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Office of public affairs staff win awards

Two staff members from the office of public affairs were recipients of public relations awards from competitions held in April.

Dustin R. Jones, MA, special projects editor, office of University relations, received the Award of Excellence for his work on LLU&LLUMC Scope, Summer 2005 issue. Mr. Jones serves as managing editor for Scope. Richard W. Weismeyer, director of University relations, serves as editor; and W. Augustus Cheatham, MSW, vice president for public affairs & marketing, Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center, serves as executive editor.

Scope is the flagship publication for Loma Linda University and Loma Linda University Medical Center. With a mailing list of more than 30,000, Scope is sent to alumni, donors, and friends of LLU&LLUMC.

Mr. Jones also received the Award of Distinction for the Adventist Health International (AHI) 2004 Annual Report. Richard H. Hart, MD, DrPH, chancellor of Loma Linda University, and president of AHI, was executive editor.

The AHI Annual Report provides a yearly update of the countries that AHI is currently involved in. Pictures, stories, and letters from the field help to highlight the many needs that AHI helps to fulfill across the globe.

The Communicator Awards program is an international awards competition that recognizes outstanding work in the field of communications.

Entries are judged by industry professionals who look for companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry.

Winners of the Communicator Awards come from advertising and public relations agencies, corporate communications departments, educational institutions, government entities, designers, writers, video production professionals, broadcast and cable operations, and other businesses and individuals throughout the country.

The Award of Distinction is awarded for projects that exceed industry standards in communicating a message or idea.

The Communicator’s prestigious Award of Excellence is presented to those entrants whose ability to communicate places them among the best in their field. Crystal Award of Excellence winners are listed on the Communicator Awards website at <www.communicatorawards.com>.

Patricia K. Thio, special projects editor, office of University relations, received the Aegis Winner Award, Videographer Award of Distinction, and the Bronze Telly Award for “Footsteps of the Unknown,” an LLU and Adventist Health International film.

“Footsteps of the Unknown” is a short documentary on the stories surrounding Gimbie Adventist Hospital in Ethiopia. For more information and to learn how to obtain a copy of the DVD, please visit AHI’s site at  adventisthealthinternational.org.

By Richard Weismeyer

TODAY news for Thursday, June 29, 2006