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November 2007

Release Date: November 28, 2007

ASU Holland Symposium Contest Winners Announced

Three Angelo State University students have been selected as the winners of the 2007 University Symposium Contest held in conjunction with the annual E. James Holland University Symposium on American Values.

The theme of this year’s symposium was “Immigration in America: Building Policy through History.” Students were challenged to submit entries for the contest in writing, photography, graphic design or other formats that illustrated the symposium theme.

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.”

Whitford will receive a $500 award, with Lester and Elias each receiving $250, at a special ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in the ASU Administration Building.

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, with each year’s event featuring nationally renowned speakers lecturing on topics associated with values.

For more information, call Dr. Chris Ellery in the ASU English Department at 942-2273, Ext. 228.