REGION 3: Alison Powers joins the Times-Union

The Florida Times-Union announced today that Alison Powers will join its staff as a designer.

Alison is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism where she played many roles at the Columbia Missourian daily newspaper. She was a graphic artist, designer and art director on many pages including the Tiger Kickoff preview sections before each home football game.

Before her time with the Missourian, Alison was a designer, production manager and graphics editor at the student-run Maneater. During that time, she won an honorable mention in the Student Society for News Design designer of the year competition, a huge deal in the world of college news design. She won several more SSND awards during her time in Missouri.

This summer, Alison interned at The Virginian-Pilot, where she designed pages, wrote headlines and edited proofs for six community news tabs.

Mark Kozak, her supervisor at the Pilot, had this to say about her work: "During the summer, I have given her all of our most difficult/complicated cover stories, design-heavy pages, picture pages, etc., and she has done them all with aplomb." He added, "Alison always asks for work to do, but she is so fast that I couldn’t keep her totally busy all the time — unless we were shorthanded. Early on, I decided she needed to get more experience on our daily paper, so she started spending Fridays handling our business section."

Mark also praised Alison for her attention to detail, a compliment echoed by Joy Mayer, designer editor of the Columbia Missourian. "When it comes to typography, she's really good at the small details."

In addition to her love of sports, Alison also enjoys musical theater. She has appeared in many productions and is a talented dancer. She is a native of St. Louis.

(For those of you keeping count, the T-U has a LOT of Missouri grads: Brandy Hilboldt Allport, Carole Fader, Patrick Garvin, Karen Mathis, Gary Mills, Erin Patterson, Mark Woods, Stefanie Zimmerman.)

Alison will be designing pages for news and lifestyle. She will start later this month.

Please congratulate Alison on her exciting new challenge.

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