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Visual and Broadcast Communications wins ACE awards


BLACKSBURG, Va., June 30, 2005 – Several members of Virginia Tech’s University Relations Visual and Broadcast Communications won international 2005 ACE Critique and Awards honors at the June 1 awards banquet and meeting of the Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences held in San Antonio, Texas.

ACE is an international association of communicators and information technologists who work in universities, government agencies, and research organizations in the public and private sector.

Randall R. Stith, director of Visual and Broadcast Communications, Gabrielle Amos Minnich, a producer/director, and Keith Thomas, a TV/video producer/director, won the Outstanding Professional Skill Award for Electronic Media, Video, for “Virginia Tech: Dreams.” They also won a Gold Award for that entry.

A letter from Virginia Morgan, ACE president-elect, noted that the Gold winners from each class in the category were judged against one another, “and your entry, ‘Virginia Tech: Dreams’ was selected as the ‘best of the best.’”

Dan Mirolli, TV/video producer/director senior, and Stith won a Gold Award in Spot Production for the entry “Food Safety Task Force PSA.”

Minnich, Stith, and Josh Napier, video production specialist, won a Silver Award in Promotional Productions for their entry “Virginia Tech Challenge.”

Minnich also won a Silver Award for “Bowl Halftime Spot” in the Radio Programs and Spots category.

Virginia Tech’s awards were “quite an accomplishment, considering that 362 entries were submitted in this year’s Critique and Awards program,” Morgan said. “You deserve much credit and recognition for your excellent work.



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