August 20, 2018  

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USM Staff Members Take Home Numerous Public Relations Awards

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Marketing and public relations professionals at The University of Southern Mississippi have captured more than two dozen awards as part of annual competitions held by the College Public Relations Association of Mississippi (CPRAM) and the Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM).

USM took home 16 awards – including a Grand Award in print media – at the annual CPRAM conference held last month in Ridgeland, Miss.

Office of University Communications staff members won awards in the senior division of the annual CPRAM awards competition, which includes entries from the state’s four-year public and private universities and colleges. USM staffers also collected five PRism awards (the highest honor possible) during the PRAM conference.

Dr. Faye Gilbert, dean of the USM College of Business, commended UC staffers and others who contributed to a CPRAM Best Overall Grand Award for the “College of Business Annual Report” submission.

“To me, the award simply marks the outcome of an exemplar I think we provide at Southern Miss, working together,” said Gilbert. “It begins with the faculty who do incredible work with our students and communities. It continues with the University photographer (Kelly Dunn) and the talented team in University Communications and our staff who provide guidance, visuals, structure, and help in telling our story. It concludes with the involvement of our alumni, advisory boards, and friends who expect to hear about our milestones and challenges so that we all strive to reach them. I am very pleased with the award and prouder still to be working in a culture where collaborative projects are the norm.”

2018 College Public Relations Association of Mississippi Awards

Grand Award

Best Overall – Print Media – “College of Business Annual Report”

Lynn McCarver, Kat VanSkiver, Heather Graves, Dr. Faye Gilbert

1st Place (Senior Division)

Public Relations Campaign – “My Southern Miss Story (Series)”

Brittney Westbrook, Chelsea King, Amanda Petit, J’Marcus Alfred, Jerry Santos, Kat VanSkiver, Heather Graves

Public Relations Innovation – “Snapchat Geofilters – Next Step Graduation”

Brittney Westbrook

Radio Spots (:60 or less) – “Born To Soar – Pandora Radio Spot”

Amanda Petit, Brittney Westbrook

Multimedia Presentation – “My Southern Miss Story (Series)”

Brittney Westbrook, Jerry Santos, J’Marcus Alfred

Special Publication – “DuBard School Speakeasy Invitation”

Victoria Scarbrough, Heather Graves, Lynn McCarver, Liz Radley

Brochure – “Exchange Programs Overview Brochure”

Megan McCormick, Heather Graves, Lynn McCarver, Jessica Bunales, Hannah Jones

Annual Report – “College of Business Annual Report”

Lynn McCarver, Kat VanSkiver, Heather Graves, Faye Gilbert

Viewbook – “Gulf Park Campus Student Services Guide”

Kat VanSkiaver, Heather Graves, Lynn McCarver, Jenny Tate, Dr. Casey Maugh Funderburk

Newsletter – “Honors College – Medallion Newsletter”

Kat VanSkiver, Heather Graves, Lynn McCarver, Megan McCormick, Kaycee McMullan, Stacey Ready, Dr. Ellen Weinauer

2nd Place (Senior Division)

New Media/Social Media – “Spring 2017 Integrated Campaign, Twitter Content”

Amanda Petit, Brittney Westbrook, Kristi Scott

Single Piece of Artwork – Sports – “2017 Athletic Director’s Suite Invitation”

Megan McCormick, Heather Graves, Lynn McCarver

Brochure – “2017-18 Theatre Season Brochure”

Hillary Lovinggood, Heather Graves, Lynn McCarver

Annual Report – “University Libraries Annual Report”

Victoria Scarbrough, Heather Graves, Lynn McCarver, Dawn Smith

Admissions and Recruitment Piece – “Golden Eagle Infographic Travel Piece”

Hillary Lovinggood, Heather Graves, Lynn McCarver

News Story – “Southern Miss Student Travels to Distant Lands to Teach English”

Arlicia Jordan

2018 Public Relations Association of Mississippi Awards

  • PRism Award is the highest honor presented.

PRism Award (Community Relations/Corporate/External Communication)

“My Southern Miss Story – 2017 Integrated Campaign”

University Communications: Brittney Westbrook

PRism Award (YouTube/Recorded Videos/Commercials)

“My Southern Miss Story – Video Series”

University Communications: Brittney Westbrook

PRism Award (YouTube/Recorded Videos/Commercials)

“Because of Your Donations …” 2017 Gala Video

The USM Foundation: Karelia Pitts

PRism Award (Special Event Programs)

“There’s No Place Like DuBard School”

DuBard School for Communication Disorders: Elizabeth Radley

PRism Award (Special Event Programs)

“Southern Miss Arbor Day Ceremony/Tree Naming Contest”

Southern Miss Physical Plant: Michelle Shinall

Award of Excellence (Integrated Social Media Programs)

“Leave Southern Miss Better than You Found it: The Joe Paul Student Leaders Scholarship Campaign”

The USM Foundation: Karelia Pitts

Award of Excellence (Annual Reports)

“Your Gifts in Action: USM Foundation 2016 Impact Report”

The USM Foundation: Karelia Pitts

Award of Excellence (Newsletters/Magazines)

“The Pursuit”

University of Southern Mississippi: Cindy Blackwell

Award of Excellence (Facebook)

“Levitt AMP Hattiesburg Music Series Facebook Communication”

University of Southern Mississippi: Cindy Blackwell

Award of Excellence (Public Service)

“USM Can Anti-Litter Campaign”

Southern Miss Physical Plant: Michelle Shinall