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Alabama Extension Sets Record for Communications Awards

Alabama Extension Sets Record for Communications Awards

AUBURN, Ala.—Alabama Extension at Auburn University won more awards from the Association for Communication Excellence than any other land-grant institution. The strongest showing was in the design of digital products including iBooks, online courses and targeted websites. ACE serves as the professional development organization for communications professionals based at land grant institutions like Auburn University.

Recognizing Professional Skills

“No other land-grant institution won multiple Outstanding Professional Skill Awards,” said Alabama Extension Director Gary Lemme. “Our professionals brought home almost 30 percent of all the Professional Skill Awards and 25 percent of all first-place awards.”

  • Gardening in the South 2017 Calendar received an Outstanding Professional Skill Award in Graphic Design.
  • AlabamaDrought.com won an Outstanding Professional Skill Award in Crisis and Issues Management.
  • Shoot and Edit Like a Pro: An Online Training Course was given an Outstanding Professional Skill Award in Distance Education and Instructional Design.

Alabama Extension received seven more gold awards for a variety of projects including the iBook, Climate and Crops: Adapting Farming to a Variable Climate; 4HInnovators for both its cover design and its interactive multimedia graphics, and We Grow Alabama, the 2016 Extension annual report.  In addition, the team brought home an additional seven silver and five bronze awards.

“Award winning teams of scientists, communications professionals and instructional designers make award winning projects happen,” said Emery Tschetter, Alabama Extension director of communications and marketing.

Two ACE diversity awards highlight Alabama Extension’s efforts to reach wide reaching audiences. Lemme said these awards illustrate the System’s longstanding commitment to serve everyone.

“This is one of our bedrock principles,” said Lemme.  “We are gratified that our work to expand our reach via communications efforts was recognized by ACE.”

Dominates Graphic Design Awards

Alabama Extension communication’s professionals continued their domination of graphic design categories, earning six gold out of eight possible.

  • Gardening in the South 2017 Calendar for one- to four-color print publications
  • Beaver—Built for Woodworking for illustration
  • 4-HInnovaters for interactive multimedia and web graphics
  • Memphis ACE Conference for posters
  • 4-HInnovaters for covers
  • Southeast Region Master Gardeners Conference for logos

Communications and Marketing professionals recognized include Tschetter, Bruce Dupree, David McCormick, Aimee Lewis, Kim Graham, Bridget Brown, Glenda Freeman, Deb Dupree, Maggie Lawrence, Katie Nichols and Donna Reynolds.  Information Technology professionals recognized include Jonathan Davis, Jenny Crickard, Tyler Weldon, Jim Helms, Jonas Bowersock and Richard Feurriegel. Extension subject matter specialists recognized include Jim Armstrong—Wildlife; Kim Mullenix—Beef; Brenda Ortiz—Crops; Eve Brantley—Stormwater; Molly Gregg—4-H; and Kerry Smith—Gardening.


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