LSU AgCenter staff win top international communication awards

Kenneth Gautreaux  |  6/17/2009 7:59:59 PM

News Release Distributed 06/17/09

Twenty members of the LSU AgCenter Communications and Information Technology staffs were honored at the annual conference of the Association for Communication Excellence, an international professional organization, which was held June 6-10 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Linda Benedict, associate director of communications, received the 2009 Professional Award, which is the highest recognition given by ACE to one of its members.

The organization presented gold awards to Tobie Blanchard for a radio spot about agriculture awareness and Kathleen Kramer for a marketing campaign on flood protection.

A 10-member team also earned a gold award for a “Working Smarter” training series presented to all AgCenter staff in 2008. Team members included information technology staff members Fred Piazza, Sandy Fiser, Mike Carl, David Woerner, Bruce Garner, Tanya Ruffin and Page Langlois and communications staffers Frankie Gould, Benedict and Blanchard.

Silver awards went to John Wozniak for a Louisiana Agriculture magazine cover, Randy LaBauve and Craig Gautreaux for the “Fun with Chickens” video series, and Megan Smith and Fiser for the home page of the AgCenter’s Web site.

A silver award for the Chancellor’s Challenge blog also went to a six-member team of Benedict, Gould, Ruffin, Langlois, Fiser and Lisa West.

Bronze awards went to Bruce Schultz and Mark Claesgens for their photo series on hurricane damage; Fiser, Smith and Katina Hester for the 4-H Web graphic; and to Ruffin for a series of video training spots.

In addition, Gould, who presided over the meeting as president, moved to the post of past president, and Gautreaux and Sarah Johnston graduated from the one-year ACE Leadership Institute.

Craig Gautreaux

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