The Public Relations Society of America presented one of its most prestigious national awards to Colorado State University’s media and community relations department at a ceremony in New York City.
The Silver Anvil Award for Crisis Communications was presented to the department last week for its public relations work after the flood of July 1997.
The PRSA presents its annual Silver Anvil Awards to public relations practitioners who have successfully addressed contemporary issues with exemplary professional skill, creativity and resourcefulness. The Silver Anvil, representing the forging of public opinion, is awarded to public relations programs that meet the highest standards of research, planning, execution and evaluation.
This year’s Silver Anvil winners, selected by judges in New York City and Chicago, were selected from a record 758 entries throughout the nation. Finalists included major national and international corporations and the United States Army and Navy.
"It’s quite an honor and is a recognition of the hard work of all of the staff in the department," said Tom Milligan, director of media and community relations. "But the award also reflects the long hours and hard work of the entire university community to not just recover from the flood, but to come back better than ever."
In addition, Colorado State’s department of media and community relations received a Gold Medal in Crisis Management from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
CASE, an international association of education advancement officers, annually identifies and rewards excellence in the areas of communications and alumni relations.
Members of the media and community relations and outreach communications and technology staff who were instrumental in working on public relations during the flood of July 1997 include:
Tom Milligan, director;
Michelle Rovang, community relations manager;
Carrie Schafer, media relations and lead science writer;
Cara Neth, communications coordinator;
June Greist, media and community relations;
Greg Hoeck, Web administrator;
Jim Bolick, Comment editor;
Paul Miller, Comment assistant editor and department editor;
Joe Vasos, video production;
Greg O’Malia, video production;
Rita Deike, office manager;
Shirley Salisbury, administrative assistant;
Katherine Timm, OCT manager;
Adrian Sherrill, special projects coordinator for OCT;
Alice Timm, administrative assistant;
Ann Rovang, intern;
Miranda Williams, student employee;
KariLynn Howard, student employee;
Liz Pierson, student employee.