We’ve all had a teacher who has made an impact in our lives. These are the individuals who literally teach us what we know. Who encourage our growth. Who offer their support and care without asking for anything in return.
The impact of such educators can be seen in the three recipients of SND’s highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award for 2017: Darcy Greene, Cheryl Pell and Randy Stano. Greene and Pell have taught together for nearly 30 years at Michigan State University’s College of Communication Arts, and Stano has been at the University of Miami since 1995.
Pell joined the MSU faculty in 1987 to become the first full-time executive director of Michigan Interscholastic Press Association — a position she held until 2012. She retired from MSU in August. For 29 years, she influenced the lives of college and high school students alike. Greene came to Michigan State in 1984 to teach photojournalism and then worked to expand the visual journalism curriculum to include print publication design and online web publishing, as well as print and interactive graphics.
“Receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award has been a great honor and humbling experience,” Pell said on Thursday after receiving the award with Greene. “Being able to work with students for all of my professional life, including teaching high school, has brought me tremendous joy. Being a part of SND has been the icing on the cake.”
Stano served as president of SND in 1992, the same year that Hurricane Andrew devastated communities south of Miami. The Miami Herald won a Pulitzer Prize for that coverage, design-directed by Stano in 1993, along with a Best of Show and six gold medals from SND. Earlier, Stano served as assistant art director at The Kansas City Times when the paper won a Pulitzer for coverage of the Hyatt Hotel disaster in 1982.
“I’m up here because of all of you,” Stano said after being presented with his award on Friday. “All of you in this room continue to teach me, and what I learn from you, I bring to my students.”