MARKETING MEDALLIONS - RLC Director of Marketing and Public Information Chad Copple, LEFT, and Nathan Wheeler, assistant director in the department, stand for a photo with National Council for Marketing and Public Relations District 3 Director Mae Hanna. Rend Lake College received NCMPR Medallion Awards last week for the college's new logo design and Wheeler's feature story, "The Long Journey of Dey Tuach Dey." CLICK HERE for a larger image.
INA, Ill. - Rend Lake College and a member of its staff were honored with Medallion Awards last Wednesday during the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations District 3 Conference in Indianapolis, Ind.
Hundreds of contest entries from college marketing and public relations professionals in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and the Canadian province of Ontario were collected by the organization for Medallion judging. Rend Lake College was awarded bronze for its new logo featuring the Ina campus clock tower. The logo was developed by college staff, faculty and students, in collaboration with Arthur Agency as part of a rebranding campaign.
"Many of the awards presented that night were the product of one or a few individuals in a department somewhere," RLC Director of Marketing and Public Information Chad Copple said. "It felt great to walk onto that stage and collect an award that represents the hard work and creativity of individuals from all across our campus."
Also receiving a NCMPR Bronze Medallion of Merit was Nathan Wheeler for his feature story, "The Long Journey of Dey Tuach Dey." The story was published in the July issue of Southern Illinois Sports Connection, a magazine from High Road Publications. Wheeler is assistant director of marketing and public information at the college.
"I am really honored," Wheeler said. "A lot of stories come across my desk. And while most are good in one way or another, none have compared to Dey Tuach Dey. His story is wrenching and uplifting, and I'd like to think he shares this honor with me. I mean, he lived it. I just wrote about it. And that was enough pressure, just to get it right and write it well. I really thank him for telling it to me. It's one of those stories with great lessons around every turn."
Dey Tuach Dey is a cross country and track runner on full scholarship at the University of Arkansas who graduated from RLC in July. He was an All-American at RLC who helped the Warriors to a national cross country title last year. When he was just 7 years old, civil war entered his village in Sudan, causing him to flee with another family. Separated from his own family, Tuach and the group began a perilous hike across unforgiving African plains. Four months later, they arrived at the Ethiopian refugee camp that would prove to be his gateway to America and a better life. Just this spring, he discovered his family is alive and still living in Sudan. However, his father is gravely ill, leaving Tuach torn between living his dream or finding a way to reunite with a family he once thought lost.
These are the first NCMPR Medallion Awards to be presented to RLC. Wheeler said they are considering entering the logo and story into the council's national contest in March.