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Texas A&M AgriLife Communicators Receive National Awards

Texas A&M AgriLife Communicators Receive National Awards

Texas A&M AgriLife Communicators Receive National Awards

The Texas A&M AgriLife Marketing and Communications team in the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences took home nine awards from the Association for Excellence in Communications (ACE) annual conference June 23-25 ​​in Salt Lake City.

Texas A&M AgriLife multimedia project specialist Michael Miller received the Outstanding Professional Skill Award from the Association for Excellence in Communication, a professional society for land grant communicators. (Courtney Sacco/Texas A&M AgriLife)

“These awards are an example of how we communicate the value of Texas A&M AgriLife and the mission of our agencies and the university,” said Katherine Hancock, associate vice chancellor for marketing and communications for Texas A&M AgriLife. “We are proud to showcase how we, as a land-grant university, deliver innovative, science-based solutions that position Texas A&M AgriLife as a national model.”

Known as “Science-Driven, Communicating for Change,” ACE is comprised of communication professionals who work for educational, government, and research organizations to expand knowledge about agriculture, natural resources, and the biological and human sciences.

The ACE community sponsors an annual critique and awards program for educational and promotional products created by land-grant universities. The awards program provides members with professional critiques of their work and recognizes those who have done outstanding work.

Bringing home the praise from ACE

In 2024, the Texas A&M AgriLife marketing and communications team took home nine ACE awards:

—Outstanding Professional Ability Award – Photo essay – Daniel De León: The graduate student who judges poultry —Michael Miller, multimedia project specialist.

— Gold Award – Photo Report – Daniel De León: The graduate student who judges poultry — Miller.

— Gold Award – Environmental Portrait or Personality Photography – Nithya Rajan — Sam Craft, Visual and Multimedia Assistant Director.

— Silver Award – Electronic Media Profile Videos, Video and Audio – Daniel De Leon: Inspiring Others Through Poultry Judging — Courtney Sacco, Multimedia Project Coordinator; Shelby Dittman, Social Media Coordinator; Miller; Craft; Laura Muntean, Media Relations Coordinator.

— Bronze Award – Information Technology Website – Department of Horticultural Sciences Website – Elisabeth Button, Assistant Director of Web Initiatives; Shelby Schiller, Web and Information Designer; Nolan Maldonado, Web Communications Manager; Jared Leonguerrero, Assistant Director of Web Management; Paul Pleasant, Assistant Director of Web Operations.

— Bronze Award – Marketing Communications Campaign with a Budget of $1,000 or More – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Health Summit 2023 — Mohamed Chenkhloufi, Brand and Graphics Creative Manager; Button; Schiller; Rudy Ruedas, Brand Outreach Specialist.

— Bronze Award – Service Photography – Turf Field Day — Miller.

— Bronze Award – Electronic Media, Video & Audio Promotional Products, Recruiting & Fundraising – Thank You | Legacy & Leadership 2023 – Sacco, Dittman, Miller & Craft.

— Bronze Award – Featured Photo: An image that effectively tells a story – Field trip to the lake – Craft.

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