May 12, 2014

Of Interest: May 12, 2014

Cardinal Points earns Press Association awards

PLATTSBURGH — For a third time, SUNY Plattsburgh’s student-run newspaper, Cardinal Points, has earned several awards from the New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

Along with three individual awards, the newspaper took second for general excellence in the College Division. The competition included 158 newspapers statewide.

“Being named the second-best college newspaper in general excellence in New York is no small feat, especially considering how many colleges there are,” said Shawn Murphy, department chair of public relations and journalism and Cardinal Points adviser.

Pennsylvania News Media Association members who served as judges, credited Cardinal Points with an “interesting use of graphics and powerful photography,” noting that the paper is a “wonderful asset to the students and their community.”

In addition, Lara Dufresne, from Stillwater, Minn., took third place in column writing; Zachary Ripple, from Selden took third for sports coverage; and both Stanley Blow III, of Swanton, Vt., and Ian Tully, Mastic Beach, took third for editorial writing. Judges were impressed with the journalists’ use of research, reporting and storytelling.


Host families sought for Youth Ambassadors visitors

PLATTSBURGH — The Center for the Study of Canada is reaching out to members of the SUNY Plattsburgh campus and surrounding community to host Canadian students ages 15 through 18 and adult visitors who will be coming to Plattsburgh in July as part of the U.S. Department of State Youth Ambassadors Program.

The event takes place July 23 through Aug. 4. Homes are needed for about 18 students and three adult educators. Host families can choose to house one or two participants and can express a preference for gender.

For more information, contact Theresa Bennett, home stay coordinator, at 564-2160 or at


Westport meeting set on joint fire, town facility

WESTPORT — There will be a special joint Westport Town Council and Westport Fire District meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, for the purpose of discussing the proposed joint facility.

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