Society of Adventist Communicators Convention

WWU creates award-winning work in design and video

Walla Walla University received several awards for graphic design and video production at the Society of Adventist Communicators Convention Awards Banquet. Adventist communicators from across the country attend this annual convention, which was held in 2018 at the headquarters of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists in Columbia, Maryland.

The SAC is an organization the supports and encourages the professional development, continuing education, recognition, networking, and nurturing of Christians with careers in communication.Their mission is to nurture the professional growth of communicators in a spiritual and social environment.

The awards received by WWU this year were:

Design: Print Student
The Collegian, Walla Walla University
WWU students: Daniella Sila, Kate Beckner, Hannah Chebeleu, Kyra GreyEyes, Sophie Bailey, Ashley Henry-Saturne, Liam O'Riley, and Hannah Thiel

Video: Short Film Honorable Mention
Walla Walla University | Life Together
CMBell Company

Design: Comprehensive Best in Class
Award of Excellence: (top award—best out of all categories, with a crystal trophy)
WWU Brand Refresh, Walla Walla University
For production of a thorough, engaging, and high-quality digest of information purposefully aimed at prospective students and parents.
WWU staff: Emily Muthersbaugh, Kim Strobel, Alix Harris, and Chris Drake
WWU students: Sophie Bailey and Mindy Robinson

In addition to the awards banquet, other highlights of the SAC Convention included giveaways, keynote speakers, conference sessions, food and fellowship, and TechTalks, which are funny, fast-paced explanations or demonstrations of cutting-edge technology.

The Society of Adventist Communicators Convention, which took place in October, provides opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to network and meet people who are working in the field of communication. Particularly, those who work or want to work for Seventh-day Adventist churches or ministry programs.

“The number of professional communicators and communication scholars in the Seventh-day Adventist church is relatively small,” said Linda Crumley, professor of communication and chair of the Department of Communication and Languages. “Meeting some of these people at SAC greatly expands the chance that a student will be remembered in the future when internships and job opportunities become available.”

Crumley said she hopes students left the SAC Convention with new contacts and a better understanding of what employment in the field of communication requires.

To learn more about the Department of Communication and Languages at WWU, visit

Posted Feb. 12, 2019

Marketing and University Relations staff pictured holding the SAC award of excellence
WWU Marketing and University Relations staff (left to right): Emily Muthersbaugh, Chris Drake, Alix Harris, and Kim Strobel