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Communications and Marketing Team Earns Awards from Arkansas Press Women

Photo of the Communications and Marketing Team by Ben Krain.
Photo of the Communications and Marketing Team by Ben Krain.

The UA Little Rock Communications and Marketing team has won a number of awards from the annual Arkansas Press Women Professional Communications Contest.

Angelita Faller, news director, Dr. Carrie Phillips, chief communications and marketing officer, Klansee Tozer, senior graphic designer, and Olivia Hicks, editorial assistant, received awards during a May 20 awards luncheon on the campus of the NorthWest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville.

“I want to express my appreciation and gratitude for the work that Carrie, Angie, Klansee, and Olivia are doing,” said Christian O’Neal, vice chancellor of university advancement. “They are a part of a team of marketing and communications professionals working collaboratively across campus with valued partners to help them achieve their goals. Hard work and professionalism earned them this due recognition from Arkansas Press Women.”

Faller and Phillips received first place for a Publication Regularly Edited by Entrant – Newsletter/other publication for the UA Little Rock Alumni Association Newsletter. Additionally, Phillips received first place in Public Relations Materials – Report for the UA Little Rock Annual Report.

Faller also received first place in Specialty Articles – Sports for “UA Little Rock Student Wins Legal Writing Contest for Exploration of Jock Taxes During COVID-19;” first place in Specialty Articles – History for “UA Little Rock Researchers Uncover History of American Indian Nurses in World War I;” and first place in Publication Regularly Written by Entrant – Newsletter/other publication for UA Little Rock Now.

Tozer received first place in Graphics and Design – Book Designed by Entrant for the Donaghey Scholars Honors Program Booklet as well as first place in Public Relations Material – Brochure for the Department of History Brochure.

“As a graphic designer working for a university, my creative hunger is fulfilled each day,” Tozer said. “The folks in the Donaghey Scholars Honors Program are always easy to work with so when I asked them if they were open to a redesign of their recruitment booklet incorporating our new brand elements, they were excited to see the outcome. Printing Services did a great job printing their eight-page, saddle stitched booklet, and they were pleased with the results.

The Department of History sent a request for help with their ‘Evenings With History Series’ brochure. The two-sided print piece consisted of 10 panels and four folds. Working with Printing Services, we were able to give this brochure a pop of gold shine with their new printing capabilities. It turned out beautifully and the folks in the Department of History thought it was fantastic. I am thankful for every creative opportunity.”

Hicks, a senior double majoring in mass communication and professional and technical writing, received first place in Collegiate/Education Writing – Features for “Hudson Graduates from UA Little Rock;” first place in College/Education Writing – Sports for “Disc Golf Makes Its Debut on UA Little Rock Campus;” and third place in Collegiate/Education Writing – News for “Forcum and Nadeem to Serve as New SGA President and Vice President.”

“I was so excited to learn that my stories won such prestigious awards, especially since I’m still a student,” Hicks said. “My work with MarComm the past two years has been the most rewarding experience of my college career, and being awarded for my stories are just the cherry on top.”

An affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women, APW was founded in 1949 by women working in Arkansas newspapers to provide an opportunity to compete and network in a male-dominated industry. The organization is now an association of communicators in journalism, public information, business, education, and government.

All first-place entries will go on to compete in the National Federation of Press Women competition. National winners are announced during the NFPW’s annual conference June 22-24 in Cincinnati, Ohio.