Business Honors for July 28

Manuel F. Blanco, Atlantis International
Manuel F. Blanco, Atlantis International

Fifteen people from the LSU AgCenter won awards in the annual competition of the Association for Communication Excellence, an international professional organization.

Faculty members in communications received gold awards for a media relations campaign, a direct mail package and two 30-second video spots that promoted 125 years of agricultural research at the AgCenter.

Receiving awards for the media relations campaign were Linda Benedict, associate director; Randy LaBauve and Craig Gautreaux, both video producers; Tobie Blanchard, associate specialist; Rick Bogren, science writer; Johnny Morgan, specialist; Bruce Schultz, assistant specialist; Kathy Kramer and Matt Faust, both graphic designers; Ronda Clark, administrative assistant; Elma Sue McCallum and John Wozniak, both assistant directors; and Frankie Gould, director.

The direct mail package award winners were Kramer, Benedict, Bogren, LaBauve and McCallum. In addition, Blanchard and Gautreaux won a silver award for a video news release about the AgCenter’s Strong Women health education program.

Gold awards went to Sandy Fiser, assistant director, and Megan Smith, designer and analyst, both in information technology, for the logo used to promote the 2012 National Extension Technology Conference in New Orleans. They won a silver award and an honorable mention for the rotating background images on the front page of the AgCenter website.

City Year Baton Rouge, an education-focused nonprofit that partners with public schools to help students stay on track to graduate, has received a “Best of City Year” award from the national organization, City Year.

The award is given annually to select City Year sites that have performed exceptionally on numerous organizational goals. This past school year, 62 CYBR AmeriCorps members served as tutors, mentors and role models for more than 2,500 students in four schools: Belaire High School, Broadmoor Middle School, Capitol Middle School and Merrydale Elementary School.

CYBR was selected along with six other City Year sites among 25 sites across the country.

Manuel F. “Manny” Blanco, president and CEO of Atlantis International in New Orleans and board director with Metairie Bank, has been awarded an E Star Award, which recognizes individuals or organizations which contribute significantly to increase U.S. exports. The E Award was created in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy.