The Texas A&M AgriLife Marketing and Communications team in the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences brought home nine awards from the annual Association for Communication Excellence, ACE, conference June 23-25 in Salt Lake City.

An award certificate: "Association for Communication Excellence presents the 2024 critique and awards program OPS Award Winner Photography 31 Picture Story for 'Daniel De Leon: The poultry judging graduate student' to Texas A&M AgriLife Marketing and Communications, Michael Miller"
Michael Miller, Texas A&M AgriLife multimedia project specialist, earned the Outstanding Professional Skill award from the Association for Communication Excellence, a professional society for land-grant communicators. (Courtney Sacco/Texas A&M AgriLife)

“These awards are an example of how we communicate the value of Texas A&M AgriLife and the mission of our agencies and College,” said Katherine Hancock assistant vice chancellor for marketing and communications for Texas A&M AgriLife. “We’re proud to showcase how we, as a land-grant university, provide innovative and science-based solutions that position Texas A&M AgriLife as a national model.”

Branded as “Driven by science, communicating for change,” ACE comprises communications professionals working for educational, governmental and research organizations to extend knowledge about agriculture, natural resources, and life and human sciences.

The ACE community sponsors a yearly critique and awards program for educational and promotional products created by universities in the land-grant system. The awards program provides members professional critiques of their work and recognizes those who have done an outstanding job.

​​Bringing home the accolades from ACE

In 2024, the Texas A&M AgriLife Marketing and Communications team brought home nine awards from ACE:

— Outstanding Professional Skill award – Picture Story – Daniel De León: The poultry judging graduate student — Michael Miller, multimedia project specialist.

— Gold Award – Picture Story – Daniel De León: The poultry judging graduate student — Miller.

— Gold Award – Environmental Portrait or Personality Photo – Nithya Rajan — Sam Craft, assistant director-visuals and multimedia.

— Silver Award – Electronic Media, Video and Audio Profile Videos – Daniel De León: Inspiring Others Through Poultry Judging — Courtney Sacco, multimedia project coordinator; Shelby Dittman, social media coordinator; Miller; Craft; Laura Muntean, media relations coordinator.

— Bronze Award – Information Technology Website – Department of Horticultural Sciences website – Elisabeth Button, assistant director-web initiatives; Shelby Schiller, web and information designer; Nolan Maldonado, web communications manager; Jared Leonguerrero, assistant director-web management; Paul Pleasant, assistant director-web operations.

— Bronze Award – Marketing Communications Campaign with Budget of $1,000 or Above – 2023 Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Health Summit — Mohamed Chenkhloufi, creative manager-brand and graphics; Button; Schiller; Rudy Ruedas, brand outreach specialist.  

— Bronze Award – Service Photo – Turfgrass Field Day — Miller.

— Bronze Award – Electronic Media, Video and Audio Promotional, Recruitment and Fundraising Products – Thank you | Legacy and Leadership 2023 – Sacco, Dittman, Miller and Craft.

— Bronze Award – Feature Photo: One Image that Effectively Tells a Story – On the Lake study trip — Craft.

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