FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Executive Director of Communications and External Relations
Citrus College Wins Advertising, Marketing and Social Media Awards
Glendora, Calif. (Nov. 21, 2019) – Citrus College was recently awarded top honors from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) District 6. NCMPR is a professional organization for individuals involved in marketing, communications, public relations and enrollment management at community, junior and technical colleges.
The college's office of communications and external relations was presented with five NCMPR Medallion Awards during the organization's District 6 Conference, which was held in Park City, Utah, in late September. The awards recognize outstanding achievement and excellence in design and communication, with winners receiving gold, silver and bronze designations.
Citrus College received gold, silver and bronze in the outdoor media category; gold in the postcard category; and silver in the social media category.
"On behalf of the Citrus College community, I offer my sincere congratulations to our communications and external relations team," said Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, superintendent/president of Citrus College. "Effective communication is vital to any organization. The Citrus College Office of Communications and External Relations plays an important role in advancing the college's mission, and these awards affirm their hard work."
The only organization of its kind that exclusively represents marketing and public relations professionals at community colleges, NCMPR has more than 1,550 members from more than 650 colleges across the United States, Canada and other countries. District 6 includes Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah and United States territories in the Pacific, including Guam.
"I have the privilege of leading the college's communications and external relations team, whose creativity and talent is evident in the promotional and informational materials produced in support of the college's goals and objectives," said Melissa Utsuki, executive director of communications and external relations. "It is rewarding to be recognized for the great work we do for Citrus College."
In addition to the five medallion awards, Doug Schultz, Citrus College's communications supervisor, was named the District 6 "Rising Star" recipient for 2019. This award recognizes newcomers who have demonstrated special creativity or ability in marketing and public relations, and who show evidence of a promising future in the field. Since joining Citrus College in 2017, Mr. Schultz has implemented a request tracking system, built the college's social media channels, streamlined department processes, and led a branding and design refresh across the campus.
"Being recognized by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations is an honor that reflects the great progress the office of communications and external relations has made in recent years," said Susan M. Keith, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees. "This team supports the college's efforts to increase public awareness, enhance the institution's image and promote the outstanding work being done on a daily basis. Their commitment to excellence is appreciated, and I am certain they will receive many more recognitions in the years to come."