AWSM@Missouri has won the third annual Student Chapter of the Year award, as determined by an Association for Women in Sports Media board committee.
The chapter, one of AWSM’s first, has impressively grown to a group of 58 active AWSM members who participate in career-related activities with industry professionals, form friendships with fellow members through social events, and promote the chapter on campus.
Highlights of their year include meetings with Sporting News College Basketball Editor Kami Mattioli and Fox Sports reporter Kris Budden, Skype sessions with USA Today college basketball reporter Nicole Auerbach and sports agent Kelli Masters, and an SEC football watch party at Buffalo Wild Wings.
“We, as a group, could not be more grateful for this honor,” chapter president Jasmine Dell said. “The chapter members at University of Missouri are so diverse and one of the most talented groups of people I’ve ever met. This group encompasses a wide range of skills, expertise, and personal interest. These group characteristics are what I love most about our chapter.
“My main goal as chapter president is to ensure members recognize we have a supportive culture and greet them with open arms. We communicate to each other our accomplishments and challenges, and help each other achieve our personal goals … I’m confident Missouri’s chapter will continue to successfully grow and be a home for students to thrive at the Missouri School of Journalism for years to come.”
Missouri prevailed in AWSM’s deepest Student Chapter of the Year field yet, with seven schools applying for the award. Quinnipiac, a new chapter in 2014-15, finished second, while Oklahoma State, an original chapter and winner of the 2013 award, finished third.
“We are so pleased to present AWSM@Missouri with this honor,” AWSM VP/Student Development Gina Mizell said. “This year was, by far, the most impressive batch of candidates we’ve received, and Missouri still swept our panel of judges. Its combination of high membership, quality programming, and overall growth since starting a chapter during the 2012-13 school year made it our top pick.
“I hope our chapters continue to inspire each other, and that new chapters will be motivated to form because of the tremendous work being done across the country. Student chapters can provide valuable learning and networking opportunities, as well as an outlet for members to meet fellow students with common interests and ambitions. I’m so happy with how this branch of AWSM has continued to grow.”
AWSM@Missouri will be honored at this May’s national convention in Denver. Its prize also includes an award to display on campus, along with several complimentary student memberships.
AWSM’s rapidly growing student chapter program has groups at Arizona State, Boston University, Georgia, James Madison, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Penn State, and Quinnipiac. Following Oklahoma State’s inaugural Student Chapter of the Year award in 2013, Michigan took the honor in 2014.
To inquire about applying for student chapter membership for the Fall 2015 semester, contact Mizell at firstname.lastname@example.org or student chapter coordinator Kelli Grashel at email@example.com.