MVSU Communications & Marketing team brings home 13 CPRAM awards

June 4, 2019

ITTA BENA, Miss.— The Mississippi Valley State University Office of Communications and Marketing team brought home 13 awards recently during the College Public Relations Association of Mississippi’s (CPRAM’s) annual conference.

Hosted May 20-21, this year’s conference, themed “Innovate” was held at the McGowan Workforce Training Center, located at Holmes Community College’s Ridgeland campus.

A sub-unit of the department of University Advancement, MVSU’s Communications and Marketing team includes: Brittany Davis-Green, director; John McCall, senior graphic designer; Donell Maxie, communications specialist; Joseph Cotton, associate graphic designer, and Shanae Curry, project coordinator.

Dameon Shaw, MVSU’s interim vice-president of advancement, said he is proud of the group for representing The Valley well.

“I am extremely proud of the communications and marketing team. They always perform well and do amazing work,” said Shaw. “The support they provide to the institution is essential to the vision of the
University, and I can’t thank them enough for all they do for departments and offices of MVSU.”

Davis-Green, Curry, Cotton, and Maxie won a first-place honor for the Communique’ in the Newsletter-Senior Division category. The office also claimed a first-place win for their “Athletes in Motion” promo in the Television Spots Category.

McCall, Davis-Green, and Maxie took home a first-place win in the Creative Partners category for their collaboration with the Yanky 72 Memorial Committee for the Inaugural Yanky 72 Ceremony and Dedication. They also earned a second-place win in the Public Relations Campaign category for the MVSU Presidential Inauguration.

Davis-Green and McCall won a second-place award in the Advertisement category for their Infographic piece. The pair also won a second-place honor in the New Media/Social Media category for the “Mean Green Marching Machine” promo video as well as a second-place award for the “Valley Pride Day” video. Both projects were produced, shot and edited by Broadcast Media Group of Starkville.

Maxie notched a first-place win for his photo in the sports photography category. He also earned a second-place award in the same category for another submission.  He received a third-place award for his photo entitled “Live for Service” in the Feature Photo category.

McCall secured a second-place award for his MVSU Sports Stadium Banner in the Single Piece of Artwork- Sports category.

Davis-Green and McCall won third place in the Web Advertisement category for the MVSU Mobile App promo while the entire staff claimed a third-place win in the Public Relations Campaign category for MVSU’s 2018 Homecoming imagery, “Valley Then. Valley Now. Valley Forever.”

The CPRAM 2019 president and conference chair is MVSU alumna Maxine Greenleaf, who currently serves as the executive director for communications and marketing at Jackson State University.

Valley State was also represented by alumnus D’Artagnan Winford who gave a presentation on creativity during the second day of the conference. Winford, who is a native of Itta Bena, previously served as MVSU’s graphic designer for 10 years. Currently, he is the senior art director at Ramey Marketing Agency. 

CPRAM promotes excellence in public relations at public and private four and two-year educational institutions in the state.  Mississippi’s four-year institutions compete in the senior division and community colleges in the junior division. 

This year, 17 colleges and universities from across the state attended the annual conference.