Thomas Nelson Community College Shines at VCCA Excellence in Communications Competition

Published: October 16, 2006

The Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Special Events at Thomas Nelson Community College excelled this year at the Virginia Community College Association (VCCA) Excellence in Communications Competition winning awards for several of its marketing and promotional materials. The College received the first place award in the billboards and signage category; second place for the E-Flagstaff, the College’s internal weekly electronic newsletter; and second place in the 3D objects category for its Spring into the Future seed packets distributed at the College’s spring open house.  The College also received an honorable mention for its SpaceTec brochure designed by Sherril Schmitz of Déjà vu Design, Inc.

This year’s Excellence in Communications Competition comprised 15 categories, with the top three entries in each category receiving awards. The VCCA received 191 submissions from 17 colleges and the VCCS.  The Public Relations and Marketing team at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland  was selected at this year’s judges because of their expertise in public relations, marketing, writing, photography, graphic design and knowledge of the challenges in marketing community colleges.

The VCCA also recognized a classified staff and a faculty member at Thomas Nelson Community College for their contributions and service to the College and to the VCCA. Pam Wood, Administrative Assistant for the Business and Public Services Division, received the VCCA Support Staff Showcase Award. Wood has served Thomas Nelson Community College in various capacities for more than 20 years. Bette Thomas, Speech Instructor in the Communications and Humanities Division, received the VCCA Faculty Showcase Award.

Thomas has been a full-time faculty member at Thomas Nelson since 1995. She has served on the Faculty Senate Executive Board, and currently chairs both the Speech and the Humanities Department. She also served two years as Chair of the Faculty and Instructional Affairs Commission of the VCCA.

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