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Clark College’s 75th anniversary celebration may be over, but the college is still in the “spotlight.”

During the annual Spotlight Awards ceremony of the Portland Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), held on Nov. 4, the college earned a 2009 Spotlight Award for its 75th anniversary celebration.

In the event or observance category, the college received the award for its entry documenting the research, planning, execution, and evaluation of Clark’s yearlong diamond anniversary. One judge wrote: “Very thorough, well thought out plan with multiple goals in mind that were clearly researched and exceeded.”

Cover of Clark College 75th anniversary bookClark College also won awards of merit for the 2009 State of the College address and for Voices & Dreams, the commemorative book for the 75th anniversary.

The work honored by PRSA reflected the work done by Clark’s college-wide 75th anniversary planning committee. The committee was chaired by Clark
College Foundation Vice President of Development Ara Serjoie. Members included Nancy Abel, Kathy Chatfield, Kay Cooke, Narek Daniyelyan, Michelle Golder, Nancy Johnson, May Jolly, Barbara Kerr, Jennifer Lea, John Marshall, Barbara Miller, Julian Nelson, Cindi Olson, Tracy Reilly Kelly, Patti Serrano, Linda Tuve, Vanessa Watkins and Carrie Weikel-Delaplane.

The college’s 75th anniversary commemorative book was created by writer Tricia Jones, editor Barbara Kerr, and designer Pat McDonald. The 75th anniversary celebration and commemorative book were both made possible by donor support provided through the Clark College Foundation.

The awards, described by one speaker as the “top communications award” in
the region, are given annually for excellence. Judges may choose to give no
award, an award of merit, or the Spotlight Award (top honors). This year’s
entries were judged by communications professionals in Philadelphia.

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