E&H Alumni Magazine Honored by PRSA

Posted on: Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013
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by Brent Treash

The Emory & Henry College alumni magazine won top honors for internal publications during an awards ceremony of the Tri-Cities chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

The award recognized three E&H employees who comprise the editorial staff of the magazine: Dirk Moore, editor and E&H director of public relations; Monica Hoel, alumni editor and director of alumni affairs; and Jamie Smyth, art director and associate director of public relations. The trio received the “Award of Excellence,” which is the highest recognition given in any category to a nominee.

Also honored during the ceremony was Brent Treash, assistant director of media relations. Treash received the award of quality for a video entitled “Going Professional,” which promotes the E&H student athlete experience.

In addition, Jessica Daddio, an E&H senior from Boyce, Va., won the top prize in a category devoted to student public relations work. Daddio was honored for a brochure she created that promotes the E&H outdoor program. Daddio serves as a workstudy assistant in the Public Relations Office.

Moore gave credit for the success of the magazine to the high quality of the design and the contributions that design makes to the telling of alumni stories. “When you page through the E&H magazine you are struck by the cleanness and attractiveness of its layout. That is the work of Jamie Smyth, who has been recognized on multiple occasions by the PRSA for her excellent publication designs.”

The magazine also benefits from a strong relationship with the E&H Office of Alumni Affairs, including both Hoel and Rhonda Widener, the Alumni Office administrative assistant, Moore said. “In Monica Hoel, Emory & Henry has a creative leader who continually innovates in the ways of telling alumni stories and recognizing alumni accomplishments. Rhonda contributes greatly through the gathering and writing of the popular alumni class notes.”