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Northeast marketing department recognized nationally for excellence

Northeast marketing department recognized nationally for excellence

DENVER, Colo. – The marketing department at Northeast Community College has been recognized among two-year college communicators from across the United States and Canada.

The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) presented the Northeast marketing team a Gold Paragon Award in the Logo Design category for its creation of the logo for Legends Grille in the college’s Union 73 on the Norfolk campus. The award was presented during the NCMPR National Conference in Denver.

NCMPR’s prestigious Paragon Awards recognize outstanding achievement in design and communication at community and technical colleges. It is the only national competition of its kind that honors excellence exclusively among marketing and public relations professionals at two-year colleges. Gold, silver and bronze awards were presented in each of 52 categories.

“Winning entries, from large and small colleges across the country and Canada, demonstrated creativity and originality that set them apart in this year’s competition,” according to the organization’s website. 

Brain Headlee, graphic designer at Northeast, created the logo in the restaurant on campus whose theme is reflected in the college’s athletic history.

“It isn’t every day that I get to work on projects like this one. The goal was to create an identity system that was as visually compelling as any restaurant that our students might go to off campus,” he said. “After sketching out several ideas, the “L” was one of the early sketches that I kept coming back to. The little flame was next, and it all snowballed from there.”

Headlee enjoyed working on the project and is appreciative of the recognition.

“The project was so much fun to work on and the brand really came together nicely with the beautiful job the construction company did on the restaurant itself. I’m really thankful to Northeast for encouraging us to submit work like this. It not only allows us the opportunity to compare our work against other colleges across the country, but we’re also able to gain new insights and ideas.”

As one of the fastest-growing affiliates of the American Association of Community Colleges, NCMPR has more than 1,500 members from nearly 550 colleges across the United States and Canada. The Northeast Community College Marketing Department serves as the clearinghouse for all marketing and promotional materials for the College.