Clemson agriculture PR team wins national awards
CLEMSON — Clemson Public Service and Agriculture (PSA) public relations specialists won five awards from the national association for land-grant university communication professionals, who promote and explain research and news about food we eat, fiber we wear and fuel we use to run our homes and businesses.
PSA writers, photographers, designers and digital experts work to highlight Clemson research; Extension; and regulatory programs in agriculture, forestry and natural resources, which together create South Carolina’s largest industry.
The Association for Communication Excellence presented the awards at the organization’s annual conference in Charleston in June. Clemson received three silver and two bronze awards in the juried competitions.
“We had a very strong showing when you compare Clemson to the big land-grant universities with communication staffs of 20 people or more,” said Jonathan Veit, PSA communications director. “We have nine on our staff.”
Clemson awards won at the 2015 ACE Conference include:
- Writing: Peter Kent, “Tidy bees are healthy bees”
- Marketing on a small budget: Extension centennial picture of the day: Peter Togel, Walker Massey, Donna Bowen
- Photography: Peter Togel, “Embrace 4-H”
- Writing: Peter Kent, “Help for the overheated bull”
- Information technology: Donna Bowen, online training.
“The act of imparting what we know to help promote the prosperity of South Carolinians is at the heart of Clemson’s land-grant mission,” said George Askew, vice president for Public Service and Agriculture and dean of the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences, speaking about another recent honor won by the PSA communications team.
Clemson Impacts magazine, which presents research-based knowledge to South Carolina citizens, won a Notable State Document award from the South Carolina State Library. It was one of 10 publications and websites chosen from 25,000 state documents.