Thursday, December 07, 2006
Playing With the Big Guys
Note from Sheila: Bill is no stranger to awards, and for a while, he even stopped entering the competitions. He’s worked for colleges and universities for over 30 years now, starting at the University of Alabama and he has worked at and consulted with some of the country’s finest schools. However, sometimes an award can validate the quality of what you are doing, especially if professionals in your field judge the work. I wrote this just to say, “You done good, kiddos!”
Auburn University Montgomery (AUM) Office of University Relations (UR) recently received seven MarCom Creative Awards from the Association of Marketing & Communications Professionals. The international competition recognizes outstanding achievements from corporate marketing and communications departments, advertising agencies, public relations firms and designers.
The winners ranged from individuals to media conglomerates and Fortune 500 companies like Hewlett-Packard, Procter & Gamble, Merrill Lynch, FedEx and Anheuser-Busch as well as non-profits such as the American Cancer Society, the Mayo Clinic and the U. S. Postal Service.
There were over 5,000 entries this year. “AUM TODAY Magazine” won two Platinum awards: one in the Writing/Magazine category and one in the Writing/Feature Article category for the “Life and Times of Guin Nance,” written by University Editor Gayle Walden. AUM TODAY also won two Gold awards for design and another Gold in the Magazine/Educational Institution category.
Two more Gold awards went to AUM for “The Power of You Student Recruitment Campaign.” These publications were all designed and written in-house by AUM’s Office of University Relations under the direction of Bill Noblitt who also designed the magazine and student recruitment publications. Graphic Designer Jenna McCollough and Jennifer Wiggins also contributed to the design. Frank C. Williams provided the photography, and the entire UR staff helped with the projects including Web Manager Tom Rawl, Communication and Media Relations Manager Daniel Dye and Senior Program Associate Jane Butler.
Associate Director of UR Susan Jones, who heads up the university’s special events received a Gold award for the Groucho Marx event, part of an internal marketing campaign that garnered national and international attention for the university.