2012 Audio Visual Award Winner Announced

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Kelly Matune, a junior Public Relations major, has been named the Westminster College 2012 Audio Visual Award recipient. Ms. Matune is the daughter of Frank and Doreen Matune and a graduate of Kennedy Catholic High School in Hermitage, PA.

Gary Swanson, Westminster College director of audio visual services, said, "The award was created in 1999 to provide public recognition of the exceptional work provided to the campus through AV's work-study students.  An annual ballot of nominees is reviewed by a panel of current faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni.  Kelly's nominated work was selected as ‘most outstanding.'"

Matune began her work in AV as Public Relations Manager in July of 2010, and was promoted to the position of Operations manager in December of 2011.  According to Swanson, Matune has been consistently recognized by faculty, staff, and her peers for her considerate, competent, and collaborative approach to her work.

"Kelly has regularly demonstrated her proficiency in creative problem-solving, and has been instrumental in fostering and developing a number of significant ongoing relationships with our department," Swanson added.  "Nominations consistently recognized her as professional, inventive, driven and technically-savvy. Her orchestration and leadership for AV Week, our volunteer Green AV crew and e-recycling drives, and numerous other outreach programs has been especially impressive. I'm delighted that our panel of judges selected her as this year's award winner."

In 2011 Matune participated as the only student panelist in a national web conference sponsored by InfoComm International, a leading nonprofit association serving the professional AV communications industry worldwide to discuss planning ideas for AV Week.
She was awarded the Pennsylvania Communication Association (PCA) Voices of Tomorrow College Communicator of the Year Award in October of 2011 at the PCA Conference award banquet.

Within AV Services, Matune created the monthly TimesAVer electronic newsletter, which generates awareness for AV news and events to campus audiences who might not typically check the AV website on a regular basis. She has been instrumental in outreach to alumni, serving as the student liaison for the department's alumni council, and coordinating two very successful Homecoming gatherings for alumni who worked in AV to celebrate traditions and further develop networking opportunities.
Matune has been instrumental in continuing Westminster's e-recycling events, researching current Pennsylvania laws, vendor policies and business practices and coordinating campus details.  Each successive event has been so well received and more successful than its predecessor, the most recent of which collected over 13,000 lbs. of outdated electronics.

As Operations Manager, Matune has regularly demonstrated her competence in creative problem solving, working directly with management in her dedication to helping others overcome obstacles, and shoring up all roles and responsibilities as they relate to the goals of the department and the individuals involved. She has worked extensively to redesign the department's website, Facebook pages, and employee handbook wiki. She made improvements to ongoing staff training and "boot camp" training day; and continues to improve on the AV curriculum and training processes.

Matune serves as the PR Chair for Lambda Pi Eta, an honors communications society, is a volunteer food distribution worker for a New Castle based Church, and is a frequent Dean's List honoree.

Matune receives a framed certificate and bookstore gift certificate.  Her name will be added to the permanent award plaque on display in the audio visual department.

Further details on the award and past recipients can be found here.

Contact Swanson at (724) 946-7188 or e-mail gswanson@westminster.edu for additional information.

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