First-timer attendees win grants to attend annual conference;
Best wishes to Jeanine Larson, our national Communicator of Achievement candidate
If you have never had the chance to attend an annual conference of our national affiliate, the National Federation of Press Women, this year is a great time to start. Many past attendees say that deepening their professional relationships and friendships with members from our own state has been one of the top benefits of attendance, and plenty of NDPC members are attending this year. Add scenic tours of beautiful South Carolina and learning from national media experts and this year’s conference — Carolina Spirit, which takes place Sept. 4-6 in Greenville, S.C. — promises to be a highlight of your year.
Still time to request first-timer assistance from NDPC
Even better, you can still secure financial support to help you attend…and there is still time to make the Early Bird registration deadline of Friday, August 8.
In the coming week, NDPC can assist with a limited number of registration-fee grants to help cover first-timers’ attendance. Contact Ellen Crawford at email@example.com if you are interested in learning more about this. To learn more about what the conference offers you and complete your registration online, visit www.nfpw.org and click on the Carolina Spirit Annual Conference link.
You will be in great company this year
The conference is at its most enjoyable when there are other North Dakotans/Minnesotans to hang out with on the trip!
We are delighted to announce that NDPC board member Jeanine Larson will be competing for the national Communicator of Achievement Award at this year’s annual conference. Jeanine, you know we are all rooting for you!
In addition to Jeanine being honored, two of our other members, Carrie Carney and Sarah Hoffbeck, have been awarded first-timer attendance grants from NFPW this year to assist with their attendance costs. If you have yet to meet these terrific women, see their photos and bios. What better travel mates could you have?
Jeanine Larson’s communications experience is broad: beginning as a TV reporter and anchor, achieving the William Randolph Hearst Foundation Journalism Award. She transitioned to a multifaceted role in marketing and communications. She currently holds the position of Web content coordinator at Bell State Bank & Trust, where she is responsible for marketing initiatives and running the company’s social media outreach program, which was recently featured in the Independent Community Bankers of America’s Top 50 Community Bank Leaders in social media list. Jeanine has held positions of NDPC college contest chair, NDPC southeast district director and Fargo-Moorhead Professional Communicators president. She has won many state and national contest awards. Currently, she holds the positions of second vice president for NDPC and education fund board member for NFPW. Jeanine also volunteers as the marketing and communications chair on her local American Diabetes Association board.
Carrie Carney is marketing and communications writer at Bell State Bank & Trust. Prior to this position, she was communications coordinator at Cass County Electric Cooperative. Carrie serves as the southeast district director for North Dakota Professional Communicators and is president of Fargo-Moorhead Professional Communicators. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and mass communications from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Carrie lives in Fargo with her son, Jack.
Sarah Hoffbeck currently serves as the content marketing specialist for the College Relations & Marketing department at North Dakota State College of Science where she has been employed since the spring of 2012. Hoffbeck received her bachelor’s degree in both marketing and apparel & design from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., where she also minored in music. Prior to working for NDSCS, she wrote part-time for The Midweek, Inc. and worked as a sales area manager for Herberger’s – both in Fergus Falls, Minn. In her spare time, Hoffbeck enjoys playing the violin, reading, traveling, enjoying the area lakes, scrapbooking, watching movies, baking and spending time with her boyfriend, family and friends. She resides in Fergus Falls, Minn., with her cat, Milton.
– by Lisa Richmond, President, NDPC Board of Directors
Karen Stensrud has been honored as the individual sweepstakes award winner in the 2013 National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest.
Stensrud, vice president of marketing and communications for Bell State Bank and Trust in Fargo, N.D., received nine awards in the national communications contest, including four first-place awards. As the top award winner in the communications contest, she received $250 in cash and a beautiful plaque.
Stensrud has been a member of NFPW for 20 years. In 2010, she was selected Communicator of Achievement, the top honor NFPW bestows upon a member.
Tammy Keith of Arkansas and Debbie Miller of Arkansas tied for the second-place Sweepstakes Award. They each were awarded $125.
The affiliate Sweepstakes winner for having the most national award winners was Virginia. The Virginia affiliate was awarded $100.
The winners were among 273 recipients from across the country receiving 374 awards for excellence in communications at the organization’s awards banquet in Salt Lake City, Utah.
< Gwen Woolf, Contest Director , with Karen Stensrud , the 2013 Sweepstakes winner.
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