Oak Ridge Associated Universities won eight first-place awards, two second-place awards, and three third-place awards at a recent public relations awards ceremony, a press release said.
The ceremony was hosted April 25 by the Public Relations Society of America Volunteer Chapter.
ORAU Communications and Marketing won awards in the following categories and projects:
First Place (Award of Excellence)
- Internal Communications—Competing for Our Future campaign
- Writing—STEM education op-ed article by ORAU President and CEO Andy Page
- Posters—Diversity poster campaign
- Specialty Collateral Item—Safety and Environmental Calendar
- Audio Visual Productions—Fukushima, Japan, disaster video series
- e-Zine Website—Annual Report microsite
- Science Website—Tennessee Science Bowl website
- Education Website—ORAU Mentoring website
Second Place (Award of Quality)
- Government/Public Service Website—Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website
- Catalogs—Professional Training Programs catalog
Third Place (Award of Merit)
- Community Relations—Extreme Classroom Makeover
- Public Service—Annual Meeting and STEM Event
- Annual Reports, four-color reports—ORAU Annual Report
During the ceremony, the Volunteer Chapter PRSA presented awards in 44 public relations program and product categories.
Besides ORAU, other Award of Excellence winners included the American Cancer Society, B&W Technical Services Y-12, Blackberry Farm, Dalton Dupes Agency, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Helen Ross McNabb Center, Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority, Tennessee Valley Authority, The Tombras Group, University of Tennessee Knoxville and University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. The 2013 J. Carroll Bateman Award of Excellence–the Volunteer Chapter’s “Best of Show” award–was given to Blackberry Farm.
In addition, the Volunteer Chapter honored five outstanding individuals or organizations for excellence in a specific role they play in the community. This year’s individual award winners are: Lifetime Achievement Award – Gail Rymer, APR, Fellow PRSA, with Tennessee Valley Authority; Harvey I. Cobert Award – Melissa Ogden, Knox County Schools; Executive of the Year – Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of the Knox County Schools; Community Service Award – Tennessee Farm Bureau Insurance; and Rising Young Professional Award – Taylor Griffin, The Tombras Group.