18 LSU AgCenter Employees Win Top Communication Awards

5/17/2006 2:56:55 AM

News Release Distributed 05/16/06

Eighteen members of the LSU AgCenter’s Communications and Information Technology units won top awards from an international professional association.

The awards from the Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences (ACE) will be presented during the ACE annual meeting in Quebec City, Canada, June 3-6.

The awards came as part of the ACE Critique and Awards program – an annual competition that rates the best work from its members and others around the world. This year’s awards program saw hundreds of entries in 46 different classes and nine major categories.

Three LSU AgCenter entries were named top in their classes, and one of those was cited best in its category with an outstanding professional skill award. Five other entries received awards for being second or third in their classes.

The outstanding professional skill award, which officials say is an award to the "best of the best," went to 12 people in LSU AgCenter Communications for the category known as integrated communication programs. It cited them for the material they prepared and media relations work they did following hurricanes Katrina and Rita. This entry also won the gold award in its class – media relations programs.

The winners from LSU AgCenter Communications were Linda Benedict, Tobie Blanchard, Rick Bogren, John Chaney, Mark Claesgens, Craig Gautreaux, Frankie Gould, Elma Sue McCallum, Tom Merrill, Johnny Morgan, Bruce Schultz and Bobby Soileau.

In other awards, Benedict and Bogren also won gold for editing "Louisiana Agriculture," the LSU AgCenter’s quarterly magazine.

Sandy Fiser, Fred Piazza and Megan Smith from Information Technology – along with Gould, the director of Communications – took gold for the LSU AgCenter’s Web site.

Silver winners in the ACE competition also included two groups from LSU AgCenter Information technology – Fiser, Piazza and Sam Razi for the Web site’s content management system (CMS) and Fiser, Trace Purvis and Marti Ratcliff for the CMS training manual.

Another silver award went to Blanchard for a spot she prepared for the LSU AgCenter’s radio news service.

Schultz won two bronze awards – one for a photograph of the LSU AgCenter’s Marsh Maneuvers youth camp and one for a story about farmers dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Rita.

Fiser and Smith also won a bronze for graphic images they designed for the LSU AgCenter’s Web site.

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Contact: Frankie Gould at (225) 578-5679 or fgould@agcenter.lsu.edu
Writer: Linda Foster Benedict at (225) 578-2937 or lbenedict@agcenter.lsu.edu

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