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UW Extension Communications Professionals Receive National Recognition

July 11, 2022
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The UW Extension communications team received a gold award from the Association for Communication Excellence for the 2021 Reflections research magazine. (UW Photo)

Two members of the University of Wyoming Extension communications team recently received national honors from the Association for Communication Excellence (ACE).

ACE recognized Tanya Engel and Steve Miller, of the UW Extension Office of Communications and Technology, for their outstanding work on two annual publications produced by the UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Awards were presented at the 2022 ACE Conference in Kansas City, Mo., last month.

ACE is a professional oraganization composed of communicators, faculty and administrators from colleges of agriculture at land-grant universities and ag-related industries across the country.

“It’s gratifying to see our UW Extension communications team producing work that competes with the best products from some of the largest land-grant universities in the country,” says David Keto, manager of the UW Extension Office of Communications and Technology.

Reflections, the college’s annual research magazine, received a gold award in the technical publications category. Miller, now retired, was the editor of the magazine, and Engel was the graphic designer. 

“Tanya Engel and Steve Miller have done a phenomenal job translating complex research into an eye-catching and easy-to-understand magazine that highlights the cutting-edge research of our Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station,” Keto says.

Downloadable copies of Reflections are available at

Engel also earned a bronze award in the enhanced photo category for a shot she took of Pistol and Pete, UW’s draft horse team. The photo is the cover image of the 2022 Pistol and Pete calendar, and it features the two horses standing in the doorway of a historic building at the UW farm in Laramie.

The winning photo and iconic calendar “do a great job bringing out the personality of our draft horse team,” Keto says. “Thanks to Engel’s creativity, each year’s calendar features a fresh set of fun, and sometimes funny, photos capturing Pistol and Pete in action.” 

For copies of the 2022 calendar, call the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station’s main office at (307) 766-3667 or email

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