blog posts Communicator of the Year Award: Team Alma Sep 10, 2010 9:00 am631 views The Communicator of the Year Award goes to a team who played an integral role in extending the Illinois brand into the social media world of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube known simply as The Almas. Media Relations Award: Bill Bell, NCSA Sep 10, 2010 9:15 am568 views An important part of our next honorees duties is ensuring that his organization builds and protects its reputation as a national and international resource for scientists conducting cutting-edge research. That involves pushing exciting news to the media that reach audiences as diverse as scientists, government bureaucrats and corporate executives. It also means handling the crush of media interest when you announce that youre building one of the worlds most powerful computers. Team Player Award: The IT Excellence Team Sep 10, 2010 9:30 am477 views The team player award this year actually goes to a team. This group of communications professionals came together from across campus to address an opportunity to build the Illinois brand by leveraging our strength in information technology. Crisis Communication Award: Matt VanderZalm, International Programs & Studies Sep 10, 2010 9:45 am877 views The Crisis Communications Award goes to the communicator who has played a leadership role in responding to crisis situations. Innovation in Marketing Award: Jennifer La Montagne, Computer Science Sep 10, 2010 10:00 am375 views The Innovation in Marketing Award is given for creativity in the use of new media and/or other vehicles to promote a campus unit. This years recipient clearly understands that technology and gee-whiz applications arent the things that make marketing innovative. The best innovations come from creatively using the resources at hand in ways that create new connections with your audience. Branding Leadership Award: Jim Vattano, College of Engineering Sep 10, 2010 10:15 am670 views The Branding Leadership Award goes to Jim Vattano, a graphic designer with the College of Engineering Communications Office.