Gutenberg Celebration honors and connects distinguished alumni

Posted November 08, 2012

ACU's Department of Journalism and Mass Communication hosted the 20th Anniversary Gutenberg Celebration to honor distinguished JMC alumni and connect students and faculty to industry professionals last month.

Since 1982, JMC faculty have selected impressive alumni to be honored as Gutenberg recipients. Those honorees are lauded for their outstanding professional achievements and presented with scale models of Gutenberg printing presses. Past recipients have included successful CEOs, entrepreneurs, Emmy nominees, producers, journalists, authors, directors, business owners and broadcasters.

The 2012 recipients of ACU prestigious Gutenberg award are Victoria Ahlén ('98), Lovey Chin ('00) and Tracey Ferguson ('93).

This year's recipients were Victoria Ahlén ('98), CEO of a Awoque, a social media agency in Sweden; Lovey Chin ('00), deputy managing director of the Lotte Group in South Korea; and Tracey Ferguson ('93), founder and editor-in-chief of Jones Magazine. For responses from the honorees, view the video to the right.

Dr. Cheryl Mann Bacon, JMC professor and chair, said, "This year's recipients provided a glimpse of the widely varied ways that our alumni have used their JMC education, both in scope and in impact. They represented online media, social media news, and marketing and international marketing at influential levels."

Events included the annual Gutenberg Dinner and the first-ever JMC Networking Breakfast for Alumni. The dinner took place in the Hunter Welcome Center, featuring heavy hors d'ouevres, speeches by the recipients and time to connect with professionals.

The breakfast gave students and faculty the opportunity to connect with visiting alumni. Students also engaged with a panel of past Gutenberg recipients following the breakfast. 

Bacon said the addition of the morning panel discussions featuring many past Gutenberg winners multiplied students' opportunities to network with and learn from successful alumni. "It was also the first time many of these former recipients have met each other, and great opportuniites came from that," she said.

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