Fillinger’s Creativity, Service Contribute to Award
Contact Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (July 12, 2012) – Creativity and a drive to produce quality marketing and promotional materials that help the University of Central Missouri to achieve communication goals have contributed to recognition for Adrianne Fillinger, creative specialist II in the Office of University Relations. The UCM alumna has received the 2012 Carl B. Foster/John M. Inglish Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Service in Public Relations. Fillinger is a former Sedalia resident who currently resides in Odessa.
The award was presented July 3 by Robin Krause, director of marketing and promotions in the Office of University Relations. Established in 2000 by an endowment to the UCM Foundation, the award was created to honor achievement and service by members of the university’s public relations staff. John Inglish, director emeritus of public relations, created the endowment the year he retired in honor of his longtime friend and mentor, Carl Foster, who retired as UCM director emeritus of public relations in 1986 after 19 years of service. Inglish devoted more than 27 years to UCM’s public relations office before he retired. The award includes the addition of the recipient’s name on a plaque in University Relations honoring all previous recipients, and a monetary prize made possible by the endowment.
Krause said because of her commitment to service and excellence in her area, Fillinger exemplifies the type of individual for whom the award is intended. She is the tenth person to be honored..
“Adrianne is dedicated to creating innovative and high-quality designs for UCM,” Krause said. “With her expertise she has brought tremendous professionalism to all of the publications she has worked on. In particular, she has been the lead designer on most of the publications used by our Office of Enrollment Management for recruiting prospective students. These get handed out to thousands of high school and transfer students each year.”
Krause added, “She has also been an important team member as we focused and fine-tuned the design of our ‘Choose Red’ marketing campaign.”
Fillinger graduated magna cum laude from UCM in 2004 with a degree in commercial art, emphasis in Illustration, and is currently pursuing graduate study. She began working at Central Missouri on Sept 1, 2010.
“I want to recognize that most everything we do in this department requires a team effort in some fashion, be it a collaboration of writers, designers, photographers, or the partnerships with clients. The marketing pieces that I've designed for UCM are successful due to the hard work of the many involved,” Fillinger said. She added, however, that that she is pleased to be recognized for her role in such efforts.
“I think anyone could agree that there’s really nothing more gratifying than to have a career in one’s field of study, and to be selected as a recipient of an award showing excellence in that career…,” Fillinger said. She added, “To be told that you are doing it very well really puts the icing on the cake and it feels like all the hard work matters in the ‘bigger picture.’ I guess it reinforces my feelings that I am on the right path and that my passion and hard work does have its rewards.”
Fillinger said she appreciates being part of an office that allows her to use the fundamental tools that UCM gave her as a student. She insisted coming to work on campus “feels like a home.”
“I love my position here at UCM and I deeply care about this institution, the students, my co-workers, but most of all, the communication that people receive about UCM – and it really feels good to be a part of something bigger.”