Generous Alumna Wins National Anheuser-Busch Contest for Professional Journalists and Directs $5,000 Grant to Two Mount Holyoke College Students

Monday, June 26, 2000 - 12:00

For Immediate Release
June 26, 2000

South Hadley, Mass.-On June 23 representatives of Mount Holyoke College and Anheuser-Busch gathered on the Mount Holyoke College campus to celebrate alumna Joan Lippert Indig '74 and her gift of a $5,000 grant to Mount Holyoke that has been directed to two students, Elizabeth Baldwin '00 and Faye Lozowski '00.

The award was sponsored by Anheuser-Busch through its 1999 Safe Driving Platform Journalism Contest, a national contest for professional journalists. Lippert (her pen name) was one of two winners, earning the prize for her December 15, 1999 story "As Drunken Driving Deaths Drop, Concerns Remain," which was published on APBnews.com.

For the annual competition, a panel of judges with expertise in traffic safety policy and law enforcement selects the best news stories of the year in print and electronic media that build a solid case for the need to focus on repeat drunk-driving offenders in public-policy efforts. A $5,000 grant is awarded to the college or university of the winner's choice, to be awarded by it to journalism students who plan to specialize in public-policy reporting.

Ms. Lippert, a resident of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, won the electronic news media category for her writing on drunk driving, which built a compelling case for the need to focus more attention on hard-core drunk drivers who are responsible for eight out of ten fatal drunk driving accidents. She selected Mount Holyoke as the recipient of the grant, and the Weissman Center for Leadership, in conjunction with the Dean of Faculty, chose the two students to share the grant.

The grant recognizes Lozowski's and Baldwin's accomplishments in journalism-their commitment, creativity, and strong and thoughtful writing-and their interest in public policy writing. Baldwin was on hand to meet Lippert and greet Anheuser-Busch officials who arrived on campus from St. Louis and New Jersey for an informal ceremony. Lozowski, a resident of Cranston, RI, graduated this December and was unable to attend due to a work commitment.

Baldwin, a resident of Nobleboro, ME, has served as a writing mentor for introductory journalism and in science writing about the environment. She is interested in medicine and public policy. Lozowski is currently employed as a registrar and manager of institutional research at MGH Institute of Health Professions, a graduate school that is an affiliate of the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Partners HealthCare located in downtown Boston. The recent Mount Holyoke graduate received high praise for her journalistic abilities from Mount Holyoke English lecturer North Cairn. According to Cairn, "Faye has the ability to analyze and communicate the important facts and ideas about a sweeping array of subjects-a trait that can take years to teach in a newsroom."