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For Charles Denney & Doug Edlund, High Honors

Two members of the UTIA Office of Marketing and Communications have received national recognition for their work by the Association for Communications Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Life and Human Sciences (ACE).

Charles Denney, Marketing and Communications video producer, received a Gold Award for Script Writing for Visual Media. His story on Acting for Life, a unique series of skits performed by the Robertson County 4-H acting troupe, impressed the judges with its focus on the many life challenges faced by today’s youth. This in not Denney’s first Gold Award for writing; he’s received numerous recognitions for his creativity over the years. He has also received numerous awards for his excellent work in television and radio production since 1999.

In addition, Denney received a Gold Award and an Outstanding Professional Skills Award for his podcast about UTIA’s outreach during the recent wildfires in the Smoky Mountains. The Outstanding Professional Skills Award is only given to those who demonstrate an exceptional level of expertise. It is ACE’s highest recognition in an award category and one of the most challenging to win.

Doug Edlund, Marketing and Communications assistant director, received an Award of Excellence for Marketing for his work with ACE and UTIA. The Award of Excellence recognizes those who have demonstrated excellence in an ACE Learning Community, leadership and involvement in ACE, and their contributions to the communications profession. Members are nominated by the Learning Community leadership and the award is approved by the ACE board of directors. This is Edlund’s second Award of Excellence from ACE. He also received the Award of Excellence for Electronic Media and Photography in 2013. He has also received numerous ACE awards for his work in video production, radio production, marketing, and media relations.

Edlund has served ACE in a number of leadership activities since joining the organization in 1999. His roles include Learning Community director, Southern Region director, Membership Committee chair, ACE/NETC Centennial Conference Planning chair, and Tennessee state representative. Recently, Edlund was elected ACE vice president and will assume that role at the international ACE conference in New Orleans this June. He will transition to president-elect in 2018 and to ACE president in 2019.

Denney has also served in ACE leadership roles, including a term on the Membership Committee, the Conference Planning Committee for Memphis, and as Tennessee state representative.

Founded in 1913, ACE is an international association of communicators, educators, and information technologists. ACE offers professional development and networking to its more than 400 members, enhancing knowledge about agriculture, natural resources, and life and human sciences.