SMU photographer Hillsman S. Jackson (pictured above, right) won the international Gold award in the Photographer of the Year category for images featured in the SMU centennial coffee-table book, “SMU: Unbridled Vision.” SMU’s News and Communications team won an international CASE Silver award for “Planning Meets Opportunity: How Preparing a Dean to Blog Led to Major Media Exposure.” For the project, the team promoted Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences Dean William Tsutsui, an economic historian of Japan, as a media resource who could provide firsthand experience of the 2011 Japanese earthquake. Tsutsui was in Japan attending a conference and blogging about his experiences on the SMU Adventures blog when the earthquake occurred. International and local media carried the story across multiple mediums. The team who worked on the media relations project included Kent Best, Cherri Gann, Kim Cobb, Joan Jackson, Christina Voss, Nancy George, Eva Parks, Margaret Allen, Sarah Hanan, Kathleen Tibbetts, Gary Shultz and Denise Gee.
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