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September 30, 2015


Cowley College receives seven Medallion Awards at NCMPR conference



With between 300 to 400 entries submitted for Medallion Awards, Cowley College received awards in seven categories during the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations District 5 annual conference held September 20-22 in Lincoln, NE.


Kris Ripley, the digital content person for Cowley College, handles the graphic design work for the college’s publications and was the recipient of five awards. Ripley took home a Gold Medallion Award in the logo design category, and earned Silver Medallion Awards in the single flier category and sports brochure category. He and Rama Peroo, Cowley College’s director of institutional communication and public relations, each received Silver Medallion Awards in the Sports Brochure category for their work on the 2014-2015 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Media Guide. While Ripley also garnered Bronze Awards in the outdoor media and invitations categories.


Ripley has been a full-time employee at the college since March 2010. He has been the recipient of eight Medallion Awards during his time at Cowley.


Peroo also received a Bronze Medallion Award in the category of Feature Writing. Peroo has been employed at Cowley College since Sept. 2003 and previously received a Silver Medallion of Achievement in Feature Writing in 2013 and teamed with Ripley on the 2010-2011 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Media Guide that garnered a Silver Medallion Award.


Sarah Bryant, the director of marketing at Cowley College, earned a Gold Medallion Award in the special event promotion category. Bryant began employment at the school on Dec. 2013. She previously served as marketing officer for Union State Bank in Arkansas City.


The work done by Bryant, Peroo and Ripley was reviewed by a panel of judges and was up against other community colleges in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, the Canadian province of Manitoba, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.


“The awards our staff walked away with this year serve as a testament to the quality of their work,” Cowley College vice president of institutional advancement Ben Schears said. “I’m proud of their efforts and it’s exciting to have an outside organization recognize their skill and contributions.”