Awards & Accolades

Awards & Accolades

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Pam Scott (center), associate vice president for external communications, holds the PR Professional of the Year award she received. Standing next to her, from left, are Katherine Monberg, chair of the PRSA Southern Arizona awards committee, and Jessa B. Turner, director of communications for Tech Parks Arizona and a member of the PRSA Southern Arizona board of directors. (Photo by Tom Spitz)
Pam Scott (center), associate vice president for external communications, holds the PR Professional of the Year award she received. Standing next to her, from left, are Katherine Monberg, chair of the PRSA Southern Arizona awards committee, and Jessa B. Turner, director of communications for Tech Parks Arizona and a member of the PRSA Southern Arizona board of directors. (Photo by Tom Spitz)

University people and teams honored by the Southern Arizona chapter of the Public Relations Society of America

Pam Scott, associate vice president for external communications, was named PR Professional of the Year by the Public Relations Society of America's Southern Arizona chapter.

The award honors "an individual or group who, in the previous year, represented the best in public relations as an outstanding communicator(s) or influencer(s), establishing or reinforcing the mutually beneficial relationship between an organization and the public or otherwise impacting the communications landscape."

The award was presented on Nov. 2.

"She's used her incredible skills to help the University of Arizona manage and thrive through the COVID-19 pandemic," said Kathleen Brown, founder of Brown + Associates and president of the PRSA chapter's board of directors. "Her efforts significantly contributed to the positive public awareness of the University of Arizona throughout the last 18 months, when she led both internal and external communications teams regarding COVID-19 issues and the University's many responses to the pandemic."

Rocque Perez, digital marketing specialist with Research, Innovation & Impact, was honored with the Rookie of the Year Award. The award, presented this year for the first time, recognizes a Southern Arizona public relations, marketing or communications professional with three years or less of industry experience or a current student. PRSA says the winner must have demonstrated clear excellence in public relations research, planning, implementation and evaluation. Perez joined the University in December 2018 and has been in his current position since May.

In addition, several University of Arizona projects received IMPACT awards, which "highlight exemplary professional skill, creativity and resourcefulness in public relations, communications, and marketing." The winning entries and their categories are listed below.

Health Sciences Office of Communications

Best in Show – Connect2STEM (Community Relations)

IMPACT Award of Excellence – Connect2STEM (Community Relations) and Expert Insights (Social Media Communications)

Certificate of Excellence Merit Award – Antibodies Shown to Provide Long-term Immunity Against COVID-19 (General Marketing Communications) and Pain Relief Caused by SARSW-CoV-2 Infection May Help Explain COVID-19 Spread (News/Media Release or PSA)

Tech Parks Arizona

IMPACT Award of Excellence – Women of the UA Tech Park (Community Relations) and Tamales and Tech Parks (Special Event or Observance)

Center for Innovation

IMPACT Award of Excellence – UACI at Oro Valley (Special Event or Observance)

PRSA is the world's largest public relations organization with over 21,000 members. The Southern Arizona chapter was established in 1979 and serves Tucson, Sierra Vista, Wilcox and Yuma. The IMPACT Awards recognize excellence in public relations, marketing and communications.


CALS, SBS, RII and AZPM win regional Emmys

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Office of Research, Innovation & Impact, and Arizona Public Media have won Emmy awards from the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

"Visionary Faculty: Daniela Triadan & Takeshi Inomata," part of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Faculty Spotlight series, won in the education/schools long form content category. The piece, produced by Özlem Ayse Özgür, multimedia design specialist with the college, profiles Daniela Triadan and Takeshi Inomata, both professors in the School of Anthropology.

"One Nation Under Science," a short documentary produced by the CALS Landmark Stories team, won in the environment/science short form content category. The piece, produced by Sandra Westdahl, lead producer in CALS' Communications & Cyber Technology office, of focuses on Kathy Jacobs, director of the University's Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions, and her ideas on solutions to environmental issues and the role younger generations can play in developing a path forward.

"Lifeblood of the People," produced through the Office of Research, Innovation & Impact, won in the human interest short form content category. It tells the story of Nikki Tulley, a doctoral student at the University and one of only a few female Navajo hydrologists in the world.

Arizona Public Media won Emmy awards in seven categories:

  • "School In The Time of COVID-19" (education/schools short form content) – Produced by Cáit NíSíomón, videography and editing by John DeSoto.
  • "Hearing Isaiah" (teen content) – Produced by Mitchell Riley, videography by Nathan Huffman and Jordan Chin.
  • "The Flying Memorial" (military content) – Production, videography and editing by Gage Judd.
  • "2020 AZ Senate Debate" (politics/government long form content) – Hosted by Lorraine Rivera (co-production between Arizona Public Media and Arizona PBS in Phoenix)
  • "Arizona Illustrated: Understanding The Bighorn" (magazine program) – Produced and written by John Booth, hosted by Tom McNamara.
  • "OSIRIS-REx Touch-and-Go" (special event coverage) – Production, videography and editing by Bryan Nelson, videography and editing by Martín Rubio, videography by Nathan Huffman.
  • "All About The Vaccines" (informational/instructional content) – Production and videography by Bryan Nelson, editing by Nathan Huffman, videography by Martín Rubio.

The awards were presented earlier this month.


We want to know about your good news. If you, your team or a colleague has won any major awards, been honored nationally or internationally, or accomplished some other major feat that deserves recognition, let us know about it.

To submit your news, please send us an email with the following information:

  • Name of the person, team or unit receiving the honor with full University titles.
  • Information about the award/honor and the organization that granted it. Please include a link to the official announcement of the award/honor.
  • When the honor was announced and when it will be presented (or was presented).
  • A photo of the honoree. If others appear in the photo, please provide their names and identifying information, such as their University title/affiliation.

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