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Alumni Awards

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Alumni honored at annual ceremony

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications honored five graduates at the Annual Alumni Awards Dinner on  Nov. 8, 2012.

The awards identify exceptional graduates of the school whose careers represent significant professional achievement.

The Distinguished Alumni Award honors graduates who have demonstrated a history of exemplary work in their professional careers and who have been out of school for at least 10 years. The 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients are:

  • Richard D. Elliott ('67, journalism)
    Richard Elliott is president of Maverick Southern Kitchens. With degrees in both journalism and law, Elliott spent 13 years as a trial lawyer in Atlanta before founding what is now Maverick Southern Kitchens, which owns five restaurants and a cooking store in Charleston and Greenville. Elliott is extensively involved with the community and active in many civic and charitable efforts throughout South Carolina.
  • Catherine B. Love ('85, public relations)
    Catherine Love is the vice president for marketing and communications at SCANA in Columbia, S.C. In this role, Love leads the team responsible for media relations, corporate communications, marketing and philanthropy. A native of Columbia, Love has 26 years of experience in communications and marketing management. She served as SCANA's 2011 United Way chair, and is a member of the SCANA Women's Leadership Group, chairs the board of Carolina Wildlife Care and is a lunch buddy at C.A. Taylor Elementary.
  • Michael “Jeff” Charney ('81, public relations)
    Jeff Charney is the chief marketing officer for Progressive, where he leads efforts including national advertising, internal and external communications, new media content initiatives and public relations. He was named "Brand Genius and Marketer of the Year" by Adweek for 2011. Charney was one of the creative minds behind Progressive's brand icon "Flo," who was named in Advertising Age Magazine's 2012 "Top Female Icons of All Time."

The Outstanding Young Alumni Award honors graduates who have been out of school for 10 years or less but have already demonstrated great professional accomplishments early in their careers. The 2012 Outstanding Young Alumni Award recipients are:

  • Jonathan T. Bennett ('06, journalism)
    Jonathan Bennett has recently begun a new position as advertising technology manager for Healthgrades.com. Prior to that, he was the assistant managing editor for Digital at The Florida Times-Union and Jacksonville.com, where he oversaw all digital products for the organization. Bennett started with The Times-Union as a web producer in 2007, soon after graduating with his journalism degree.
  • Tracey E. Robinson ('01, advertising)
    Tracey Robinson is the senior media buyer and research director for National Media Research, Planning and Placement in Washington, D.C., where she develops and executes client media plans based on statistical analyses. Her research into voters' media habits have been featured in media outlets such as the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, MSNBC and NPR's The Marketplace. Robinson was instrumental in the formation of the Washington Media Scholars Foundation, which has helped more than 100 journalism and advertising undergraduates from across the country.
 
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