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Two recent Avila graduates earn Clarion Awards


August 4, 2011

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KANSAS CITY, Mo - - A pair of recent graduates from Avila University's School of Visual and Communication Arts were recognized nationally for their work by the Association for Women in Communications.

Michele Watley and Valerie Reed recently were bestowed Clarion Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in all communication fields – broadcast, print, marketing and communications.

Watley's winning entry was in the category of "student events." "Open Mic. Night" was created for Avila's Black Student Union and held in the Thornhill Art Gallery. It was judged by the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University.

"To have my work recognized at the national level is a great achievement," Watley said, "and I am proud to have received this award. It is reassuring to know that the skills and lessons provided me by my mentors have paid off and assisted the client in reaching its goals."

Reed received the award for her entry in the "student AD/PR category." "Missing Something?" was awarded the top honor by communication professionals in the Washington D.C. area.

"Earning a Clarion is a huge accomplishment and surprise," Reed said. "I am honored to have been recognized for my work with the Bank of Lee's Summit."

The Clarion Awards will be presented Oct. 15 during the Association for Women in Communication's national conference in Tulsa, Okla.

"Michele and Valerie are dedicated, creative and hardworking women," said communication professor Linda Strelluf. "I'm very proud of them."



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.