Mar 18, 2009    #029
Contact: John Austin

Dental student wins Charles M. Schulz award for U-News cartoons Grant Snider takes top college prize in prestigious Scripps-Howard National Journalism Awards

Grant Snider, a second-year student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Dentistry, was named the Charles M. Schulz 2008 College Cartoonist of the Year for his work in the University News, UMKC’s student newspaper. The award, which is part of the renowned Scripps-Howard Foundation National Journalism Awards, comes with a $10,000 cash prize. Snider beat out cartoonists from the University of Texas and Kent State University to take home the top prize.

“I’m extremely honored and excited to receive the award,” Snider said. “Cartooning requires hours of toiling away in isolation, so any kind of recognition or feedback is reassuring. Whether it’s an online comment on a cartoon or a $10,000 check, anytime somebody connects with your work, you know you’ve done something right.”

In honoring Snider’s work, the judges noted that his cartoons “reflect the influence of graphic novels.” Snider says that influence goes back to his youth growing up in Derby, KS.

“Like many kids, I drew all the time growing up and, as I got older, I just kept doing it,” he said. “I was driven partly by the addiction to seeing my drawings in print, but also by the fun of constantly exploring new ideas and techniques. When I came to UMKC for dental school after completing my junior year at KU, I kept drawing for The University News.”

Now that his “addiction” has paid off in such a positive way, some might think he would be tempted to forgo the dental career and focus on cartooning. Snider plans, however, to complete dental school, continue his cartoon career and see where life leads him.

“Most dentists are self-employed, which offers some flexibility in setting your hours. It might be naive to think I can maintain two unrelated careers, but I'm going to try it,” Snider said. “Practicing dentistry can't be any more time consuming than the endless onslaught of dental school exams, labs, and lectures — and even now, I find time to draw. Dentistry will allow me to interact with real, live people, a nice contrast with the reclusive pursuit of cartooning.”

To learn more about the National Journalism Awards and to see some of Snider’s award-winning work, visit the U-News website.

About the UMKC School of Dentistry
The UMKC School of Dentistry is part of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), which is part of the University of Missouri system of four publicly funded state universities. The UMKC School of Dentistry originated in 1881 as the Kansas City Dental College. The name has changed and the school has grown and evolved into a multi-faceted institution, but it has maintained a tradition of excellence in education for over a century. The School offers a varied and complete range of educational experiences for students of dentistry and dental hygiene and for graduate and continuing education students.

About the University News
The University News is published Mondays by students of the University of Missouri-Kansas City. 4,000 free copies are distributed to the University, Plaza, Westport, Brookside, Midtown and Downtown areas. The University News has served the UMKC community since 1933.

About UMKC
The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Celebrating 75 years, UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience.

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