicky D’Incecco, Kristian Rodriguez, and Elaine Rosner, Miambiance – MDC Kendall Campus

Staff Page
Division A
Second Place - John Muňiz and Sadiel "Speedy" Ruiz, Café Cultura – MDC Hialeah Campus
Third Place – Jessica Valdes and Kyle Zimmerman, Miambiance – MDC Kendall Campus 

Associated Collegiate Press, to be awarded Oct, 30, 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky:
Miambiance, Vol. 20
Finalist for the 2010 Pacemaker Award
Finalist for Feature Story of the Year for “Tainted” by Julie Robison 

Community College Humanities Association Southern Region award recipients given this fall:
First Place – Axis – MDC North Campus
Second Place - Miambiance – MDC Kendall Campus
Third Place - Metromorphosis– MDC Wolfson Campus 

Columbia Scholastic Press Association 2010 Gold Circle Awards for Magazines
First Place – John Muniz for page design: literary portfolio - Café Cultura – MDC Hialeah Campus
First Place – Victor Alpi for Single Illustration: Color - Miambiance - MDC Kendall Campus
Second Place – Daniele Gabriel for Single Illustration - Black and white - Miambiance – MDC Kendall Campus
Second Place – Hanny Pardo for Single Illustration -- Miambiance – MDC Kendall Campus
Second Place – Mario Martinez for single illustration - Axis – MDC North Campus
Third Place – Dexter Jones for page design/single spread – Axis – MDC North Campus
Third Place – Michelle Orchid Rodriguez for photographs - Café Cultura – MDC Hialeah Campus
Third Place – Kelvin Mitchell Single illustration rendering photographic material -- Miambiance – MDC Kendall
Third Place – Annette Delgado for single illustration black and white -- Miambiance – MDC Kendall
Third Place – Annette Delgado for single illustration complementing content -- Miambiance – MDC Kendall
Third Place – Kyle Zimmerman for Informational graphics -- Miambiance – MDC Kendall
Certificates of Merit were awarded to Dexter Jones for overall design (Axis – MDC North Campus) and John Muniz for table of contents and typography (Café Cultura – MDC Hialeah Campus); 12 in various categories were awarded to Miambiance contributors.

*For a complete list of MDC winners in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s 2010 Gold Circle Awards for Magazines, visit http://cspa.columbia.edu/

For more information about MDC’s student literary magazines, contact one of the following faculty advisors:
Axis (North Campus): Lisa Shaw, 305-237-1766 or Elena Perez-Mirabal at 305-237-1866.
Café Cultura (Hialeah Campus): Victor Calderin, 305-237-8839.
Metromorphosis (Wolfson Campus): Michael Hettich, 305-237-3187.
Miambiance (Kendall Campus): Marta Magellan, 305-237-2931.
Urbana (InterAmerican Campus): Emily Sendin, 305-237-6172.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, MDC media relations director
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359, tcarroll@mdc.edu, media specialist
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist




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