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PR and Development Staffers Best in Kentucky

Several BC staff members won a total of 17 CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) awards for outstanding achievements in development and public relations projects. See the complete listing of all CASE-Kentucky awards here.

PR and development staff members win 17 CASE Kentucky awards.

Of the 17 awards, seven were Grand Awards (highest honor) besting all other public and private colleges and universities in Kentucky.

Tim Jordan, public relations director and member of the CASE-Kentucky Board of Directors, earned a Grand Award for the Sesquicentennial Commemorative Calendar, a printed wall calendar highlighting Berea’s sesquicentennial activities and historically important moments. Jordan also won an Excellence Award for an institutional relations program promoting all aspects of Berea College’s Sesquicentennial.

Jay Buckner, communications manager, earned a total of five awards. The first Grand Award was for the Sesquicentennial Web portal, a Web site conceptualized and produced along with Public Relations staffers Tim Jordan and Bridget Carroll. The second Grand Award was given to Buckner, Web Site Coordinator Cary Hazelwood, and the Web Team for the overall design and implementation of Berea’s Web site. Buckner and student Mary Rush, editor of BCnow, accepted an Excellence Award on behalf of the BCnow reporters for the ongoing production of BCnow, Berea's daily news and event portal. Buckner and the Web Team also received a Merit Award for Berea’s Web site home page. Finally, Buckner, along with News Manager Julie Sowell and consultant Tom Chase, received a Merit Award for producing the Lady Mountaineers Basketball Media Guide, for last season’s national tournament.

Normandi Ellis, publications manager and editor of the Berea College Magazine, earned a Grand Award for producing the 2004-05 Annual Report. In addition, Ellis won a Grand Award for her magazine article "How I Got Here and Why," which appeared in the Spring 2006 issue of the Berea College Magazine. This is the second straight year Ellis has been recognized for her feature writing. Ellis also won an Excellence Award for editing the Berea College magazine, a publication produced by Graphic Designer Linda Kuhlmann. This is the fourth consecutive year the magazine has won an award.

Julie Sowell, news and information manager, earned two awards for video productions. A Grand Award was given for her production of a feature video highlighting Berea’s performing arts. Sowell earned a second award, an Excellence Award, for her direction of “Living Upstream,” a video, produced by Martin Media, detailing Berea’s efforts to become a more sustainable campus.

Chris Schill, young alumni program coordinator, won a Grand Award for his entry of “Young Alumni and a Humorous Approach,” a fund raising project targeting young alumni. This is the second consecutive year that Schill has won a Grand Award for a publication appealing to Berea’s young alumni.

Members of the development staff received two Merit Awards. The first award was given for an institutional relations project highlighting Berea’s sesquicentennial. The second award was given for a media relations project that promoted the Great Commitments Relay, a goodwill tour of Appalachia. This historical project was developed by the Sesquicentennial Relay Team of former Berea Fund Director Will Jones, Director of Alumni Relations Mae Suramek, Assistant Director of the Berea Fund Amy Harmon, PR Director Tim Jordan, and former Special Projects Coordinator Bridget Carroll. Jennifer Perkins, donor relations associate, submitted the two entries and accepted the awards on behalf of the development staff.

Rob Fox, a student writer in the publication’s office, earned an Excellence Award for his article "Bill Best: An Appalachia Heirloom," a piece featuring Bill Best, a retired physical education instructor who grows heirloom beans.

The development office was recognized with a Merit Award for their entry of an institutional relations project “What Moves You to Give?”

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 the commonwealth of Kentucky.

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