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Mesquite honors helpful employees, student leaders

Career advisor Bennett Grey receives the Pom Pom award from Communications-journalism junior Jacob Beltran during the second annual Source Awards ceremony Dec. 6 in Room 169 of Brooks City-Base Campus. The Pom Pom award honors a source who has been a big supporter of The Mesquite. Photo by Ava Bustos

The Mesquite hosted its biannual Source Award party Dec. 6 in the newsroom at Brooks City-Base Campus to honor sources with awards, coffee and food. The awards humorously recognized sources who’ve helped Mesquite reporters throughout the semester despite their own busy schedule.

Fall 2012 winners

The Mesquite honored SGA President Melissa Quintanilla with the Most Connected Award for keeping up with all of The Mesquite mediums: Facebook, Twitter and the online publication. The nominees were Armando Prado of Men of Vision and Richard Delgado, director of military community relations.

The Spotter Award, a department award, was awarded to the office of student  life and wellness, for always being there to spot a reporter with information. The School of Business was also nominated.

Bennet Grey, career advisor and outreach coordinator, won the Pom Pom Award for being The Mesquite’s biggest supporter and cheering them on. The nominees were Hoyt Garner, Campus Activities Board vice president; Damon Shodrock, director of safety, risk and emergency management; and William Bush, School of Arts and Sciences chair and history professor.

The Mesquite’s Most Wanted Award was awarded to Jolene Des Roches, director of student life and wellness and SGA adviser, for being a source who gladly received multiple phone calls from student reporters.

Men of Vision was awarded the Jamboree Award for being a club that has stuck by their fellow student newspaper and relayed club information to reporters. Nominees also included SGA and CAB.

Fatherly Advice Award was created this semester specifically to honor communication-journalism Professor Brian Brantley who was always available to give ethical advice to Mesquite reporters.

The Jaguar Cub Award, presented to English Professor Ann Bliss, honors a source who takes a reporter under their wing and helps them cover their beat. Nominees were Kenneth Mitts, chief financial officer; Adam Goldstein of the Student Press Law Center; Tom Gregor from Freedom of Information Foundation; and Charles Rodriguez, chief of staff and vice president for strategic planning and military affairs.

The Administrator Award honored Marshall Lasswell, director of facilities and physical plant, for being an administrator who takes time for reporters. Nominees were Rick Trefzer, assistant vice president for finance and administration; Marilu Reyna, associate vice president for university communications; School Of Business Head Tracy Hurley; and Shodrock.

The Ringer Award, which honors a source who calls the newsroom, was created in spring 2012, not to honor someone, but to encourage employees and students to call the newsroom with news tips, praises or concerns. This semester’s award was presented to Shodrock.

The Mesquite encourages employees and students to call the newsroom at 210-784-1050.

The following videos were made by Mesquite reporters Jacob Beltran and Melody Mendoza, with help from Laura de Leon, Shawna Mout and Tawseef Ali. They are a humorous glimpse of reality.

About the Author

Melody Mendoza
Melody Mendoza
Melody Mendoza is the Comunidad Editor for The Mesquite. Previously, she reported on the development of the year-old Main Campus Building and Brooks City-Base Campus, and has followed Texas A&M-San Antonio's growth through its plans for two new buildings. Melody is a communication-journalism major, serves on the Student Media Board and is a freelance reporter and part-time editorial assistant for the San Antonio Express-News. She is a 2008 East Central High School graduate, an award-winning reporter for The Ranger (San Antonio College's student newspaper), and a youth leader at her church.

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