Olivia Wicik Editor-in-Chief
We heard from many of you, by letters and other feedback, during the fall semester after the Pioneer published the article titled “Commencement Move Draws Mixed Reaction,” by News Editor, Dorianna Valerio. The board of editors is proud to announce that the article has been selected by the Society of Professional Journalists to receive two Region 1 Mark of Excellence Awards. The piece has received awards in both the Breaking News Reporting category and the General News Reporting category. Valerio will accept the awards on behalf of the Pioneer at the Society of Professional Journalists’ Region 1 Spring Conference on April 13. In a congratulatory email sent to the Pioneer following the announcement of the award, Noel Zahler, Dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts, wrote, “You have distinguished yourselves, our journalism program, this campus and the University.” The Pioneer couldn’t be more thankful and appreciative of all the support we have received this year. Thank you, our readers, for giving us the encouragement to continue to report important news stories to the campus community.