W.Va. State University Communications Team Wins National Awards

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July 5, 2018
W.Va. State University Communications Team Wins National Awards
INSTITUTE, W.Va. – Multiple West Virginia State University (WVSU) Extension Service marketing projects have won awards from the Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Life and Human Sciences, the national association for communications professionals working within the Cooperative Extension System. Two Gold Awards, a Silver Award and an Outstanding Professional Skill Award were presented to projects promoting the organization’s outreach initiatives.

“We are thrilled that our communications team is being acknowledged at the national level for their work,” said Dr. Ami Smith, associate vice president and director of WVSU Extension Service. “These awards are a testament to the quality marketing and communications work being produced here at State.”

The booklet for the West Virginia African-American Heritage Tour, a self-guided audio tour produced in conjunction with the National Park Service, won both a Gold Award and an Outstanding Professional Skill Award in the Publications for Diverse Audiences category. The poster for the fifth annual West Virginia Urban Agriculture Conference won a Gold Award for poster design, while a recent WVSU Extension Service brochure won a Silver Award for publications.

In addition to the project awards, Director of Communications Matt Browning received the ACE Pioneer Award, which honors members who demonstrate exceptional leadership and technical skills and make significant contributions to ACE during their early careers. Browning was also recently named Marketing Director-Elect on the ACE Board of Directors.

The awards, part of ACE’s annual Critique and Awards program, will be presented at the 2018 ACE Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., in August.

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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multigenerational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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