AWSM@Michigan has won the second annual “Student Chapter of the Year” award, as determined by an Association for Women in Sports Media Board committee.
The chapter had an impressive debut school year in 2013-14, quickly organizing a group of 34 active AWSM members to participate in career-related events, network with professionals, raise funds and promote the chapter on campus and through social media. Highlights of their year include a Skype session with ESPN.com college basketball reporter Dana O’Neil, workshops on topics such as building a resume, interviewing and using social media and the opportunity to contribute Sochi Olympics content to Beau Dure’s SportsMyriad blog.
“As a chapter built from the ground up over the past eight months by our dedicated and talented members, we are honored to be receiving the Student Chapter of the Year award!” chapter president Amanda Turner said. “This was an incredible year for our chapter. After the hours of hard work we have put in to ensure that we are fulfilling the mission of AWSM, we are excited to have achieved this milestone.
“AWSM is a much-needed outlet for women on our campus who are interested in building careers in sports media, due to the lack of a journalism program at U of M. We want to extend a big ‘Thank you!’ to the national Association for all of its support and this incredible opportunity!”
AWSM@Michigan will be honored at this May’s national convention in Orlando. Its prize also includes an award to display on campus, along with complimentary student memberships for 2014-15.
AWSM’s rapidly growing student chapter program currently has groups at Arizona State, Boston University, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Penn State and UCLA. Oklahoma State won the inaugural Student Chapter of the Year Award in 2013.
“I’m thrilled with how the student chapter program has progressed in just a few short years,” AWSM student chapter coordinator Gina Mizell said. “We had four outstanding candidates for the Student Chapter of the Year Award this year.
“I hope the work Michigan has done inspires new chapters to form and our existing chapters to keep striving to be premier student organizations on campus. Michigan has shown the impact that can be made in less than one year and the valuable learning experiences these chapters can provide aspiring sports journalists.”