Public Affairs Staffers Receive 19 IABC/Pittsburgh Awards

Issue Date: 
October 20, 2008


The University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Public Affairs was honored with 18 awards by the Pittsburgh chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).

Five projects produced by Public Affairs claimed the top prize, the Award of Excellence, in their categories. The other 14 entries received Awards of Honor.

The honors were presented Oct. 7 at the 29th annual Golden Triangle Awards ceremony, held in the Power Center Ballroom on Duquesne University’s campus. Master of ceremonies was Bill Flanagan, executive vice president of corporate relations for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and its affiliated organizations.

The Golden Triangle Awards, presented by IABC/Pittsburgh, recognize excellence in communications management, skills, and creativity throughout Western Pennsylvania.

In all, 17 Awards of Excellence and 44 Awards of Honor were presented at this year’s competition.

IABC/Pittsburgh presented Office of Public Affairs projects and staff members with the following five Awards of Excellence:

Communications Management—Tuskegee Airmen, the celebration of the Tuskegee Airmen, the group of Black pilots who distinguished themselves as the best escort plane service in the U.S. military during World War II;

Graphic Design/Poster—Rainey Dermond, PITT ARTS;

Interactive Media Design— Cool Pittsburgh;

Writing/News—Kimberly Barlow, “Climbers Check Out Heinz Chapel,” University Times; and

Writing/Features—Diane Weathers, “Flying Lessons,” Pitt Magazine.

Fourteen Awards of Honor were presented in 12 categories:

Electronic and Digital Communication/Web sites—Pitt Business Web site;

Graphic Design/Poster—Rainey Dermond, Jazz 2007;

Graphic Design/Other—Marci Belchick-Beas, Tuskegee Airman Package;

Interactive Media Design—Environmental Studies;

Publication Design/Magazines—Elena G. Cerri, Pitt Med, and Don Henderson, Pitt Engineer;

Publication Design/Annual Reports—Marci Belchick-Beas, 2007 Report of Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg;

Publications/Magazines—Pitt Med;

Publications/Annual Reports—2007 Report of Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg;

Publications/Newspapers and Tabloids—Pitt Chronicle;

Special Events—Tuskegee Airmen;

Writing/Features—Elaine Vitone, “What Possessed You?,” Pitt Med, and Kimberly Barlow and Peter Hart, “Cleaning It Up,” University Times; and

Writing/News—Cara Hayden, “The Greening of Vandergrift,” Pitt Magazine.

IABC is a not-for-profit international network of public relations and marketing professionals that develops educational resources, services, and activities for individuals and organizations in the field.