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RCCD Reports on Honors Received at Annual Public Relations Conference


RCCD Reports on Honors Received at Annual Public Relations Conference

​​​Representatives of the Riverside Community College District (RCCD) received state-wide recognition and awards last week from the ​Community Colleges Public Relations Organization (CCPRO). Highest honors went to Peggy Lomas, RCCD's Public Affairs Officer at Riverside City College. She was given the organization's All-Pro Award recognizing her exceptional public relations expertise and many years of service to community colleges. This prestigious award is given to one CCPRO member each year at the annual conference held in April.

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Lomas commented, “This award, while truly humbling for me because of the broad support I received from peers across the state, is really a reflection of my co-workers, staff, and the leaders I have worked with." She continued, “I am blessed to be surrounded by talented and committed people who together support students and the college mission."

Riverside Community College District was also honored with a Bronze award for its 2020-21 Annual Report. Gio Cardenas, RCCD's chief photographer, received a Silver Award in the Charles Cropsey Photography competition for a photo of the Fire Academy's Family Night demonstration. Riverside City College also won a Bronze award for the 2021 Giving Week promotional campaign.

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And, Will Stephens, an RCC Journalism student, won one of two CCPRO writing scholarships for his opinion article titled, “Ink poison intoxication."

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CCPRO is a statewide professional development and service organization that seeks to promote excellence among California's community college communications and public relations professionals. 
The organization serves as a central resource of information and provides counsel and assistance relating to the advancement of community colleges statewide and the professional growth of its members.


This year's conference was held April 6-8 at the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel. Workshops were presented on topics related to marketing, government relations, crisis communications, event planning, and social media management. The CCPRO awards dinner was held on Thursday evening.​



Awards were presented to RCCD representatives from the External Relations and Strategic Communications department (from left to right): Leslie Vargas, Marisa Yeager, Chris Clarke, and Peggy Lomas.


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