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UW Staff Members Honored for Communications Excellence

January 18, 2011
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UW Photographer Ted Brummond's portrait of Anthropology Professor Marcel Kornfeld earned first place in the feature photography category.

University of Wyoming Communications specialists earned several awards during the Wyoming Press Association's (WPA) annual associates' group communications contest.

Winners were announced at the WPA's annual winter meeting last weekend at Little America in Cheyenne. The convention attracts Wyoming's newspaper professionals and also the WPA's associate members for two days of workshops, seminars and speakers.

UW staff members won five first-place awards in the associates' contest, four second places and two thirds. Following is a summary of UW's WPA awards and staff winners.

Photographer Ted Brummond received two first places for a feature photograph, "Marcel" and for "Sara" in the news photo category.

UWyo Magazine editor Dave Shelles also won two first-place awards in the publications/general information category and for the magazine article "In the Year of the Cowboy."

Milton Ontiveroz earned a first-place award in the news, single release category for "Post 9/11 GI Bill Program."

Second-place winners were Brummond for a news photo titled "Will"; Shelles for the magazine article "Never Let Anything Hold You Back"; Ontiveroz for "Program Tackles Teacher Shortage" in the news/feature single release category; and UW Photographer Trice Megginson placed second with "Ortiz Underwater" in the feature photo category. He also had two third-place awards for "Book Buy" in the news photo category and "Rhiannon" in the feature photo category.

Publications produced by UW Cooperative Extension Service (CES) also received awards at the WPA convention.

"Ag News," published three times a year, received second place in news-related publications. Ag News highlights the research, educational and outreach programs conducted by UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources faculty and staff members.

"Barnyards & Backyards," a quarterly magazine of the Small Acreage Issue Team of the UW CES, received second place in general information publications. The publication is part of a larger project that includes workshops, a website and other educational opportunities to provide Wyoming landowners (often small-acreage or new-to-the-land landowners) with information to manage their land in a sustainable manner.

Tana Stith, manager of the Office of Communications and Technology, is the graphic designer of the College of Agriculture publications, and Steve Miller is editor.

Next year's WPA annual winter convention will be at the UW Convention Center.

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