VCCA Excellence in Communications Awards 2006


Published: October 12, 2006

This year’s VCCA Excellence in Communications Awards competition was fierce. The PR Commission received a total of 191 entries from 17 colleges and the VCCS.

The Public Relations and Marketing team at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland judged this year’s competition. The PR and Marketing group at AACC consists of nine team members – three writers, three graphic artists, an assistant director, a director and an administrative specialist. The team was chosen to judge the competition because of their knowledge of the challenges of marketing community colleges and the group’s diverse backgrounds in public relations, marketing, writing, photography and graphic design.

AACC is an award-winning college that holds a seat on the board of directors of the League for Innovation in the Community College, an international organization devoted to “catalyzing the community college movement.”

This year’s Excellence in Communications Competition had 15 new categories, with the top three entries in each category receiving awards. Congratulations to the following :

Category – Annual Reports, President’s Reports and Viewbooks

First Place
Office of Institutional Advancement
Virginia Community College System
Winning Entry: Explore. Engage. Excel.

Second Place
Heather McIver
John Tyler Community College
Winning Entry: The People of John Tyler Calendar and Annual Report.

Honorable Mention
Public Information Office
Germanna Community College
Winning Entry: the college’s 35th Anniversary Book

Category – Billboards and Signage

First Place
Cecilia Ramirez
Thomas Nelson Community College
Winning Entry: Explore. Excel. Succeed. featuring students jumping.

Second Place
Office of Institutional Advancement
Virginia Community College System
Winning Entry: Driving Virginia’s Future

Honorable Mention
Betty Credle and Melissa Baumann
Tidewater Community College
Winning Entry: 121 Has Moved

Category – Broadcast Promotion (video and radio)

First Place
Paul D. Camp Community College
Winning Entry: Right Here, Right Now

Second Place
Heather McIver and Holly Walker
John Tyler Community College
Winning Entry: Angel Tree Commercial

Honorable Mention
Office of Institutional Advancement
Virginia Community College System
Winning Entry: For All the Right Reasons

Category – Brochures and Course Catalogs

First Place
Meredith Carrington, Heather McIver and Holly Walker
John Tyler Community College
Winning Entry: The Campaign for John Tyler – Foundation brochure

Second Place
Mary Beth Apperson
Tidewater Community College
Winning Entry: Stand – The Women’s Center Brochure

Honorable Mention
Thomas Nelson Community College
Winning Entry: Space Tec brochure

Category – Course Schedules

First Place
Public Information Office
Germanna Community College
Winning Entry: Summer 2006 Class Schedule

Second Place
Virginia Western Community College
Winning Entry: Summer Schedule 2006

Honorable Mention
Meredith Carrington and Holly Walker
John Tyler Community College
Winning Entry: Fall 2006 Course Schedule

Category – Flyers, Posters and Display Boards

First Place
Meredith Carrington
John Tyler Community College
Winning Entry: Latin Ballet Poster

Second Place
Sandra Degenhardt
Tidewater Community College
Winning Entry: Honor Your Dance Poster

Honorable Mention
Kalie Kelch, Aaron Riddle and Judy Rinker
Lord Fairfax Community College
Winning Entry: Inspirational Poster Series

Category – Invitations, Announcements, Greeting Cards and Postcards

First Place
Sandra Degenhardt
Tidewater Community College
Winning Entry: Martin Luther King A Single Garment of Destiny Recognition Dinner Invitation

Second Place
Meredith Carrington
John Tyler Community College
Winning Entry: Holiday Open House Invitation

Honorable Mention
Sandra Degenhardt
Tidewater Community College
Winning Entry: Martin Luther King A Dream Deferred Community Leaders’ Breakfast Invitation

Category – Newsletters (electronic and print)

First Place
Laurie White and Laura Sanford
Tidewater Community College
Winning Entry: TCC Chronicle

Second Place
Thomas Nelson Community College
Winning Entry: eFlagstaff

Honorable Mention
Sharon Fisher and Lana Kennedy
Mountain Empire Community College
Winning Entry: Red Fox Flier

Category – Nifty and Thrifty (pieces produced and printed in-house)

First Place
Sharon Fisher and Lana Kennedy
Mountain Empire Community College
Winning Entry: 2006-2007 Student Planner

Second Place
Meredith Carrington, Heather McIver and Holly Walker
John Tyler Community College
Winning Entry: Defining the Future of our Community (General Assembly Leave Behind Pieces)

Honorable Mention
Kalie Kelch and Aaron Riddle
Lord Fairfax Community College
Winning Entry: LFCC Funding Needs Booklet

Category – Photography

First Place
Susan Davis
Northern Virginia Community College
Winning Entry: The Secretary’s “Other Duties as Assigned”

Second Place
Bradley Smith
Tidewater Community College
Winning Entry: Cornerstone of Industry: Welding

Honorable Mention
Debora Weeks
Virginia Western Community College
Winning Entry: The Gift

Category – Print Advertising

First Place
Meredith Carrington and Holly Walker
John Tyler Community College
Winning Entry: Defining Your Future Ad – Virginia Schools Guide

Second Place
Virginia Western Community College
Winning Entry: We Make a Difference – Roanoker Magazine

Honorable Mention
Public Information and Publications
Northern Virginia Community College
Winning Entry: Smart – The Professors are Great

Category – 3D Objects (gifts, wearables and giveaways)

First Place
Public Information and Publications
Northern Virginia Community College
Winning Entry: Fortune Cookies

Second Place
Cecilia Ramirez
Thomas Nelson Community College
Winning Entry: Spring Into the Future seed packets

Honorable Mention
Lisa Kendrick
John Tyler Community College
Winning Entry: Stadium Blanket

Category – Web Sites

First Place
Marketing and Public Relations
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
Winning Entry: The New Reynolds.edu

Second Place
Heather Millar
Virginia Community College System
Winning Entry: VCCS WDS Website/Online Community

Honorable Mention
Aaron Riddle
Lord Fairfax Community College
Winning Entry: LFCC Intranet

Category – Wild Card (anything goes)

First Place
Meredith Carrington, Heather McIver and Holly Walker
John Tyler Community College
Winning Entry: Fool for Art Evening Program & Sketch Pad

Second Place
Kalie Kelch
Lord Fairfax Community College
Winning Entry: Crisis Communication Plan

Honorable Mention
Public Information and Publications
Northern Virginia Community College
Winning Entry: Student Handbook

Category – Writing (feature, news and marketing)

First Place
Melissa Baumann
Tidewater Community College
Winning Entry: Stand – The Women’s Center Brochure

Second Place
Laura Sanford
Tidewater Community College
Winning Entry: Taking a Leap of Faith: Harvard Claims TCC Alum

Honorable Mention
Heather McIver
John Tyler Community College
Winning Entry: People of John Tyler Calendar and Annual Report



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