A Chemeketa Community College staff member took the best two-year college promotional picture in five western states and four Canadian provinces and territories.
Terri Jacobson, a publications specialist in the Marketing & Student Recruitment office, received the Gold Medallion of Excellence for original photography during the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR) District 7 Conference, held in Salem earlier this month.
NCMPR is an organization for marketing & public relations professionals at community and technical colleges. There are more than 1,550 members from 650 colleges in the United States, Canada and other countries. District 7 of NCMPR includes the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska along with the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia plus the Yukon Territory.
Jacobson took her award-winning photo in November 2011 at Chemeketa’s Brooks Regional Training Facility. It shows a group of fire suppression students training on a propane fire.
“Terri’s talent showcases Chemeketa and our students,” said Greg Harris, Chemeketa’s dean of marketing and student recruitment.
Jacobson has been at Chemeketa since 2000 and started taking up photography seriously about three years ago. She regularly takes promotional photos as part of her work in Chemeketa’s marketing office.
Outside of her work at the college, Jacobson is heavily involved in pet photography, volunteering her photography skills to various organizations.
“Pet adoption and rescue is at the very core of my soul and I volunteer my time to various organizations,” Jacobson said.
She takes pictures of adoptable dogs twice a month for the Marion County Animal Shelter and recently partnered with local store, Nature’s Pet, to shoot a Pets of Salem calendar, where proceeds go to the Willamette Valley Humane Society.
A larger version of Jacobson’s award-winning photo is posted on Chemeketa’s Facebook page.