Marketing and Communications takes home nine awards at regional marketing event

The Marketing and Communications office at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast received seven Medallion Awards, including three golds, at the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (or NCMPR) District 3 Conference in Columbus, Ohio, this week.


Ivy Tech Community College Northeast assistant director of Marketing and Communications Aja Michael and executive director of Marketing and Communications Andrew Welch with their awards from the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations District 3 Conference. Michael received the Rising Star award, and Welch was named Communicator of the Year.

In addition to the college’s awards, listed in full below, assistant director Aja Michael was named the region’s Rising Star, an award new this year that recognizes an up-and-coming communications professional at a two-year community or technical college who shows evidence of a promising future; exectuive director Andrew Welch was named Communicator of the Year, which recognizes a two-year college marketing, public relations, or communications professional who has demonstrated leadership in college communications and marketing.

“We have a small—but mighty—team of creative individuals that works toward a common goal each day,” Welch said. “The dedication and mind power of our marketing and communications staff creates a space where it’s easy to come to work, and you know what you’re doing is making a difference in people’s lives.”

The five-person staff won medallions in the following areas:

  • Newsletter, for Inside Ivy Tech, a quarterly college publication (gold medal)
  • Specialty advertising, for a small table-top welded plane created to announce the dedication of the college’s Aviation Center at Smith Field (gold medal)
  • Fundraising/annual/multi-year campaign, for A Reason to Taste, the annual fundraiser put on in part by Hospitality Administration students (gold medal)
  • Radio Advertisement/PSA Series, for the “50 reasons, 50 years” campaign that celebrated the college’s 50th anniversary (silver medal)
  • Media success story, for the media coverage the INSPIRE Academy event with the Kinetic King drew (silver medal)
  • Government relations or community relations project, for the college’s Celebrating our Faculty program, which recognizes successful faculty members at Ivy Tech Northeast (silver medal)
  • Feature article/general news story, for an Inside Ivy Tech feature on Glenda Watkins, a former boxer who graduated from Ivy Tech Northeast’s Construction Technology program (bronze medal)

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