The Observer took third place in the Division I “Newspaper of the Year” category, and former Managing Editor Sarah Mervosh won the Brook Baker Collegiate Journalist of the Year Award at the Indiana College Press Association (ICPA) awards ceremony, held Saturday at Ball State University in Muncie. The Observer staff won an additional 15 awards, including third place for “Advertising Publication of the Year.” Other University publications represented at ICPA were Scholastic, which tied with Ball State’s Ball Bearings for second place in “News Magazine of the Year,” Dome, which won second place in the Division I “Yearbook of the Year” category and The Juggler, which took third place in “Literary Magazine of the Year.” Mervosh is the third Notre Dame student to win the Brook Baker Award, which was first awarded in 1999 in honor of the late Vincennes University student. The Editorial Board of The Observer took first place in the “Best Staff Editorial” category for its Nov. 10 piece, “Professionalism and integrity above all.” Former Assistant Managing Editor Adriana Pratt won first place in “Best Entertainment Column” for her coverage of the New York premiere of the final Harry Potter film, titled “The Magic of a Potter Premiere.” Scene Editor Kevin Noonan took third place in the same category for his column titled “A ‘Dear John’ Letter for Netflix.” Former Scene Editor Maija Gustin won first place for “Best Entertainment Story” for her coverage of an on-campus presentation of a documentary on the Nuremberg Trials, titled “Schulberg presents ‘Nuremberg’ years after its creation.” In the same category, senior staff writer Mary Claire O’Donnell took second place for her article about a Notre Dame engineering alumnus who is also a published author, titled “ND grad explores storms and struggle in fiction work.” Former Editor-in-Chief Douglas Farmer and Graphics Editor Brandon Keelean won first place for “Best Rate Card” for the design of The Observer’s advertising rate card. Farmer and Keelean also took second place in the “Best House Ad” category for their ad titled “The Observer Remembers.” Mervosh won second place in the “Best Breaking News Story” for her coverage of graduate student Xavier Murphy’s October death, “Community remembers fifth-year student.” She also took third place for “Best News Feature” for her piece on the 10-year anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, titled “Malloy, graduates remember ‘somber’ 2001 environment.” The Observer staff won third place for “Best Stand-Alone/Pullout Section” for its special section on the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, titled “9/11: Ten Years Later.” Keelean, Mervosh, former Photo Editor Pat Coveney and Managing Editor Megan Doyle also took third place in the “Best Informational Graphic” category for their accompanying 9/11 timeline. Multimedia Editor Sarah O’Connor won second place for “Best Feature Photo” for her photo from Girl Talk’s concert at the B1 Block Party concert in August. The sports department took third place in the “Best Special Issue” category for its Oct. 21 Irish Insider profiling the football team’s night game against USC, titled “The Wait is Over.” Editor-in-Chief Allan Joseph won third place for “Best Sports Column” for his piece “After all the hype, Irish weren’t even close” after the football team’s 31-17 loss to USC on Oct. 22. The Observer’s award-winning submissions are available on its website, www.ndsmcobserver.com.
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Efficiency, GO-TIME, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – The Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME) announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, as part of its multi-phase space optimization initiative, has realized a net savings of more than $250,000 for the project’s first phase.This first phase included analyzing the changing office space needs in several of the department’s Harrisburg-area office locations, including 651 Boas Street and 333 Market Street.For many years the Treasury Department occupied 12,700 square feet of space in L&I’s Boas Street building, but over time and as Treasury operations shifted from manual to computer-based, less space was needed. Labor & Industry renovated Treasury’s footprint, reducing it to 3,600 square feet.In turn, the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, which rented space in 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, was able to move into the vacated 9,100 square foot Treasury space, saving more than $250,000 annually in rent to the Department of General Services, which owns both the Market Street and Boas Street buildings.“Part of our charge – every day – is looking for efficiencies in our workplace,” said Labor & Industry Secretary Kathy Manderino. “With more than 5,000 employees in 191 offices around the state, space utilization and optimization are simply common sense initiatives to save money and create a positive, productive work environment for our staff. This GO-TIME project is a perfect example of an ongoing effort to keep efficiency and innovation top-of-mind at all times.”Subsequent phases of L&I’s space optimization GO-TIME initiative involve consolidating space in two additional Harrisburg office buildings and one storage facility in Scranton.The Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME) is working to modernize government operations in order to reduce costs and improve services. GO-TIME works with agencies to identify opportunities to share resources, collaborate and engage employees in transformation.To learn more about GO-TIME, visit https://www.governor.pa.gov/go-time/.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf September 07, 2016 GO-TIME: Labor & Industry Space Optimization Project Saving $250,000 Annually