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Staff members take national awards


BLACKSBURG, Va., Nov. 17, 2006 – Four Virginia Tech communicators have won awards in the 2006 National Federation of Press Women communications contest. The awards were announced recently at the organization’s national conference in Denver.

Susan Trulove of Pulaski County, communication manager for the research division, received second place for Research Magazine in the four-color magazine category.

Lynn Nystrom of Christiansburg, director of news and external relations for the College of Engineering, took honorable mention for her work as faculty advisor to the Engineers’ Forum, the student magazine in the College of Engineering.

Mary Ann Johnson of Blacksburg, who recently retired as a writer and editor for agriculture and Extension communications, took second place for a public service campaign about Asian soybean rust.

Clara B. Cox of Blacksburg, director of university publications, received a first-place award for University Libraries: Sharing the Power of Knowledge in the four-color brochure category.

Only first place winners from state competitions competed in the national competition.

The National Federation of Press Women is a nationwide organization of women and men pursuing careers across the communications spectrum.