21st Annual Gutenberg Award CelebrationPosted October 16, 2013
Distinguished alumni of Abilene Christian University from as far away as Singapore, New York and Chicago will be honored for their professional achievements in broadcasting, advertising, public relations, and digital marketing at the university’s 20th annual Gutenberg Award Celebration on Thursday night.
Gary Hamilton (’04), recognizable on NBC, MTV and most recently as the New York Yankees On-Camera Host, is one of three alumni who will receive a handcrafted Gutenberg press during this year’s award Celebration. Elvin Ong (’95) and Kate Vein (’99) will also receive this award and share stories about their successes in leadership positions in communications and agency work.
"I'm privileged to have known all three of this year's honorees since their student years here," says Dr. Cheryl Bacon, chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication. "Each of them has taken leadership roles, applying their education in global arenas. Through their work in broadcasting, advertising, public relations and digital marketing, they have distinguished themselves and honored the JMC department."
The Gutenberg Celebration has been an ACU tradition since 1982, when it was established to honor outstanding JMC graduates. Bacon shares the process by which Gutenberg Award recipients are chosen: "The faculty receives nominations (from alumni and internally) each year. We work hard to keep track of our alums and their achievements. Each spring, we consider eligible alums and select a slate of honorees whose work demonstrates the breadth of our programs and of the influence of JMC grads in the world today."
This year's Gutenberg Celebration will take place on October 17 in the Hunter Welcome Center. Current journalism students invited and encouraged to attend with their pre-paid tickets. Individual tickets for other attendees are $40 each.