Gannon University’s Totem Wins First Place Honors
Posted: December 22, 2017
Gannon University's student-produced literary art magazine
Totem has won first place in the American Scholastic
Press Association's national competition for the 22nd consecutive
The competition judges publications on the basis of content,
organization, design, presentation and creativity.
Ryan Hamilton, a sophomore economics and finance major and
current Totem staff member, praised editor Leigh Tischler, who has
since graduated, for working with all involved to create "a
top-tier publication for Gannon to enjoy."
"With spectacular submissions of prose, poetry and art I
was so thrilled to see the composition come from a mere compilation
of works to a whole collection folded and bound in the annual work
we pride ourselves on, Totem," said Hamilton, whose artwork was
chosen for the cover of the 2017 edition. "I am excited to see what
is submitted and then presented in future years to come."
The magazine annually showcases poetry, short stories, creative
nonfiction, plays, artwork, and photography submitted by the
students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Gannon University and
highlights a diverse range of creative talents and perspectives.
Published in early spring each year and distributed free of charge
throughout the Gannon campus, it is a creative outlet that allows
students studying any discipline to express themselves
artistically, apply what they're learning in and out of the
classroom through the lens of art, and see their work in print. It
also allows students on staff to learn and participate in the
process of producing a publication from concept to print.
Professor of English Berwyn Moore serves as advisor.
"It's been an honor to serve Gannon as Totem advisor, and it's
been exciting and gratifying over the years to see the many
manifestations of students' imagination through their impressive
literary and artistic works," Moore said. "In addition, every year
the new editor and staff put their unique mark on the design of the
book and the shape of its content, making each issue as fresh and
interesting as the year before."
Junior English major Julia Fulton, who served as assistant
editor and marketing editor, led publicity efforts and calls for
submissions to the 2017 edition and was instrumental to Totem's
success, Moore said. Fulton is serving as editor this