Named for Edward E. McDonald, The McDonald Award for Outstanding National Chapter recognizes a chapter that upholds the highest ideals of college student journalism.
“I can always count on the Tennessee Tech chapter to induct great new members,” said SCJ executive director Mary Beth Earnheardt. “The advisers are active, and the chapter is thriving. This is their second McDonald Award, the first was in 2000, and they really deserve it.”
Will Housley, a senior communications major from Clinton, Tenn., accepted the award on behalf of the TTU chapter. He is managing editor of The Oracle, TTU’s student newspaper.
Faculty advisers for SCJ at Tennessee Tech are Brenda Wilson and Russ Witcher, assistant professors of journalism.
Former SCJ executive director Arthur H. Barlow nominated the TTU chapter for the award.
“Tennessee Tech is a small and steady chapter. They regularly use the certificates and medals of merit to recognize good work on the Tennessee Tech campus. We’re really proud to have them,” said Barlow.