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Released May 26, 2004


HATTIESBURG -- The University of Southern Mississippi's Jenny Watson, Angela Cutrer, Lisa Mader and Valerie Craig won the "Public Relations Innovations" first-place award for the recently completed university-wide "Southern Miss Web Design Project." The recognition was one of 17 brought home by The University of Southern Mississippi's Department of Marketing and Public Relations from the College Public Relations Association of Mississippi (CPRAM) annual conference held May 24-25 in Natchez.

"We're excited about the acknowledgment from CPRAM," said Mader, director of Southern Miss marketing and public relations. "It's a terrific showing of the employees of the Department of Marketing and Public Relations at Southern Miss."

David Tisdale, assistant director for news and marketing, won first place in sports stories with his "Southern Miss football team chaplain gives Golden Eagles spiritual lift" and second place with his "Chattanooga man's love for Southern Miss football team inspires donation." The Gulf Coast's manager of marketing and recruitment, Catherine Sliman, won first in advertisements with her "Experience the Tradition," and Melanie Kemp, marketing and financial affairs manager, and Kellie Burnham, graphic designer in Publication and Printing Services, won second place in the viewbook category for "Southern Miss Comprehensive Piece."

Media production manager Steve Rouse won first place in black-and-white photography for "Camerata Rehearsal" and first place in digital/art photography for "Color Guard Supports Troops." Rouse's "Institutional Spot 2003" won third in television spots, and he and Mader won third in television programs for "Year in Review."

The Gulf Coast's director of public relations and recruitment, Shelia White, and public relations coordinator, Christopher Rolley, won third place for public relations campaigns for "Ride to the Rock," and Kemp and Rouse won second place in the exhibits category for "University Display Stand." Watson, Web developer, also won second place in Web pages for "Southern Miss Marketing and PR Web Site."

Cutrer, assistant director for news and marketing, won first place in feature stories with "An Uncommon Man." She took home first place in the PowerPoint presentation category for "AP Style in a PR World," while Rouse and Mader placed second for "Brand Identity."

In the tabloid publication category, Cutrer and Kemp won second for the October and November editions of "Update." In the creative partners category, Mader, Cutrer and Kemp worked with Beau Rivage's Mary Cracchiolo; Southern Miss Marketing and Public Relations assistant Leigh Anne Wilson and editorial assistant Landy Laird; Symphony Orchestra Director Jay Dean; and the College of Arts and Letters' Angela Kilcrease to take home the first-place award for "Placido Domingo to Perform."


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