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  The Talon grips a few awards in Joplin    
  Kansas City, MO    
May 2, 2008

The Talon Media Network (TMN), Avila University’s student run media, was honored with multiple recognitions at the recent 2008 Missouri College Media Association (MCMA) convention held in Joplin, Mo. The Talon Media Network was awarded the highest number of awards it has received in the recent history of its participation in this prestigious state-wide competition.  Competing in Division 3, The TMN won 7 awards in individual categories and for the first time received awards in writing, design, illustration and advertising in the same year.  Chadd Rivera was honored by winning both the first and second place in the entertainment cartoon category.  

“We were especially delighted by the number and breadth of the awards because it recognizes the depth of our staff’s diverse talents,” said Kayle Walker, editor in chief for The Talon News Magazine. “We have strong writers, editors, photographers and designers. We also are very proud of Erin Miller and Leonard Casey, whose win in advertising design has bolstered the Talon Advertising Group’s emergence in its inaugural year.  Chadd Rivera, Director of the Talon Advertising Group said, “This is a well-deserved honor for TAG and it represents a signal of what can be accomplished in the future.”

A complete listing of The Talon Media Network’s MCMA recognitions include:

First Place Awards
Chadd Rivera, Entertainment Cartoons - Cafeteria Food
Erin Miller, Student Recycling Campaign
Leonard Casey, Student Recycling Campaign

Second Place Awards
Chadd Rivera, Entertainment Cartoons – Dot, Dot

Third Place Awards
Emily Hoskins, Editorial Writing
John Dunn – Cover Design/Page One

Honorable Mention Awards
Alison Fieber, Cover Design/Page One