July 1, 2009


College Wins ACCSPRA Awards at State Conference

Northeast Alabama Community College received awards at the Alabama Community College System Public Relations Association 2009 summer conference held recently in Montgomery.

During the conference, the Pyramid Awards ceremony recognized two-year college marketing professionals who submitted marketing items created and used during the 2008 year. Winners received either a Pyramid Award or Certificates of Achievement or Merit.

The NACC Appalachian Teaching project Documentary/DVD won the top Pyramid Award in the Video/Radio Program category. The DVD was done by Don Reeves, Robert Moehr, and students in the Ethics and Society classes at Northeast. It features a wide-range of musicians from the area who have had a national impact. It is one of a series of documentaries that Reeves, Moehr and the Northeast students have created as a part of the Appalachian Teaching Project. Don Reeves is Instructor of Religion and Philosophy at NACC and Robert Moehr is the Director and Film Editor for the DVD.

Debra Barrentine, Director of Promotions and Marketing, won an Award of Achievement in the News Writing category for her article, “Like a Good Neighbor—Hurricane Gustav Evacuees Sheltered at NACC”. The article featured interviews with several of the evacuees and a personal observation upon touring the shelter site. Some 260 evacuees who fled the path of Hurricane Gustav were housed on the NACC campus in September of 2008.

The Yearbook Staff won an Award of Merit in the Student Publications category for the Backroads Yearbook 2008 “Picturesque.” This is the 35th volume of Backroads. Backroads is prepared annually by students participating in the Mass Communications classes at NACC. The sponsor for the winning yearbook was Carolyn Jones; the current yearbook sponsor is Jessica Whitmore, who accepted the award on behalf of Jones and the Yearbook Staff.

“Mrs. Barrentine, Mr. Reeves, and Mrs. Whitmore and the yearbook staff are to be commended for these awards,” stated NACC President Dr. David Campbell. “It is very important that we provide information to the community about all the great things that are going on at Northeast and we achieve this through our outstanding promotions and marketing. It is great to see our staff members recognized for their accomplishments at the state level.”

Barrentine attended the two-day ACCSPRA conference. Dr. Joseph Trahan, Public Affairs/Public Relations specialist; Ken Hare, Montgomery Advertiser Editorial Page Editor; John Bitter, Public Relations professional; and Kay Yarbrough, Certified APR were the featured presenters.

The mission of ACCSPRA is to enhance the image, strengthen and promote awareness and public perception of the Alabama College System.

Dr. David Campbell, President of NACC, congratulates the winners of the ACCSPRA awards. Pictured are (L-R) Don Reeves, Instructor of Religion and Philosophy; Jessica Whitmore, Yearbook Sponsor; Dr. David Campbell; and Debra Barrentine, Director of Promotions and Marketing.

Article written by Debra Barrentine. Photo taken by Pat Wildman.