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University of Cincinnati professor named outstanding campus adviser


For Immediate Release

Lauren Rochester, SPJ Awards Coordinator, (317) 927-8000 ext. 210, lrochester@spj.org
Christine DiGangi, SPJ Communications Coordinator, (317) 927-8000 ext. 205, cdigangi@spj.org

INDIANAPOLIS — The Society of Professional Journalists has named Jenny Wohlfarth the David L. Eshelman Outstanding Campus Adviser Award recipient. Wohlfarth teaches at the University of Cincinnati, where she advises the student SPJ chapter.

The Outstanding Campus Chapter Adviser Award, initiated in 1978, is presented annually to a person who has made an exceptional contribution to the campus chapter for which he or she serves as SPJ adviser. In 1993, the SPJ board voted to change the award name to the David Eshelman Outstanding Campus Adviser Award in order to honor Eshelman, a longtime member of the Society and Board “Parliamentarian,” who was killed in 1993. A previous list of honorees may be seen here.

In nomination letters, students credited Wohlfarth with strengthening the chapter and stepping beyond her role as an adviser to serve as a mentor for the students with whom she works.

“What makes Wohlfarth a beloved member of the UC faculty and SPJ is the unmatched faith that she places in the potential of every student,” wrote Sara Maratta, former president of the UC-SPJ chapter. “She is an embodiment of positive energy and is always the first person to share in our triumphs and cheers us up in our setbacks.”

Wohlfarth will be honored at the Excellence in Journalism 2012 conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., from Sept. 20 to 22.

Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. For more information on SPJ, please visit www.spj.org.


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