CMU students receive top business and journalism honors

A total of 26 Colorado Mesa University Students have qualified to compete at a national competition this summer by virtue of their performance at the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) State Leadership Conference.

Meanwhile, the CMU student magazine Horizon captured first place in the Society of Professional Journalist Mark of Excellence Award for best overall student magazine in Region Nine.

Members of the FBLA-PBL chapter at CMU won a total of 54 awards at the state conference, conducted on the CMU campus in Grand Junction. Students competed in events involving accounting, business ethics, business decision making, client service, finance, job interviewing, marketing and public speaking.

Ashley Wiseman, president of the chapter, received the Who’s Who in PBL Award for Colorado, which is presented to a member who’s made outstanding contributions at the local, state and national levels.

The CMU students who placed at the state conference and will compete in the national conference in San Antonio this summer are: Moses Agbenyo, Mariella Arrascue, Thomas Beccue, Aleya Bell-Jones, Connie Jo Brown, Carolyn Dowd, Michael Eldridge, Christina Fabula, Jaime Feliciano, Heather Flaherty, Randy Fred, Brittney Garcia, Jeremy Garcia, Jennifer Hunt, Megan Lane, Teresa Madrid, Bonnie Masters, Mathias Mata, Lizeth Reyes, Molly Roth, Kurt Ruffley, Edwin Sanabria, Richard Seward, Crystal Wert, Donald Wilson and Ashley Wiseman.

The award for Horizon magazine award was announced at the 2012 SPJ regional conference in Denver. Horizon is now eligible to compete among the top 12 students magazines nationally. Horizon has won the SPJ award for two consecutive years.

“Over the past two years, the best part about working for the magazine has been watching it grow,” said Katie Schultz, editor in chief at Horizon. “Everyone on staff has pushed themselves creatively to put their best work forward, which has really made the magazine a success.”

 The staff of the magazine won the award based on its work on the 2011 winter edition dubbed “Level U.” This edition featured stories about the ever-changing web that connects students on campus. The magazine included profiles on people, organizations, changes in technology and emerging interest related to the campus and the students who attend the university.

Second- and third-place awards for Region Nine went to Today at Colorado State University-Pueblo and College Avenue Magazine at CSU in Fort Collins. Region Nine contestants include colleges and universities from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.