Gannon University’s Student-Produced Totem Receives ASPA Awards

Posted: November 18, 2016

Gannon University's student-produced Totem was given a first place award for the 21st consecutive year by the American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA). Totem was also given first place awards for outstanding cover and outstanding magazine concept.

Totem earned 940 points out of 1000 in the categories of content coverage, organization, design, presentation and creativity.

Totem, produced annually by Gannon students, is a literary arts magazine that compiles literary fiction, nonfiction, drama, poetry, creative nonfiction and all forms of visual art created by Gannon students, faculty, staff and alumni.

The ASPA competition is open to all colleges across the United States. Totem was entered in the category of publications from colleges with an enrollment of more than 2501 students. Totem has been awarded first-place or first-place with special merit every year since 1996.

"I look at each year as a new adventure with a different staff, and I'm always impressed with the ideas that the students bring to the table," said Berwyn Moore, professor of English and adviser to the magazine. "The award is a validation of the hard work but even without the award, Totem is still a wonderful undertaking and so is the opportunity of working with new students every year."