Stacy Sparks, associate professor of journalism and program coordinator for convergent journalism at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, will be inducted into College Media Association’s John A. Boyd Hall of Fame on Oct. 29, 2015 at the Austin Hilton as part of ACP/CMA’s National College Media Convention. Sparks, a long-term adviser, will be inducted during CMA’s Adviser Awards, which will be Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
“Stacy is not only a dedicated adviser and professor to her students, but also a tireless advocate for the college media industry as a whole,” said Rachele Kanigel, CMA president. “She has been a committed volunteer of both CMA and of Kansas Collegiate Media. Her students are lucky to have her, and we are equally lucky to have benefited from her expertise.”
Sparks has advised magazines, student newspapers and yearbooks since 1988 and has taught at Southwestern College since 2006. In addition to serving on the advising team for UpdateSC.org, she is the faculty adviser to The Collegian student newspaper and Moundbuilder yearbook.
She taught at St. Mary of the Plains College from 1988 to 1992 and at Dodge City Community College from 1992 to 2006.
Sparks is an associate professor of journalism and teaches photography, media law and media writing. She is on sabbatical this semester, working on a photography project in Kansas and Oklahoma. She is an award-winning photographer and has completed photo workshops in Colorado, Maine, Montana and New Mexico. She has shown her work in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Alabama.
The John A. Boyd Hall of Fame Award is the most prestigious honor given by CMA, recognizing longtime members whose dedication, commitment and sacrifice have contributed to the betterment and value of student media programs of both their campus and the nation. It also recognizes the contributions of members who have devoted extensive and varied service to CMA on committees, the board of directors and other leadership roles and who have presented insightful, relevant and well-prepared programs and sessions. Those considered for this award must have contributed to college journalism education for 20 years or more while being an active member of CMA.
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