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Left to Right: Chris Benson, Jesse Schomberg, Cindy Hagley

Chris Benson has been hired as communications designer. He is responsible for design and development of Minnesota Sea Grant’s Web site (www.seagrant.umn.edu) and special project Web sites, and designing the program’s print publications.

Jesse Schomberg, coastal communities educator; Cindy Hagley, environmental quality educator; Diane Desotelle, consultant; Sue O’Halloran, University of Wisconsin Extension; and Nick Zlonis, former communication designer, earned an APEX award of excellence for design and layout for “Building Superior Coastal Communities,” a 26-page booklet that helps residents around Lake Superior understand the sensitive landscape and consider options for community development that protect natural resources. This annual international competition is sponsored by Communications Concepts, Inc., an organization that helps public relations and marketing professionals improve communications products and programs. This year there were 578 design entries and a total of 37 awards given.

Hagley and Schomberg were among those honored by the Lake Superior Binational Forum for their work on the LakeSuperiorStreams.org Web site. They and colleagues from the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Natural Resources Research Institute and Department of Education, the City of Duluth, South St. Louis County Soil and Watershed Conservation District, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District earned an environmental stewardship award in the organization category for the Web site, which was noted for its “outstanding efforts to restore or protect the natural environment in the Lake Superior Basin.” The award was presented during July at a ceremony in Superior, Wisc.


By Sea Grant Staff
August 2007

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