Andrew Bevevino, ’16, and Lian Bunny, ’17, winners of St. Bonaventure University’s most prestigious communications award, were honored Tuesday in New York City at the 57th annual Mark Hellinger Awards.
More than 100 people, including eight past Hellinger winners, attended the awards luncheon, held at Hearst Tower in Manhattan. Speakers included Stephanie Mehta, a deputy editor at Vanity Fair, and Mike Spain, ’74, associate editor at the Albany Times-Union.
For a photo gallery from the event, click here.
“It is such a pleasure and privilege to showcase the talent of our students and recognize they are the future of the Jandoli School, and of communication,” said Dr. Pauline Hoffmann, dean of the Jandoli School of Communication at St. Bonaventure. “Andrew and Lian are truly extraordinary and we look forward to seeing where their careers take them.”
A native of Warren, Pa., Bevevino graduated summa cum laude with an honors degree in strategic communication & digital media. He works in Buffalo at Martin Davison Public Relations, the fastest-growing public relations firm in upstate New York. He executes media relations, strategic communications and social media campaigns for clients like M&T Bank, 7-Eleven and Independent Health.
Bevevino’s internship experiences included a stint at the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum as a digital strategy intern, a position for which he was awarded the American Advertising Federation's Vance & Betty Lee Stickell Scholarship, an honor given to the top 15 American Advertising Federation students in the nation.
He participated in various communications-related activities during his time at St. Bonaventure, including WSBU-The Buzz, the American Advertising Federation and The Intrepid. With the help of numerous Jandoli School faculty, he penned a novel during his senior year for his Honors project.
Bunny graduated summa cum laude with an honors degree in journalism and mass communication, with minors in Spanish, history and psychology. Recently, she was photo editor for the Buffalo Bills and an intern at The Buffalo News. She freelances for The Buffalo News and is preparing to join the staff at the Pittsburgh Business Times as a technology reporter.
A Kenmore native, Bunny joined The Bona Venture student newspaper as a staff writer her freshman year. She took on additional responsibilities during her four years on campus, serving as assistant editor, news editor, associate editor and photo editor.
Bunny was a member of Embrace it Africa, a nonprofit organization started by students to aid a small village in Uganda. She also worked as a writing workshop assistant for the Teaching and Learning Center.
Bunny was also a freelance writer for the Niagara Gazette, a News21 Fellow at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Phoenix, Ariz., a news intern at WBFO-FM in Buffalo, and an intern for the communications office at SBU.
Jackie Roberts, ’16, and Hannah Gordon, ’17, were also recognized as honorable mention Hellinger Award winners for their respective graduation years.
Roberts, a Hamburg native, is a reporter at WJET-TV in Erie. Gordon, a Lackawanna native, is pursuing her master’s degree in integrated marketing communications at St. Bonaventure. She is the editor of the Emerging Revolutionary War book series.
The Mark Hellinger Award, established in 1960 to honor Broadway playwright and Hollywood producer Mark Hellinger, recognizes a graduating student of the Jandoli School of Communication who has demonstrated academic excellence and genuine promise in journalism or strategic communication.
Inspiration for the establishment of the award came from Jim Bishop — author, columnist and protégé-biographer of Hellinger. Bishop’s hopes were to further the cause of American journalism by commemorating Hellinger’s well-known practice of aiding others professionally.
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