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University Excellence in Communications Awards 2021

University Excellence in Communications Awards

For the third year, the University Excellence in Communications Awards was a celebration of our outstanding university storytellers. Communicators from across the Forty Acres attended the ceremony on December 8 to recognize the remarkable work produced by their peers this year. Congratulations again to our 2021 winners! View the winners and finalists from 2020 and 2019.

Winners are shown in bold.

Social Media Finalists

Social media strategy demonstrated by a campaign or overall presence

Moody College Commencement Handwritten Notes

Lizzie Chen, Bithia Dantoumada, Anna Epstein
Moody College of Communication

The Cher Surprise: Celebrating the Fine Arts Class of 2021

Cami Yates
College of Fine Arts

The Great Transition: Presidential Social Media

Deseré Cross Ward
University Marketing and Communications

Community Outreach Finalists

Outreach campaigns or publications to external communities and non–UT Austin community partners in Texas​

Travis County Medical Society Virtual Town Hall

John Daigre, Linda Breining, Mary Cope, Ali Killian, Matthew Arias, Hannah Jane Collins, Carsen Russell, Adria Johnson, Shahreen Abedin
Dell Medical School

LBJ School 50th Anniversary

Lisa Porter, Laura McDonald
LBJ School

New Grounds Initiative Virtual Preview & Groundbreaking Celebration

Manny Alcala, Carlotta Stankiewicz, Anna Berns, Sarah Burleson, Jennifer Lioy
Blanton Museum of Art

Websites and Applications Finalists

Digital platforms such as websites, web and mobile applications, augmented reality, and/or virtual reality applications

Texas Career Engagement Website

Sam Heimbach, Olga Escamilla, Allie Nambo, Brian Kaleh, Amanda Karr
Enrollment Management

Protect Texas Together Website

Hillary Berquist, Charles Leverington, Kevin Rathge, Leroy Rosales, Rebecca Salazar, Avrel Seale, Thomas Swafford, Robin Meeks
University Marketing and Communications

Henry Tijerina
Executive Vice President and Provost

3D Room Tours
2400 Nueces Apartments (3D tour), Jester West (3D tour)

Cynthia Lew, Cailin Rosborough Jeylan Yolac, Dylan Santurri, Veronica Giavedoni, Joselyn Salazar, Rachel Hudson, Alayna Hudson, Mariana Medina
University Housing and Dining

Publications – Non-magazines Finalists

Non-story-centered publications (e.g., viewbooks, annual reports) produced online or in print

Global Engagement Report 2018 – 2020

Darcy McGillicuddy, Fiona Mazurenko, Jenan Taha
Texas Global

Annual Report Series, Bridging Barriers Grand Challenges

Adrienne Dawson, Mary Huber, Jenny Nelson Gray
Office of the Vice President for Research

Moody College Impact Report

Marketing and Communications Team
Moody College of Communication

Photography Finalists

Photography in a single work product or campaign (up to seven images). Photos are not required to have been taken by the same photographer.

Texas Connect Magazine, Sounds of Silence photo series

Marsha Miller
University Marketing and Communications

Longhorn Local Market

Alayna Hudson
University Housing and Dining

Capturing Back to School in a Pandemic Through Photography

Marc Speir
Moody College of Communication

Marketing and Development Campaigns Finalists

Campaigns produced online and/or in print

LBJ School 50 Forward: A Planned Giving Campaign

Adrienne Leyva, Maddie Pelan, Eva Mikes, Noah Israel, Tara Smith
University Development

Rachel Ciullo
LBJ School of Public Affairs

Adoria Sommer
University Marketing and Communications

Incoming and Continuing Student Anti-Melt Summer 2020 Campaign

Kathleen Mabley, Natalie England, Lizzie Chen, Amanda Buchanan, Marc Speir
Moody College of Communication

Dell Medical School 40 for Forty, Spring 2021 Campaign

Catherine Haltom, Holly Gaete, Kristin Tommey, Patrick Reyes, Rachel Deng, Carsen Russell, Liz Hoover
Dell Medical School

Kellie Sullivan
University Development Office

Writing Finalists

Long-form and/or short-form writing, published online or in print, single articles or multiple stories (up to three)

Profile of and Q&A with the University’s Incoming President

Avrel Seale
University Marketing and Communications

COVID-19 Vaccine Reporting
COVID-19 Vaccines with UT Ties Arrived Quickly After Years in the Making
COVID-19 Vaccine Innovation Could Dramatically Speed Up Worldwide Production
Human Trials Begin for a Low-Cost COVID-19 Vaccine to Extend Global Access

Marc Airhart
College of Natural Sciences

Article interpreting the Eyes of Texas History Committee Report

Avrel Seale
University Marketing and Communications

Cross-University Collaboration Finalists

Work by multiple teams and individuals collaborating across campus

Orange & Maroon: Texas Tough Campaign

Brooke Bulow, Jess Cybulski, Sara Kennedy, Heather Miller, Alma Garcia
Vice President for Student Affairs

Bianca Bellavia, Sarah McAbee, Maria Huang, Maddie Pelan, Christian Witte
University Development Office

UT COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign

Susan Hochman
University Health Services/Counseling and Mental Health Center

Melissa Loe
Financial and Administrative Services

Vaccine Distribution Communication Planning and Marketing

Melissa Loe, Veronica Treviño, Kerri Battles
Financial and Administrative Services

Susan Hochman
University Health Services

Jennifer Singer
University Marketing and Communications

Shahreen Abedin
Dell Medical School

Small But Mighty Finalists

Work by teams of three or fewer people in an office, school or unit that makes a big impact despite small resources​

State of Black UT, hosted by the Black Studies Collective

Deseré Cross Ward
University Marketing and Communications

Justice Madden
Warfield Center

Shaleiah Fox, Christina Bryant
African and African Diaspora Studies

Virtual International Women’s Day Celebration

Eva Tirion, Lesley Robinson
Kendra Scott Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute

Jessica Sutherland
College of Fine Arts

Compendium of Resources on Sexual Assualt – Video Training Tools

Caitlin Sulley, Victoria Camp, Melanie Susswein, Margaret Bassett, Noël Busch-Armendariz
Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

Internal Communications Finalists

Strategy, campaigns or publications focused on any UT Austin internal audiences: students, faculty or staff​

FAS Internal Vaccine Education

Kerri Battles, Veronica Treviño, James Buratti, Charlie Moore
Financial and Administrative Services

Get Out the Vote Social Media Campaign

Lisa Porter
LBJ School of Public Affairs

Integrated Online Campaign for Student Resources During COVID

Allie Nambo, Olga Escamilla, Brian Kaleh, Jennifer Love, Amanda Karr
Enrollment Management

Visual Design Finalists

Visual design, online or in print

2021 Senior Stories

Ryan Goeller, Jennifer Singer, Kevin Rathge, Susanne Bynum, Marsha Miller, Sara Lentz, Laurie O’Meara
University Marketing and Communications

Freshman Admit Packet with Gone to Texas Mailing

Cayce Canipe, Lucy Ledesma, Amanda Karr
Enrollment Management

Friends of the College Awards Dinner

Amanda Buchanan, Kathleen Mabley, Natalie England
Moody College of Communication

Media Relations Finalists

Placements and/or press coverage with external media

McCombs Faculty Research Publicity Packages
Big IdeasYouTube

Todd Savage, Molly Dannenmaier, Jeremy Simon, Matt Turner, Catenya McHenry
McCombs School of Business

From a Great Society to a Resilient Society, Government Executive Reprints

Steve Pedigo
LBJ School of Public Affairs

McCombs Op-Eds

Jeremy Simon, Molly Dannenmaier
McCombs School of Business

Publications – Magazines Finalists

Magazines (story-telling vehicles with narratives and images) produced online or in print

Wildflower Magazine, Fall/Winter 2020 and Spring/Summer 2021

Amy McCullough
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

McCombs Alumni Magazine

Todd Savage, Molly Dannenmaier
McCombs School of Business

Big Ideas Online Platform

Jeremy Simon
McCombs School of Business

Video Finalists

Video for a specific institutional purpose

Senior VP and CFO Darrell Bazzell on Receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine

Kerri Battles, Veronica Treviño
Financial and Administrative Services

Community & Well Being Modules: ‘Preparing Comfort’ & ‘Belonging’ Videos

Manny Alcala, Siobhan McCusker, Ray Williams
Blanton Museum of Art

Online Class Experience: Connecting, Learning, Building Community

Lizzie Chen
Moody College of Communication

Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Legacy

Marketing and Communications Team
Moody College of Communication