UTD Student Newspaper Receives Record 32 Awards at
Intercollegiate Press Association Convention

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (April 14, 2006) – The UTD Mercury, the student-run newspaper of The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), received a record 32 awards for journalistic excellence in San Antonio over the weekend at the 98th annual conference of the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA), the oldest and largest press association of its kind in the United States.

The UTD Mercury captured honors in 24 of the 28 contest categories, including its first-ever Sweepstakes award as the top points-earning newspaper in its 10-school division.  Following are the awards announced during the three-day conference:

Seven members of the newspaper staff attended the conference, which included presentations by professional journalists, as well as news conferences with Texas independent gubernatorial candidates Kinky Friedman and Carole Keeton Strayhorn.

Attendees also competed in live journalism competitions against collegiate journalists from across the state.  Three Mercury staffers took the following awards in these on-site competitions:

“We are proud of all of our staffers for their hard work and dedication in publishing an award-winning student newspaper for the UTD community,” said Jay Miller, UTD student media advisor, who also is serving a two-year term as secretary of TIPA.

The UTD Mercury, which celebrated its 25th year in 2005, is published on Mondays at two-week intervals during the school year, except holidays and exam periods, and once every three weeks during the summer.  The newspaper is available online at www.utdmercury.com.

Established in 1909, TIPA works to open channels of communication and cooperation among student media programs at two and four-year colleges and universities in Texas.  Some of those media include student newspapers, newsletters, yearbooks, magazines and radio and television stations.

About UTD
The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor, enrolls nearly 14,500 students.  The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores.  The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs.  For additional information about UTD, please visit the university’s web site at www.utdallas.edu.