Spirit – the biannual campus magazine of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon (SSMO), Valley Catholic School, Maryville, the SSMO Foundation and the SSMO Ministries Corporation – has been recognized for excellence regionally and internationally.
The fall 2016-winter 2017 issue of Spirit that was devoted exclusively to the history of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon received a 2017 Spotlight Award for excellence from the PRSA Oregon Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).
Chief Communications Officer Barbara Kerr, APR, Fellow PRSA, and former campus Graphic Designer Todd Sargood accepted the award during the PRSA Oregon Spotlight Awards ceremony on Oct. 20. Both spent more than seven months working on that issue. Sr. Charlene Herinckx and Sr. Angeline Sohler provided invaluable support through research and fact-checking.
Award winners must demonstrate outstanding performance throughout the research, planning, execution and evaluation of their communications work. As the organizers note, the Spotlight Awards “benchmark your organization’s communications programs against best practice methodologies around the country.”
Spirit also received a gold award in the 2017 MarCom awards competition. The award entry for nonprofit magazines included the Sisters’ history issue and the spring-summer 2017 issue about “A Day in the Life of Our Campus.”
MarCom Awards honor excellence in marketing and communication. Since their inception in 2004, the MarCom Awards have evolved into one of the largest, most respected creative competitions in the world. Each year, about 6,000 print and digital entries are submitted from dozens of countries.