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Enter the Chapter Management Awards

October 12th, 2012

The 2013 call for entries for Student Chapter and Student Leader of the year are now available. You’ve worked hard over the past year and your board deserves some well-earned recognition for its achievements. Make your mark by entering the 2013 Chapter Management Awards. In addition to earning acknowledgement, your chapter stands to win great prizes like memberships and chapter professional development events with IABC’s top-rated speakers.

The Student Chapter of the Year is a worldwide competition which measures the management skills, leadership skills and creative abilities of IABC’s student chapter leaders. The contest is open to any IABC student chapter.

The Student Leader of the Year Award recognizes one outstanding IABC student chapter leader annually

for his or her dedication, initiative, leadership and achievements. A panel of IABC Executive Board and staff members will select the winner from the pool of nominees. The contest is open to any volunteer who served on an IABC chapter board in 2012. Any IABC member may submit a nomination and can nominate more than one candidate. You may also nominate yourself. The winner will be honored at the Chapter Management Awards Reception in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA on 8 February 2013 and will receive a commemorative award and a complimentary one-year membership in IABC.

Share your chapter’s work and get the recognition you deserve by entering this year’s awards.


Make a judge happy: Make your entry a winner!

November 30th, 2011
Do you want to be recognized internationally for communication work you have completed in school, internships, or on the job and have a chance to win the $500 Sharon Berzok Student Award? Sue Johnston (Gold Quill judge from IABC/Waterloo) has written the following article to help you craft a winning entry for the 2012 Student Gold Quill Awards.

by Sue Johnston, ABC, It’s Understood Communication, Ontario, Canada
A judge opening a Gold Quill Award entry is filled with hope. Will there

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be a delightful display of strategic thinking, effective planning, good use of resources and creativity? Will the story be revealed in lively, uncluttered language? Will it be a winner?

Members of IABC Waterloo sincerely hope so. Once again, we’ll be judging the Student Gold Quill Awards. With three universities and a college in our community, we’ve learned to expect the best from students. We were disappointed when not one 2009 entry met the standards for winning an award. Aiming to change that, we assembled a few tips to help you impress us. It worked. We were impressed – even dazzled – by some of the entries submitted by students.

Since our judges love to see great entries and happy award winners, we’re providing those tips again: Read the rest of this entry »

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