December 8, 2008
THIS PHOENIX HAS RISEN
TO THE TOP
The 2008 edition of the Phoenix,
the student art and literary magazine of Clark College,
has been named the best college literary art magazine in the country
by the American Scholastic Press Association
VANCOUVER, Wash. – Phoenix, the student art and literary magazine of Clark College, has been named the best college literary art magazine in the country by the American Scholastic Press Association. This is the first time that Phoenix has received the top award in its category (junior/community colleges with enrollment of more than 2501 students).
Earlier, the 2008 Phoenix had received a first place with special merit award in the annual magazine competition of the American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA). It was the fourth first place with special merit award that Phoenix has earned in the past five years. The 2004 and 2006 and 2007 editions of Phoenix also received first place with special merit honors in the ASPA competition.
In their message to the college, ASPA officials noted that Phoenix scored 975 points out of a possible 1000. ASPA wrote, “Your magazine shows the efforts of talented and creative editors, writers, artists, photographers, layout designers, staff members and advisors. ASPA congratulates all on your first place with special merit award!”
|Members of the 2008 Phoenix staff stand proudly with their work, which was unveiled at Clark College on May 13, 2008. From left: Dr. Rita Carey, literary advisor; Rachael Gregg, assistant graphic editor; Emily Antoine, assistant literary editor and business manager; Mary Kate Carmichael, graphic editor; Martha Lewis, graphic advisor; Erik Cummings, literary editor; Aaron Languell, assistant photography editor; Tara Batram, photography editor; and Molly Dotson, graphic team member. Not pictured: Emily Kilbourn, interactive editor.|
Dr. Rita Carey, Professor of English, is the literary advisor to the Phoenix staff. Dr. Carey said, “These awards testify to the talent of our students. From the student staff to the students whose literature and art was featured in the 2008 issue of Phoenix, Clark students once again demonstrated their commitment to excellence in the fine arts. Both Martha Lewis, who served as the Art Advisor last year, and I are extremely proud of both the student staff and the student artists showcased in the 2008 Phoenix."
Art professor Kathrena Halsinger is the art advisor to the Phoenix staff. She said, “I am so honored to be a part of this program and to have the generous support of so many people across the college.” Halsinger noted that Phoenix “is truly a team effort that begins with our talented students, who are so ably mentored and encouraged by our Art and English faculty and staff, supported and financed by the Associated Students of Clark College, and cheered on by our administration.” Halsinger specifically cited the work done by Martha Lewis, who served as Art Advisor for the 2008 issue of Phoenix, Graphic Editor Mary Kate Carmichael and “all the rest of the wonderful, hard-working student staff.”
Halsinger added, “We are already hard at work on the 2009 edition and hope, once again, that we will be able to produce a publication of which the Clark community can be proud."
Clark College President Robert K. Knight congratulated the Phoenix staff during remarks before the Washington State Board for Community and Technical College on Dec. 4. The editors and advisors will also be acknowledged during the Clark College Board of Trustees meeting on Dec. 15.
Dr. Carey noted that the 2009 edition, which will be issued during Clark College’s 75th anniversary year, will mark the 45th year of Phoenix. The publication was originally called The Egg. Sixteen editions of The Egg were published. This will be the 29th edition of Phoenix.
Phoenix is funded by the Associated Students at Clark College (ASCC) to encourage the creative efforts of Clark College students. Flat art work, photographs of three-dimensional work, poetry, and prose are all considered for publication.
The deadline for literary submissions for the 2009 Phoenix is January 13. The deadline for visual art submissions is February 4. The 2009 publication will be unveiled in early May.
About the American Scholastic Press Association
The American Scholastic Press Association was established in 1980 and annually reviews around 2000 publications from high schools, colleges and universities.