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Villa Maria Student Magazine Wins National Award

By April 21, 2016Press Release

Buffalo, NY – Villa Maria College is pleased to announce that SKALD ’15, the school’s annual literary and arts magazine, has been awarded a Gold Crown Award by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA), an international student press association founded in 1925. Crown Awards are the highest recognition given by the CSPA to a student print or digital medium for overall excellence. Entries are judged on their excellence as shown by design, photography, concept, coverage and writing.

Developed in 1977, SKALD is produced by Villa students, faculty and staff members and features work from nearly every academic discipline at Villa, including graphic design, creative writing, fine arts, animation and photography. SKALD, which is derived from ancient Scandinavia, means “a composer and reciter of poems honoring heroes and their deeds.”

According to the CSPA judges, “SKALD ‘15 is a literary art achievement. Purposeful prose is matched by clean, intentional design. Typographic choices make spreads appear effortless, which is a true achievement given the enormous effort that clearly goes into producing this visual feast of consistently strong spreads. The variety of work included in this professionally produced publication expertly showcases the school and the students.”

Joyce Kessel, Associate Professor and chair of the Liberal Arts & Professional Studies Department at Villa Maria, has advised the magazine’s publication since 1978, and praised the effort put forth by students

“It’s a collaborative effort that results in a vibrant, unique and diverse publication each year,” says Kessel. “I am very proud of the commitment our students make in creating this magazine that showcases the talents of many of our students here at Villa.”

Other faculty members involved in the production of SKALD include Graphic Design Professors Bob Grizanti and Julie Zack. Villa seniors Grace Gruarin and Lucy Norton oversaw concept, design and production of SKALD ’15.

SKALD last received the Gold Crown from CSPA in 2006. It was awarded the Silver Crown consecutively from 2010 to 2014.

SKALD ‘15 also received a Gold Student ADDY Award at the ADDY District Competition and has been submitted to the national competition, sponsored by the American Advertising Federation.