Three Angelo State University students have been selected as the winners of the 2007 University Symposium Contest in conjunction with the annual E. James Holland University Symposium on American Values.
Senior art major Brandon Whitford of San Angelo took the top prize in the contest with his graphic design entry “The Struggle.” Second place is shared by freshman journalism major Timothy Lester of San Angelo for his photograph “What About the Children?” and sophomore English/mathematics major Yolanda Fay Elias of Seminole for her essay “Ask Me: I’m Mexican.”
Students were challenged to submit entries on this year’s symposium theme “Immigration in America: Building Policy through History.” Entries could be in writing, photography, graphic design or other formats that illustrated the theme.
Whitford received a $500 award while Lester and Elias each received a $250 award from Provost and Academic Affairs Vice President Don Coers.
Entries were judged based on creativity, originality, depth of thought, technical competency and relation to the symposium theme. Faculty judges by department were Dr. Gabriela Serrano, English; Dr. Robert Prestiano, art and music; and David O’Dell, modern languages.
The symposium is an ASU institution held every fall and named in honor of former liberal and fine arts dean E. James Holland, who established the yearly event. The broad theme of the symposium is American values. Each year’s event featuring nationally renowned speakers lecturing on topics associated with values.