MDC Literary Magazine Students Shine at Annual FCSPA Conference and Awards Ceremony

Several MDC students were recognized and advisors inducted in FCSAA Hall of Fame.

 Miami, April 27, 2022 – More than a dozen Miami Dade College (MDC) students representing literary magazines on several campuses were recently recognized at the 62nd Annual Florida College System Publications Association (FCSPA) conference and awards ceremony. In addition, professors Emily Andrea Sendin, advisor to Urbana magazine, and Victor Calderín, advisor to Café Cultura magazine, were inducted into the Florida College System Activities Association’s (FCSAA) Hall of Fame.

The FCSAA Hall of Fame is comprised of Administrators, Coaches, Advisors, Officials, Students, and other nominees that have contributed a minimum of ten years to FCSAA or one of its member institutions.  They have been selected by their peers on the merits of their community and state college contributions and achievements as well as significant accomplishments.

Professor Sendin has been the advisor of Urbana for 13 years, as well as serving as a member of the Florida College System Publications Association since she submitted the first volume of the magazine for competition in 2008. Urbana has received national awards in recent years, including Pacemaker finalist, Pinnacle general excellence, and Community Colleges Humanities Association individual and general excellence awards.

Professor Calderín has been the faculty co-advisor to MDC’s Café Cultura literary and visual arts student magazine for 15 years. He co-founded Café Cultura at the Hialeah Campus in 2007. Since then, the magazine has won a myriad of awards from the FCSPA and two prestigious Crown awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. In the past three years, Café Cultura won 33 awards at both national and state levels. Prof. Calderin also helps to organize the Miami Book Fair student magazine table and open mic poetry readings across his community.

In addition to these inductions into the FCSAA Hall of Fame, this year, Café Cultura and Urbana were awarded 2nd and 3rd Place respectively in the General Excellence Category of the FCSAA Publications Contest Awards.

Below is a complete list of winners:

Juana Moya, 1st Place, Non-fiction – MDC Wolfson Campus’ Metromorphosis

Michael Rojas, 3rd Place, Fiction – MDC Wolfson Campus’ Metromorphosis

Lourdes Gonzalez, 2nd Place, Poem – MDC Hialeah Campus’ Café Cultura

Sandra Figueroa, 1st Place, Art Work (Individual) – MDC Hialeah Campus’ Café Cultura

Adriana Alonso, 1st Place, Art Works and 2nd Place in Art Work (Individual) – MDC Padrón Campus’ Urbana

Kaitlin Isern, 1st Place, Two-Page Spread Design and 2nd Place in Design – MDC Hialeah Campus’ Café Cultura

Nico Morales, 1st Place, Editing – MDC Hialeah Campus’ Café Cultura 

Camila Ramirez, Jorge Ramos and Wolfang Rugeles, 2nd Place, CoverMDC Padrón Campus’ Urbana

Wolfang Rugeles, Maria Mejicano and Laura Santos, 1st Place, Contents Page – MDC Padrón Campus’ Urbana

Jorge Ramos, 2nd Place, Staff Page – MDC Padrón Campus’ Urbana

Magazine Division B:

Sofia Ramirez, Cristen Lameira, and Veronica Silva, 2nd Place, Poetry – MDC Kendall Campus’ Miambiance

Tyler Brown, 1st Place, Fiction – MDC North Campus’ AXIS

Matthew Mayer, 3rd Place, FictionMDC Kendall Campus’ Miambiance

Diego Franco, 1st Place, Two-page Spread Design – MDC Kendall Campus’ Miambiance

Joan Delgado, 1st Place, Photo –   MDC Kendall Campus’ Miambiance

Tristan Cuenca, 2nd Place, Design – MDC North Campus’ AXIS

Diego Franco, Izheilin Trinidad, and María González, 3rd Place, Design –MDC Kendall Campus’ Miambiance

AXIS Editing Staff, 1st Place, Editing — MDC North Campus’ AXIS

Miambiance Vol. 31 Staff, 2nd Place, Editing – MDC Kendall Campus’ Miambiance

Tristan Cuenca, Izamara Zamora, and Diana Gonzalez, 1st Place, Cover – MDC North Campus’ AXIS

Giuliana Montanez, 3rd Place, Cover –   MDC Kendall Campus’ Miambiance

Diego Franco, 2nd Place, Staff Pages – MDC Kendall Campus’ Miambiance a tie with Florida State College at Jacksonville’s The Experience

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