The communications team at West Virginia University’s business school was honored with three awards at the Public Relations Society of America-West Virginia Crystal Awards Gala in Charleston on June 15.
The Office of Communications & Marketing at the WVU College of Business and Economics was presented a Crystal Award and two honorable mention awards at the annual event, held this year at the Culture Center at the State Capitol Complex.
The Crystal Award was presented to Patrick Gregg, director of Communications & Marketing and executive editor of B&E Magazine, for his article on alumnus and TV personality Mark Bowe in the Written Articles-More Than 500 Words category. Bowe, a Lewisburg, West Virginia, resident, is host of the hit TV show “Barnwood Builders” and “Made With Pride,” both of which air on the DIY (Do It Yourself) and GAC (Great American Country) networks.
An Honorable Mention Crystal Award was presented to the B&E communications unit in the Magazine or Newsletter-External Primary Audience category for the Fall 2015 edition of the magazine, which featured Bowe on the cover. The publication was produced by Erica Lindsay, designer and art director; Alex Wilson, photographer; Blair Dowler and Mel Moraes, writers; and Gregg. B&E Magazine is published twice a year, distributed around the globe and produced entirely by the B&E communications team, except for printing.
The second Honorable Mention Crystal Award was presented to the team for a press release Gregg wrote about a scholarship established by the family of 48-year-old Michael Paul Cipoletti, a B&E alumnus who was tragically killed in an automobile accident in 2011. The press release was entitled “Family Responds with Scholarly Act After Tragedy” and was entered in the News Releases category. It detailed how the Cipoletti family turned the tragedy into an opportunity for high school students in West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle to attend the WVU College of Business and Economics.
“We are elated at this recognition of the exceptional work by our communications team,” said Nancy McIntyre, B&E interim dean. “Of course, one of our most visible communications projects is the semi-annual magazine, but the communications and marketing efforts at B&E go far beyond that. From news that happens at our college every day to our social media channels, and from marketing everything our college does to our website, the team is charged with handling it all. Kudos to our Office of Communications & Marketing for this great recognition.”