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Members of the Illini Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT), the flagship student organization of the Agricultural Communications Program, were named National ACT Chapter of the Year during the 17th Ag Media Summit held in Scottsdale, Arizona on July 25-29, 2015. The annual Summit is the largest meeting of the agriculture industry’s top writers, editors, photographers, publishers and ag communication specialists in the United States. Kelsey Litchfield, a junior, was elected national ACT...
Nick Ciffone
Nick Ciffone '10 ADV, was part of the team from TBWA Chiat Day that produced two Cannes Lion award-winning ads.  As the copywriter, Ciffone and his partner Dave Estrada, Art Director, came up with the ideas and took them from script through production.  Made in NY for Gatorade received: Gold in the Film Division - TV& Cinema Film, non-alcoholic drinks Silver in the Cyber Division – Craft, Storytelling  Sweat it to Get It for Gatorade received:...
Professor Lulu Rodriguez, director of the Agricultural Communications Program at the University of Illinois, earned international recognition recently for her teaching skills and contributions. The North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture organization presented the 2015 NACTA Educator Award to her during a June conference at the University of Georgia, Athens. This award recognizes individuals whose efforts represent the best in agricultural...
Alecia Swasy
Alecia Swasy, the Sleeman Scholar of Business Journalism and Professor in the College of Media, will be presenting a paper, Fry Cook at the Waffle House: How the Boundaries Inside U.S. Newspapers are Shifting in a Digital Age, at a conference in October. Negotiating Culture: Integrating Legacy and Digital Cultures in News Media, will be held in Oxford. The...
Owen Kulemeka
Owen Kulemeka ’11 Ph. D., public relations assistant professor with the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communications, passed away unexpectedly over the weekend.  Dean Jan Slater said, "Owen was a special person. He was a gifted teacher and a respected colleague. We are fortunate that he was part of our college and our lives. He will be missed." The Gaylord College announcement can be seen...

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