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Tech VPW members win state awards in communications

Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 30 - May 1, 1997

Virginia Tech members of the Virginia Press Women brought home several awards from the Spring Luncheon April 12 in Fredericksburg.

Virginia Press Women is a state-wide organization open to women and men in the field of professional communications, including journalism, public relations, television, radio, graphic arts, and photography. Entries that win first in the state contest are automatically entered in competition sponsored by the National Federation of Press Women, whose awards are announced in June.

The Virginia Tech winners in the state competition were as follows:

Clara B. Cox, manager of public-service communications, and Meg Nugent, graphic designer, both in University Relations, took first place in the one- to three-color non-profit newsletter category with Global Network and second place in the one- to three-color magazine with four-color cover category with Virginia Issues & Answers.

Cox is editor and writer of Global Network, with Nugent serving as art director. Copy editor was Netta S. Smith, university writer for University Relations. The newsletter is published semi-annually by the University Office of International Programs.

For Virginia Issues & Answers, Cox is managing editor and Nugent, art director. Also working on the publication are Lawrence G. Hincker, associate vice president of university relations, executive editor; Bob Veltri, university photographer, photography editor; and Patricia H. White, university editor, copy editor, all in University Relations. The magazine, which focuses on public policy issues in Virginia, is published semi-annually by University Relations in cooperation with the university's Outreach Division.

Nugent won a second place in page layout, general or specialized circulation, for pages from Global Network, Virginia Issues and Answers, and a brochure for Production and Operations Management for the Pamplin College of Business.

Nugent also won a second place for black-and-white display, single ad, for an ad from the "Spend the Evening with Us..." ad series developed for the Northern Virginia Graduate Center. She also won a second place for a campaign or series built around one subject, black and white, newspaper, institutional or image, for the "Did You Know" campaign developed for the Northern Virginia Graduate Center and a second place in the category of annuals and handbooks for "Blacksburg...A Special Place 1997 Historical Calendar" that she wrote, designed, and produced through Omega Design for the Town of Blacksburg.

Sally Harris, public-relations coordinator for the College of Arts and Sciences, received a first place for special articles on educational topics for stories about the restructuring of the college, the formation of the School of the Arts, and the establishment of Virginia Tech's `A'-Tech program.

Harris won two second-place awards, one for one- to three-color newsletters for non-profit organizations for Arts and Sciences, the college's alumni newsletter, for which she is the editor, principal writer, and designer using a template by Creed Taylor of Graphic Arts and photography by the staff of Visual Communications/Photo; and a second in page layout for a publication for general or specialized circulation, also for the newsletter

Harris won third place for a feature story in an internal publication (Spectrum) on a new book about advertising by Matthew McAllister of communication studies; and news reporting in an internal publication (Spectrum) for a feature on Rhodes Scholar Mark Embree.

Mary Ann H. Johnson, public-relations specialist in Agriculture, Research, and Extension Communications, won a first-place award for 4-H for Life in the four-color newsletter, non-profit category. Tim Fisher Poff was the graphic designer. Johnson won a first in single news releases for a story on "Don't Liquidate Livestock Herds, Extension Economist Advises Farmers."

Johnson won second place in the category of three news releases dealing with the same subject for stories on "Only by Changing with Times Can Rural Areas Stay Good Place To Live," prepared with Tom Johnson, and "Extension Economist Analyzes Virginia Agriculture Situation" and "New Farm Legislation May Change Look of Agriculture in Virginia," both with Jim Pease. Her story "Advice To Help People Caring for Older Parents" won a third place in single news release.

Lynn Nystrom, director of news and external relations for the College of Engineering, won both first and second places for advising student publications-a first for the Collegiate Times and a second for Engineers' Forum. She also won a first for four-color, non-profit brochure for Green Engineering. Michele Moldenhauer was the designer and Gary Colbert the photographer.

Nystrom also won a first for external annual report, non-profit, for Engineering Now. Barbara Corbett was the designer, Rick Griffiths the photographer, Liz Crumbley a contributing writer, and Pat White the contributing editor. Nystrom also won a second-place award for black-and-white display ad.

Susan Trulove, public-relations coordinator for Research and Graduate Studies, won a first for the 1996 Virginia Tech Research magazine in the category of four-color magazine. Trulove is editor of the magazine, Barb Corbett is designer, and Smith is copy editor. College public-relations coordinators wrote the articles; staff members in the graphics-arts and photography units contributed; illustrations were provided by students in Bob Fields's contemporary-illustration class; and the publication was printed by the university's Print Shop.

Trulove also received seconds for special articles on science topics and a feature article in an internal publication. The science articles were about research by Ted Rappaport of electrical engineering, Helen Crawford of psychology, and Harry Gibson of chemistry. The feature article was an interview with gay and lesbian students.