19 Jun

Five WVU Tech communications projects were recognized at this year’s Public Relations Society of America Crystal Awards in Charleston on Wednesday, June 18.

Hosted at the Edgewood Country Club by the West Virginia chapter of the PRSA, the Crystal Awards recognize outstanding communications and public relations campaigns throughout the state.

The university received a Crystal Award for its 2013 “Holiday Celebration” card featuring a panoramic shot of WVU Tech staff, faculty, alumni and students enjoying holiday festivities. The photograph was taken by talented photographer Chris Gosses of Gosses Photography with art direction provided by WVU Tech Graphic Designer Katrina Baker. The card was released with an accompanying website and social media campaign detailing campus success stories from the year.

WVU Tech’s 2013 recruitment and USCAA National Soccer Tournament campaigns were also recognized, receiving honorable mentions in the categories of Integrated Communications and Special Events, respectively.

In addition to the Crystal Award, the university was selected for two Awards of Merit at the PRSA district Diamond Awards level for the 2012 “Recipe for Success” holiday card and 2012 Integrated Recruitment Campaign. The PRSA’s East Central District includes 16 PRSA chapters in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky.

Wednesday’s event recognized communications teams from a variety of industries and allowed groups to meet and share successful campaign stories.

“We’re a small team and we stay busy, so it’s nice to have a night to reflect on what we’ve accomplished over the last year and be in the company of so many highly respected communications professionals,” said Baker.

WVU Tech’s awards represent the work of University Relations team members Katrina Baker, Bok Kwee Toh, Tara Hines and WVU Tech student Angel Thompson.


WVU Tech’s 2013 “Holiday Celebration” card, winner of a 2014 PRSA Crystal Award.


WVU Tech’s 2012 “Recipe for Success” holiday card received a PRSA East Central District Award of Merit.

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