Public information units win big in competition

Three Mississippi State public information departments are winners of 30 major 2011 awards given by the College Public Relations Association of Mississippi.

The Office of University Relations brought home the Grand Award in Print Media, the highest honor given, for the photograph "Respect the Bell." The university's Office of Agricultural Communications and Bagley College of Engineering won numerous first, second and third place certificates.

The three units also swept the sports story, annual report and photography categories.

The departments are among those competing annually in the senior college division of the awards program that includes the state's public and private senior colleges and universities.

Since its formation in the 1970s, CPRAM has worked to advance the art of communication to provide the public with a better understanding and appreciation of member institutions. Community colleges and state governmental agencies also are active participants.

MSU awards received at the recent conference in Natchez include, by category:

News Story

--OUR, second place, "Barbour Explains Biofuels Position at MSU Summit."

--OAC, second place, "Halloween Mystery: Why Grow Pumpkins;" and third place, "Shrimpers Seeing Low Yields but Excellent Quality."

Feature Story

--OUR, third place, "MSU's 'Action Team' Unlocks Quitman's Community Charm."

--OAC, honorable mention, "MSU Vet Students Travel, Volunteer."

Sport Story

--OUR, first place "Chelsea Bramlett: Softball Phenom Completes Stellar MSU Career;" and second place, "Stricklin Takes Deliberate Approach in Steering MSU Athletics."

--OAC, third place, "Wild Pigs Make Tracks All Over Mississippi;" and honorable mention, "Touchdowns and Dreams Fund Optimism for Youth."

Institutional Magazine

--BCoE, first place, "Momentum."

--OUR, second place, "Alumnus."

--OAC, third place, "Landmarks."

Admissions and Recruitment

--OUR and Division of Student Affairs, first place, "Parent Handbook."

Annual Report

--OUR and Office of Research and Economic Development, first place, "Research Windows 2010."

--OAC, second place, "Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine."

--BCoE, third place, "Dimensions 2008-09."

Special Publications

--OAC, third place, "Sam's Big Adventure Coloring Book."


--OUR and Office of Admissions and Scholarships, second place, "Continue Your Path. Make A Statement."

Single Piece of Artwork (non-sports)

--OAC, first place, "Moth Collection;" second place, "Anhydrous Ammonia Tractor Illustration;" and honorable mention, "Oil Spill Response."

Single Piece of Artwork (sports)

--BCoE, first place, "BCoE Football T-Shirt."


--OUR, first place, "Respect the Bell;" second place, "A 'Green' Study Area;" and third place, "(Jet) Blast from the Past."

--OAC, honorable mention, "Bell Tower."

Television News Story

--OAC, second place, "High Tunnel Field Day."

Television Programs

--OAC, first place, "Farm Week, April 16;" and second place, "Farm Week, Oct. 29."

Harriet Laird | University Relations

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