University staff honored by press association

2:55 p.m., May 3, 2007--A University professor and several staff members were honored at the Delaware Press Association's 2007 Communications Contest awards banquet held April 24 in Wilmington.

The awardees were Ralph Begleiter, Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor of Communication and distinguished journalist in residence at UD; and UD Office of Public Relations staff members Ann Manser, senior editorial coordinator; David Barczak, senior art director; Pamela Donnelly, production coordinator; Tracey Bryant, assistant director; Lane McLaughlin, assistant director; Cornelia Weil, senior editorial coordinator; Molly Chappell, art director; and John Brennan, director of public relations and assistant to the president.

The awards were as follows:

  • Begleiter, first place in the special programming, television, category for “Ready...Or Not,” which was shown on the UD Student Television Network;
  • Manser, first place in the feature story, general or specialized circulation category, for “The Park That Never Sleeps,” in the UD Messenger;
  • Manser, first place in the headline writing category for various headlines, including “At This Business, It's All Work and Lots of Play,” in the UD Messenger;
  • Barczak, Donnelly and Bryant, first place in the single-sheet poster category for “UD Coast Day 2006--Celebrate Delaware's Coastal Heritage,” for the Delaware Sea Grant Program;
  • McLaughlin, Weil and Brennan, second place in the community or institutional relations category for “Now & Then--UD 2007 Engagement Calendar,” for UD's Office of Public Relations (OPR);
  • Bryant, Barczak and Donnelly, first place in the external annual report category for University of Delaware Sea Grant Reporter, for Delaware Sea Grant;
  • Manser, Weil and Chappell, first place in the four-color magazine category for UD Messenger, Vol. 14, No. 4, for OPR;
  • Barczak, Bryant and Donnelly, first, second and third place in the four-color brochure category for “Dogfish Shark Model,” “Horseshoe Crab: A Creature That Crawled Out of the Past” and “Seafood is Good for You!” for Delaware Sea Grant;
  • Barczak, Bryant and Donnelly, first place in the catalog educational institution category for Marine Education & Outreach Resource Guide for Delaware Sea Grant;
  • Bryant, first place in the news or feature release, single news release category, for “Scientists Use Satellites to Detect Deep-ocean Whirlpools,” for Delaware Sea Grant;
  • Bryant, first place in the news or feature release, multiple releases category, for “Manganese Can Keep Toxic Hydrogen Sulfide Zones in Check in Aquatic Systems,” for OPR; and
  • Bryant, Barczak and Donnelly, first place in the individual achievement (print or broadcast) category for their work on the 2006 Delaware Sea Grant Program Assessment Team Briefing Report, for Delaware Sea Grant.

"The UD Messenger has won previous awards from the Delaware Press
Association and other professional organizations,” Manser said. “With the magazine's recent redesign, we're especially pleased that our efforts to provide our readers with a quality publication have been recognized again."

McLaughlin said the idea for the “Now & Then” UD engagement calendar, which features historical and current photos of the University, originated with Mary Hempel, the late assistant to the president and director of the Office of Public Relations. “There are so many photographers that contributed to this piece. They should all be congratulated,” McLaughlin said. “It was a pleasure to design a piece that features such great photography.”

Bryant also received one of three Sweepstakes Awards given at the banquet on the basis of total accumulated awards. “I was delighted to receive the award, but it really acknowledges the collaboration of our team in research communications on a number of projects completed this year for the College of Marine and Earth Studies and the Office of Public Relations,” Bryant said, referring to her colleagues Barczak and Donnelly.

“It's great to see University of Delaware projects recognized, and I'm particularly proud that many awards went to members of the Office of Public Relations staff,” Brennan said.

Article by Julia Parmley, AS '07