Adelphi Wins Big at Press Club of Long Island Awards

Adelphi students and faculty win awards from the Press Club of Long Island.

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Garden City, NY - July 2, 2015 - At the annual Press Club of Long Island (PCLI) Awards Dinner held on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at the Woodbury Country Club, four Adelphi University students were honored with awards and scholarships.                                      

The Delphian’s Editor-in-chief Victoria Chiesa ’15 was honored with the College Journalism Scholarship Award, which recognizes outstanding college student journalists who either attend a Long Island college or live on Long Island.

Other highlights from the awards ceremony include Victoria Chiesa, Jennifer McNally ’16, and Alexa Froccaro ’15 winning the top three awards in the sports reporting category. Chiesa was also awarded first place in the new category of Social Media Blog for her blog, The Tennis Island. Jaclyn Binstock ‘15 won second place in the feature story category. Assistant Professor Mark Grabowski was awarded first place in the editorial/commentary category for his article in USA Today, and Senior Adjunct Professor Liza Burby won third place for education reporting for her article on

Adelphi’s Communications Department Chair and  Professor Paul Thaler applauded The Delphian’s success saying, “The Delphian continues to be an important news medium for Adelphi, at the same time giving students the opportunity to produce their work at the highest level for their community. In that respect, the Press Club awards are not unexpected—they deservedly recognize the talent and hard work of our journalism students and their teachers. All these awards have come as a result of hard work and dedication. Our classes in journalism are rigorous, preparing students for the tough job as reporters and editors.” Professor Thaler congratulated the winners on behalf of the entire communications department, “To state the obvious, we are very proud of all of those who have pursued such a path of excellence in their craft.”

Here are the results:

Journalism Scholarship: Victoria Chiesa

Best College Newspaper, 3rd place

Feature Story: Jaclyn Binstock, “Texting in Class: A Rampant Epidemic at Adelphi,” 2nd place

Sports Reporting: Victoria Chiesa, “Jessica Kitrys Breaks All‐Time Scoring Record,” 1st place

Sports Reporting: Jennifer McNally, “Samantha Breidenbach Makes Winning Return to AUVB,” 2nd place

Sports Reporting: Alexa Froccaro, “Vitale Moves Back to Area to Play Pro Lacrosse,” 3rd place

Editorial/Commentary: Mark Grabowski, USA Today “Take Net Neutrality Back to the Future,” 1st place

Education Reporting: Liza N. Burby,, “Immigrant Children Face Barriers to Enrollment in Long Island Schools,” 3rd place

Social Media Blog: Victoria Chiesa 1st place (

For details about Adelphi’s student newspaper The Delphian, visit here. For more information about Adelphi University’s Department of Communications, visit here.

About Adelphi University
New York’s Adelphi University is a nationally ranked, doctoral research university where students succeed by gaining the skills, knowledge and exposure to thrive as professionals and active citizens in an interconnected and fast-paced global society. Today, nearly 8,000 students from 39 states and 46 countries pursue degrees in person and online through Adelphi’s eight distinguished schools and programs—the College of Arts and Sciences, the Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, the Honors College, the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business, the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, University College, the College of Nursing and Public Health and the School of Social Work. Chartered in 1896, Adelphi is known for offering a personalized education—one is which students are mentored by talented and committed faculty members and readily find opportunities to initiate, innovate, explore and understand. With dynamic learning hubs on Long Island, in Manhattan and in the Hudson Valley, Adelphi serves communities, both regionally and globally, through the research and practice of its faculty, the collaborative initiatives undertaken by its centers and programs, the staging of distinguished cultural events and, most essentially, the education of future leaders and informed citizens.