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  Seven Avila students win 10 awards at Bronze Quill gala  
  Kansas City, MO    
May 11, 2010

Seven Avila University communication students received 10 awards at the Kansas City International Association of Business Communicators’ (IABC) Bronze Quill Gala May 7 in Kansas City, Mo. The seven students were honored with four Bronze Quills and six Awards of Merit among entries from around the world as the Kansas City chapter of IABC was the first this year to implement electronic entries.

David Matheny was the recipient of two Bronze Quill awards, for promotion in both student and professional categories. Michele Watley, who won two Bronze Quills in 2009, received another this year. Kalie Laidley also earned a Bronze Quill award.

Trisha Simmons was winner of three Awards of Merit. Valerie Reed, Brooke McNally and Brittany Strelluf also received Awards of Merit.

“Communication writing is not for the timid,” Linda Strelluf, professor in Avila’s School of Art and Communications, said in an e-mail. “It takes tenacity, creativity and a strong work ethic. When it is done right, it can have a measurable, positive impact. Avila students proved that they have the right stuff to make their mark in the real world.”

The Bronze Quill Awards recognize communications professionals and students for their excellence in developing and executing business communication programs.

Left to right: Brooke McNally, Brittany Strelluf, David Matheny, Professor Linda Strelluf, Valerie Reed, Trisha Simmons, and Kalie Laidley. Not pictured Michele Watley.



About Avila University
Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.