August 10, 2022

MDC Literary Magazine Students Shine at FCSPA Annual Conference and Awards Ceremony

Several MDC students have been recognized and advisors have been inducted into the FCSAA Hall of Fame.

Miami, April 27, 2022 – More than a dozen Miami Dade College (MDC) students representing literary journals on multiple campuses were recently recognized at the 62n/a Florida College System Annual Publications Association (FCSPA) conference and awards ceremony. Moreover, the teachers Emilie Andrea SendinAdvisor Urban magazines, and Victor CalderinAdvisor Coffee Culture magazine, have been inducted into the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) Hall of Fame.

The FCSAA Hall of Fame is made up of directors, coaches, advisors, officials, students and other candidates who have contributed at least ten years to the FCSAA or any of its member institutions. They were selected by their peers based on the contributions and achievements of their community and state colleges, as well as significant accomplishments.

Professor Sendin was the adviser to Urban for 13 years, in addition to being a member of the Florida College System Publications Association since submitting the magazine’s first volume to the competition in 2008. Urban has received national awards over the past few years, including Pacemaker Finalist, Pinnacle Overall Excellence, and Community Colleges Humanities Association Individual and Overall Excellence Awards.

Professor Calderin served as co-advisor to MDC faculty Coffee Culture student magazine in literary and visual arts for 15 years. He co-founded Coffee Culture at the Hialeah campus in 2007. Since then, the magazine has won myriad FCSPA awards and two prestigious Columbia Scholastic Press Association Crown Awards. Over the past three years, Coffee Culture has won 33 awards at the national and state levels. Professor Calderin also helps organize the Miami Book Fair’s student magazine table and open-mic poetry readings in his community.

In addition to these inductions into the FCSAA Hall of Fame, this year, Coffee Culture and Urban received 2n/a and 3rd Place respectively in the General Excellence category FCSAA Publications Awards.

Below is the full list of winners:

Juana Moya, 1st Location, Non-fiction – Campus MDC Wolfson’ Metromorphosis

Michael Rojas, 3rd Place, Fiction – Campus MDC Wolfson’ Metromorphosis

Lourdes González2n/a Place, poem – MDC Hialeah Campus’ Coffee Culture

Sandra Figueroa, 1st Location, Artwork (Individual) – MDC Hialeah Campus’ Coffee Culture

Adriana Alonso1st Place, Artworks and 2n/a Place in artwork (individual) – Campus MDC Padrón’ Urban

Kaitlin Isern1st place, two page design and 2n/a Place in Design – MDC Hialeah Campus’ Coffee Culture

Nico Morales1st Location, Assembly – MDC Hialeah Campus’ Coffee Culture

Camila Ramirez, Jorge Ramos and Wolfang Rugeles, 2n/a place, coverCampus MDC Padrón’ Urban

Wolfang Rugeles, Maria Mejicano and Laura Santos1st place, content page – Campus MDC Padrón’ Urban

Jorge Ramos, 2n/a Location, staff page – Campus MDC Padrón’ Urban

Division B magazine:

Sofia Ramirez, Cristen Lameira and Veronica Silva2n/a Place, Poetry – MDC Kendall Campus Miambience

Tyler Brown1st Place, Fiction – MDC North Campus’ AXIS

Mathieu Mayer, 3rd prize, fictionMDC Kendall Campus Miambience

Diego Franco, 1st Venue, two-page spread design – MDC Kendall Campus Miambience

Joan Delgado, 1st Location, Photo – MDC Kendall Campus Miambience

Tristan Cuenca, 2n/a Location, Design – MDC North Campus’ AXIS

Diego Franco, Izheilin Trinidad and María González3rd place, Design –MDC Kendall Campus Miambience

AXIS assembly staff1st Location, Assembly — MDC North Campus’ AXIS

Miambience Vol. 31 Staff2n/a Location, Assembly – MDC Kendall Campus Miambience

Tristan Cuenca, Izamara Zamora and Diana González1st Place, Cover – MDC North Campus’ AXIS

Giuliana Montanez3rd Place, Cover – MDC Kendall Campus Miambience

Diego Franco2n/a Location, staff pages – MDC Kendall Campus Miambience a tie with Florida State College in Jacksonville The experience

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