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APSU Office of PR and Marketing wins 13 awards at 2017 TCPRA spring conference

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Office of Public Relations and Marketing at Austin Peay State University won 13 awards during the Tennessee College Public Relations Association (TCPRA) spring conference and awards contest held May 24-26 in Gatlinburg.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Office of Public Relations and Marketing at Austin Peay State University won 13 awards during the Tennessee College Public Relations Association (TCPRA) spring conference and awards contest held May 24-26 in Gatlinburg.

TCPRA – an alliance of communicators across the state representing public and private colleges and universities, technical schools, technology centers and community colleges – awarded gold, silver and bronze distinctions in various writing, design, publication and photography categories. Entries were received for the contest period between April 1, 2016, and April 1, 2017.

The University’s PR office captured the following awards: 

• Gold in the Illustration category for the “Plant the Campus Red” T-shirt.

• Gold in the Outdoor Media/Banners category for street pole banners.

• Gold in the Spot News Photography category for Mud Bowl photography.

• Gold in the Low-Budget Publication category for the endowment report.

• Gold in the Postcard/Invitation category for the 2017 Candlelight Ball invitations.

• Gold in the Ad Series category for APSU Alumni Magazine donor advertisements.

• Gold in the Specialty Item category for holiday gift bowls presented to donors.

• Silver in the Promotional Video category for the 2016 Holiday Video.

• Silver in the Reports Printed category for the 2015-2025 APSU Strategic Plan.

• Silver in the Special Event Less Than 7 Days category for the 2016 UPAA Conference, hosted at APSU.

• Silver in the Sports Photography category for the OVC Basketball Tournament.

• Bronze in the Feature Writing category for Fall 2017 APSU Alumni Magazine feature on the 2017 total solar eclipse.

• Bronze in the Electronic Newsletter category for The Sentinel email newsletter.

The “Plant the Campus Red” T-shirt was designed by APSU student and graphic design intern Dylan Smith. The OVC Basketball Tournament photograph was taken by then-APSU student Taylor Slifko, on assignment for The All State, Austin Peay's student newspaper. 

The APSU Office of Public Relations and Marketing staff includes Bill Persinger, executive director; Rollow Welch, assistant director of publications; Charles Booth, assistant director of communication; Michele Tyndall, manager of printing services and projects; Kim Balevre, graphic designer; Colin Harris, communication specialist; Beth Lowary, University photography and social media coordinator; Hannah Bradley Eden, coordinator of multimedia and web design; Lori Moore, office supervisor; and Nicki Cornelius, marketing manager. The office is part of the APSU Office of Advancement, Communication and Strategic Initiatives, with Derek van der Merwe as vice president.