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Research Publications staff wins big

October 05, 2007

Bigger does not always mean better, and having the biggest budget doesn’t always equate with production of the best work.

Staff members at ASU’s Office of Research Publications know that mantra well.

This year, they went up against some of the world’s biggest public relations and publication design firms – and beat them all.

Director Conrad J. Storad and his staff members earned three Silver Quill awards during the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Southern Region’s annual competition.

The region includes professional communicators from 27 IABC chapters located in 14 U.S. states and 15 countries and territories in North and South America.

“Very few university-based communication professionals ever enter this competition, let alone win awards,” Storad says. “My tiny staff’s superior talent and publication expertise beat the best work that many large corporations had to offer. Some of those organizations boast huge staffs that are backed with big bucks production budgets. I am glad the judges recognized quality work.”

ASU staff members won Silver Quills in three categories. Storad and art director Michael Hagelberg’s work on ASU Research Magazine earned the award for best magazine.

The magazine’s newly designed Web site won a Silver Quill in the electronic communications category. Hagelberg, managing editor Diane Boudreau, and web site designer Stephanie Mabee shared that award.

Freelance writer Melissa Crytzer Fry also won a Silver Quill in feature writing for her cover story in the latest edition of ASU Research.

The story, titled “The art of leaving,” profiled the unique collaboration between ASU writers and musicians and the Mayo Clinic’s palliative care program for terminally ill patients.

Since 1986, Research Publications staff members have won 285 regional, national and international awards from a variety of professional organizations for their writing, editing, illustration, photography and publication design work.