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PR Staffers Win State Awards

Normandi Ellis and Jay Buckner both won three CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) awards during the CASE-Kentucky annual conference in December.

Ellis and Buckner earned a total of six CASE awards.

Normandi Ellis, publications manager and editor of the Berea College Magazine, earned a grand award for producing “Extending Berea’s Legacy: A Campaign for the 21st Century,” a direct mail publication.

In addition, Ellis won an excellence award for editing the Berea College Magazine, a publication designed by Graphic Designer Linda Kuhlmann. This is the fifth consecutive year the magazine has won an award.

Her feature article "Sam Hurst Touches on a Few Great Ideas” also was awarded an excellence award. This is the third consecutive year Ellis was been recognized for her feature writing.

Buckner, communications manager, won excellence awards for two electronic communications projects. BCnow, Berea's online news portal, earned an excellence award for the third consecutive year. Since its launch in 2004, BCnow has been viewed more than 800,000 times. BCnow, a database-driven news management system, was initially built by student Justin Bailey. BCnow staff members have published more than 800 news articles since the site was launched.

Buckner, who was a featured speaker at the recent CASE conference, also won an excellence award for audio slideshows he produced during the past year. These slideshows feature Boone Tavern Hotel, the Berea campus, Bereans protesting in Washington, D.C., MLK Day, and Berea's 2007 commencement.

Buckner also accepted a merit award for Berea’s Web site. During the past three years Buckner has won a total of 16 state and regional CASE awards.

CASE Kentucky is a statewide organization that serves advancement professionals at all levels who work in alumni relations, communications, and development at more than 70 colleges, universities, private secondary and elementary schools, as well as other educational organizations in Kentucky.

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