ACU To Present Gutenberg Awards to Outstanding Journalism/Mass Communication Alumni

for immediate release Oct. 20, 1997

Five alumni of the Abilene Christian University Department of Journalism and Mass Communication will be honored with Professional Achievement Awards during the 1997 Gutenberg Dinner Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Abilene Country Club.

Nominees for the Gutenbergs are alumni who graduated at least 10 years ago and whose professional work has distinguished him or her, the department and the university. Winners receive a scale model of the printing press used by Johannes Gutenberg in 1454 in Germany.

The 1997 awardees are Brent D. Magers of Cleburne, administrator and chief executive officer of Walls Regional Hospital, class of 1976; Cecilia H. Morgan, Esq. of Dallas, director of professional services at JAMS/ENDISPUTE, class of 1974; Robert L. Nutt of Abilene, vice president and creative director of Zachry Associates, class of 1980; Susan Tunnell Rovegno of Phoenix, regional marketing manager of USA Today, class of 1975; and Mark L. Shifflet of Cranbury, N.J., senior research associate for the Journalism Resources Institute at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., class of 1983.

Brent D. Magers has been administrator and chief executive officer of the Walls Regional Hospital, a 112-bed acute care hospital, since 1994. He is responsible for profit and loss for the entire facility, managing the equivalent of about 250 full-time employees and a budget of approximately $30 million. Before moving to Cleburne, he served as vice president of Methodist Hospital in Lubbock for 10 years, then as associate administrator of Medical Center Hospital in Odessa. Before entering the healthcare field, he worked in development and public affairs for the chambers of commerce in Lubbock and Breckenridge, and for the ACU Development Office. Magers has master's degrees from Texas Tech and Trinity universities.

Cecilia H. Morgan, Esq. is a member of JAMS/ENDISPUTE's national panel of employment ADR specialists and national training faculty. She has more that 19 years of experience as an attorney and dispute resolution professional. Morgan's private law practice since 1977 has included general civil litigation from the administrative to the U.S. Supreme Court. She has served as a neutral party in situations involving almost every area of the law. Morgan has also conducted numerous training programs and mock mediation sessions. Morgan received her J.D. from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1977 and is a Life Fellow of the State Bar of Texas and the Dallas Bar Association.

Robert L. Nutt is vice president and creative director of Zachry Associates, where he oversees the Creative Department; Prepress Department, both electronic and traditional; Electronic Media Technologies Department; and a Metroplex Division Sales Representative. Before joining Zachry in 1991, Nutt worked in other media positions in Abilene including graphic designer for Media Texas and Camaram Media; coordinator of advertising and graphic design for Hendrick Medical Center; and later vice president and creative director at Media Texas. Active in the community, Nutt served for three years on the Steering Committee to raise $4.5 million for the creation of The Grace Cultural Center. He has also been honored with an Outstanding Young Man of America award and a Leadership Abilene award.

Susan Tunnell Rovegno, regional marketing manager for USA Today, is a three-time winner of the newspaper's Marketing Excellence and Goal Achievement Award for sales performance. Rovegno currently supervises a staff of four in sales of Blue Chip amenity program to hotel/travel accounts, Newspapers in Education and major single copy newsstand and vending accounts. She was runner-up for Gannett's 1990 Innovation Award and a 1994 winner of the Jewell Award for sales achievement.

Rovegno earned her M.A. in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 1977. She then went to work for the Houston Post, where she served as District Manager for Circulation, Special Projects Manager for Circulation Sales, Account Manager for Retail Display Advertising, and finally Account Manager for Real Estate and the Classified Advertising Departments.

Mark L. Shifflet is a senior research associate at the Journalism Research Institute of Rutgers University. After earning a B.A. in mass communication at ACU, Mark went to Michigan State University to earn Masters in Telecommunications degree in 1985.

In 1995 he received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University where he previously served as an instructor. He remains at Rutgers as a senior research fellow where he is involved in analyzing the social, political and economic impact of the National Information Infrastructure (NII).

Today he is being involved in a number of projects involving the development of instructional multimedia tools (CD and Internet platforms) for programs such as training journalists in Eastern Europe; guiding journalists in covering medical and environmental issues; and assisting students in the development of an electronic journal which includes researching how people consume information within a multimedia format.

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