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Public affairs and marketing staff honored with highest awards from public relations professional group

Award winners from the PRSA Polaris program
From left: Award winners from the PRSA Polaris program are Nancy Yuen, School of Dentistry editorial coordinator; Patricia Thio, special projects editor; Dustin Jones, special projects editor; Shelly Moore, marketing specialist; and Heather Watson, marketing specialist.
Staff from the office of public affairs and marketing won top honors at the Public Relations Society of America–California Inland Empire Chapter’s annual dinner and Polaris Award program, marking the eighth consecutive year the department has won awards at the event. The Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center team won seven awards in total at this year’s program, held April 26 at the Riverside Marriott.

Nancy Yuen, editorial coordinator for the School of Dentistry, won a Polaris Award for Loma Linda Dentistry Magazine in the magazines or periodicals, non-profit category.

Patricia Thio, special projects editor from the office of University relations, also won a Polaris Award for the video “Fighting For Life: Inside the NICU” in the multimedia category.

Dustin R. Jones, MA, public relations officer, Adventist Health International, and special projects editor, office of University relations, Loma Linda University, received a Polaris Award for his work on the 2004 AHI Annual Report. Richard H. Hart, MD, DrPH, president of Adventist Health International and chancellor of Loma Linda University, serves as executive editor for the annual report.

Mr. Jones also received a Polaris Award for the Summer 2005 issue of Scope, the official alumni magazine for Loma Linda University and Loma Linda University Medical Center. W. Augustus Cheatham, MSW, vice chancellor for public affairs, Loma Linda University, serves as executive editor of the magazine. Richard W. Weismeyer, director of University relations, is editor.

Mr. Jones also received the Capella Award for the Fall 2005 issue of Loma Linda Nurse magazine, the alumni magazine for the School of Nursing. Helen Emori King, PhD, RN, dean emeritus, School of Nursing, served as editor for that issue.

Jemellee Ambrose, operations manager for marketing, and Shelly Moore, marketing specialist, won a Capella Award for A Healthy Tomorrow in the external newsletter, nonprofit category.

Heather Watson, marketing specialist, won an honorable mention for “Cita Con Su Medico” in the multicultural program category.

Awards were judged by Public Relations Society of America members from other chapters and were designed to recognize outstanding public relations achievements from the previous year. The Inland Empire chapter presents two awards—the Capella Award for achievement in public relations and the Polaris Award for superior achievement in public relations.

By Preston Clarke Smith

TODAY news for Thursday, July 20, 2006