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Northeast marketing & PR department earns regional recognition

Northeast marketing & PR department earns regional recognition

OMAHA, Neb. – The marketing and public relations department at Northeast Community College has been recognized for excellence among two-year college communicators.

The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) presented the college’s marketing team with two gold, two silver and two bronze awards, while the public relations department received one silver award and one bronze award during its annual District 5 conference recently in Omaha.

The thirty-eight categories that make up the NCMPR Medallion Awards recognize outstanding achievement in design and communication at community and technical colleges in each of the organization’s seven districts.

“Rewarding excellence among two-year college communicators is one of many ways NCMPR supports the professional development of its members,” said Juan Gutierrez, president of the national NCMPR board of directors. “All of the awards, in their own way, say ‘Job well done.’”

The awards demonstrate the very best in design and communication at two-year and technical colleges within the association’s District 5, which comprises of the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota, the Canadian province of Manitoba, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Northeast’s marketing team earned gold and silver awards in the logo category for Legends Grille and Union Coffee in Union 73; gold and bronze awards in the interior signage/display – single or series category for Northeast’s history wall and Legends Grille; a bronze award in the successful recruitment or marketing program category for Spring Recruitment is Hypnotizing campaign; and a silver award in the social media or online marketing program category for fall/spring Tik Tok campaign.

In awarding the gold in the logo category for Legends Grille, judges said, “This is a great design. Many community colleges don’t have the opportunity or resources to do something like this. I hope the students and community love it.”

Northeast public relations earned silver and bronze awards in the excellence in writing category. The silver award was presented for an article on a Northeast paramedic student’s educational journey while the bronze was awarded for another article on the College’s veterinary technology program acquiring a tortoise and two turtles.

In presenting the silver for excellence in writing category, judges cited the story telling of the student and the paramedic program.

“Well written to tell the student’s story in a way that would be interesting to the general public while also giving a run-down of the program she represents.”

“It is again an honor to be recognized by NCMPR and our peers. There was exceptional work presented this year by all colleges represented in District 5,” said Crystal Hollmann, director of marketing at Northeast. “The Northeast marketing team strives to produce quality work that continues to elevate the Northeast brand. It’s rewarding to accept awards this year in a range of categories, from design work to our campaigns.”

Northeast’s award-winning pieces will now be considered for NCMPR's prestigious Paragon Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in design and communication at community and technical colleges on the national level.

The marketing team is made up of Jen Greve, executive director of marketing and recruitment; Hollmann, director of marketing; Tara Schilling, marketing coordinator; and Brian Headlee, graphic designer. Jim Curry serves as director of public relations.