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Communicators take nine Virginia Press Women awards


BLACKSBURG, Va., April 17, 2008 – Three Virginia Tech communicators have won Virginia Press Women awards. The winners — Susan Trulove, research division communications manager; Clara Cox, university publications director; and Heather Riley Chadwick, College of Architecture and Urban Studies communication manager — were announced at the Virginia Press Women Annual Spring Conference in Staunton, Va.

Newspaper writing, public relations, advertising, photo journalism, Web and magazine writing, and radio and television categories were judged by representatives from national media, including The Washington Post and National Public Radio; award-winning communicators from major universities; well-published authors; a veteran book publisher and an Associated Press-qualified Public Relations and advertising agency. Entries that received first place are advanced to the National Federation of Press Women contest.

Susan Trulove, of Pulaski County, won four awards. She received first place for four-color magazine for Virginia Tech Research Magazine and first place for news or feature release, single release, for “Novel Sugar-to-Hydrogen Technology Promises Transportation Fuel Independence.” Trulove also received a second place award for special articles, science, for “Virginia Tech study reveals predation-evolution link" and "Ancestor of modern trees preserves record of ancient climate change,” and third place for four-color brochure for Vision: Research Centers, Institutes, Laboratories, Groups at Virginia Tech. Both the research magazine and the brochure were designed by Barbara Corbett, publications production coordinator with University Relations.

Clara Cox, of Blacksburg, won three awards. She received first place for both public relations printed materials, brochure, for “Remembrance” and first place for achievement/research, individual achievement print, for “Virginia Tech Publications: After the Tragedy.” She also received a second place award for speeches.

Heather Riley Chadwick, of Blacksburg, won two awards. She received first place for public relations printed materials, catalog, educational institutions, for “Deans’ Forum on the Environment.” She also received second place for public relations printed materials, catalog, educational institutions, for “Women of CAUSe: Three Generations of Academic Excellence in Learning, Discovery, and Engagement.”