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Kent State Wins Gold Award at 2011 PRSA Cleveland Rocks Awards

Posted Dec. 21, 2011

Kent State University took home a gold award at the ninth annual Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Cleveland Rocks Awards. The university won its award for its work on Kent State Magazine, the university’s alumni publication, with the winning entry titled “Engaging and Informing the Alumni” in the magazines category.

The awards recognize public relations programs with outstanding work. The 2011 awards ceremony was held Dec. 2 in Cleveland.

“What’s good about it is we compete with top PR firms in Northeast Ohio, and we excel in our discipline,” said Dan Karp, executive director of creative services at Kent State’s University Communications and Marketing.

Kent State Magazine is a collective effort of University Communications and Marketing, Intercollegiate Athletics, the Alumni Association, Kent State University Foundation and the Division of University Relations. Karp said the university also works closely with its partner, Great Lakes Publishing, which produces the publication. The magazine is published three times per year and distributed to 180,000 Kent State alumni, faculty, staff and friends.

Kent State enters this yearly competition and is coming off an award-winning year. At the 2010 PRSA Cleveland Rocks Awards, Kent State won two gold awards and the most coveted “Best of Show” award. 

“It’s gratifying to be recognized in the industry and by our peers,” said Emily Vincent, director of university media relations at Kent State. “Receiving a gold award from the PRSA Cleveland Rocks Awards validates the great work that the university is doing, and we take great pride in our alumni magazine.”

PRSA Orange County Chapter selected the winners of the 2011 competition for unbiased results. For more information about the PRSA Greater Cleveland Chapter or the Cleveland Rocks Awards and a complete list of winners, visit

For more information about Kent State Magazine, visit

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