A Chemeketa Community College staff member took the best original marketing photograph for any community college in the United States or Canada.
Terri Jacobson, a publications specialist in the Marketing & Student Recruitment office, received first place for original photography at the Paragon Awards of the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR) March 12 during the organization’s annual conference in Chicago.
NCMPR is an organization for marketing and public relations professionals at community and technical colleges. NCMPR has 1,550 members from 650 colleges in the United States, Canada and other countries.
“Terri has worked hard to hone her craft and this award validates that she is an exceptional talent,” said Greg Harris, Chemeketa’s dean of marketing. “I’m grateful that she is so dedicated to putting her skills in service to Chemeketa and our students.”
Jacobson’s award-winning picture was taken at Chemeketa’s Brooks Regional Training Facility and shows a group of fire suppression student training to extinguish a propane fire.
“My entry was judged among those submitted by my peers across the United States and Canada, and to win is truly an honor,” Jacobson said.
In October Jacobson’s photo took first place in NCMPR’s regional District 7 competition. The district includes all community and technical colleges in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Yukon Territory.
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 the college’s marketing office.
Outside of her work at Chemeketa, Jacobson is heavily involved in pet photography, including in volunteer work. She takes pictures of adoptable dogs twice a month for the Marion County Animal Shelter and recently partnered with local business Nature’s Pet to shoot a Pets of Salem calendar, with proceeds from the sales going to the Willamette Valley Humane Society. Her work in this field was recently featured by the online news magazine Salem Is.