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Communicators earn top awards from an international organization

Published: 07/12/2016 4:26PM
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Brad Beckman, president of the Association of Communication Excellence (ACE) in Agriculture, Natural Resources, Life and Human Sciences, presents Russell Boone Jr., editor/ writer for Fort Valley State University Agricultural Communications Department and ChaNaè Bradley, FVSU senior communications specialist, awards during the 2016 conference in Memphis June 15.

The sounds of blues music, the scents of barbecue and the scenery of Beale Street served as a backdrop for three Fort Valley State University employees earning awards from an international organization.

The Association of Communication Excellence (ACE) in Agriculture, Natural Resources, Life and Human Sciences recently honored editor/writer Russell Boone Jr., graphic designer/website coordinator Jeffrey Brothers, and senior communications specialist, ChaNaè Bradley, with the 2016 Outstanding Professional Skill Award for Diversity. The trio also earned the 2016 Gold Award for Targeted Publications. They received the awards during the Critique and Awards Banquet in Memphis at the Memphis Peabody Hotel June 15.


Brad Beckman, president of ACE, presents ChaNaè Bradley, senior communications specialist, with the 2016 Pioneer Award in Memphis June 15.

The awards are a part of a critique and awards program where more than 300 college communications professionals submit projects completed within the past year. Multiple judges from across the nation and abroad with expertise in the areas of communications, graphic design, video production and social media review the entries. Awards are presented at bronze, silver and gold levels. Above the bronze, silver and gold categories are the Outstanding Professional Skill Awards.

The communicators received the awards for the creation of the 2015 agComplish magazine. agComplish, a magazine released in September of 2015, highlights FVSU’s College of Agriculture alumni and current students. The publication is available for viewing at http://ow.ly/Lbt03024ied

In addition to these awards, Bradley earned the 2016 Pioneer Award. This award is presented to an ACE member who demonstrates outstanding leadership and technical skills and makes significant contributions to ACE during their early years.

Bradley began her membership in ACE in 2010. Since her membership, she’s served as chair of the Media Relations Learning Community. In that role, she coordinated the creation of a social media training for communications professionals at land-grant universities across the country. She also spearheaded the creation of the agComplish magazine and helped to transform the Agricultural Communications Department from a print-based unit to newer media technologies.

ACE members and Terrence Wolfork, FVSU’s assistant administrator of communications, conferencing and technology, nominated Bradley for the award. Wolfork said these awards validate the hard work of FVSU’s Agricultural Communications personnel and provides recognition of their work on a national level.

Marquinta Gonzalez, director of FVSU’s Agricultural Communications Department, said she was excited for the team because of the hard work they incorporate in developing quality pieces for FVSU’s College of Agriculture and Extension. “These awards are not just given to the ‘prettiest’ designs, but are earned by creative teams that develop concepts to engage and impact their target audiences,” Gonzalez said.

For more information about ACE, visit aceweb.org.