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IT Communications team wins international awards

Society for Technical Communication praises Big Red II video, website and faculty materials

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Indiana University IT Communications Office (ITCO) accolade collection continues to grow. ITCO announced that three projects have received Awards of Merit in the 2014 Society for Technical Communication (STC) International Summit Awards.

The winning projects are:

  • "Big Red II: Embracing the Spirit of Indiana University," a video about IU’s latest supercomputer. (Contributors include Janae Cummings, Keith Danielson, Daphne Siefert-Herron and Brian Hawkins.) Watch here:
  • The promotional fliers and folder "IT@IU Faculty Packets" (Contributors include Janae Cummings, Maria Morris, Jonathan Walker and Alan Milner.)
  • The IT News Website: (Contributors include Ceci Jones Schrock, Sarah Engel, Austin Lord, Brian Hawkins, Daphne Siefert-Herron and Greg Moore.)

The IT Communications Office is under the leadership of the IU Office of the Vice President for Information Technology and CIO, and oversees communications related to IT services and infrastructure for all eight campuses.

"ITCO’s mission is to promote the university’s wide range of IT services -- so the IU community can make the best possible use of these resources in their teaching, learning and research," said Daphne Siefert-Herron, ITCO communications officer for messaging and public relations. "Our challenge is explaining complex technology in ways that are clear, relevant, and easily understood by technical and non-technical audiences alike. It’s gratifying to be recognized by our peers when we do an especially good job of that."

Founded in 1953, STC is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to the advancement of the field of technical communication. Every year, it sponsors international competitions through which technical communicators can earn recognition for their work. STC chapters hold preliminary competitions from which Excellence and Distinguished Award winners advance to the international level. In January, ITCO received word that the three projects mentioned above had done just that through the STC Chicago chapter. (Read more:

For the International Summit Awards, each entry was judged against criteria that measure the degree of technical content, achievement of purpose, and technical execution of the online or printed product.

"As an IT organization, it is especially important for us to use the technology we promote," said Brian Hawkins, ITCO communications officer for technology and design. "We’re constantly exploring new technologies and gadgets. It helps us stay current in technical, functional and aesthetic areas of our communications. These awards are a direct result of our ongoing efforts to learn, innovate and improve."