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UW Extension Communications Professionals Receive National Recognition

Two members of the 2021 University of Wyoming Extension communications team recently received national honors from the Association for Communication Excellence (ACE).

2021 Reflections research magazine cover with rows of green plants and blue sky with puffy clouds
The UW Extension communications team received a gold award for the 2021 Reflections research magazine.

The association recognized Tanya Engel and Steve Miller of the UW Extension Office of Communications and Technology for their outstanding work on two annual publications produced by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

ACE is a professional organization that comprises communicators, faculty and administrators from colleges of agriculture in land-grant universities and ag-related industries across the country.

Awards were presented at the 2022 ACE Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, last month.

“It’s gratifying to see our UW Extension communications team producing work that competes with the best products from some of the largest land-grant universities in the country,” says David Keto, manager of the Office of Communications & Technology.

Reflections, the annual research magazine of the UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, received a gold award in the technical publications category. Steve Miller, now retired, was the editor of the magazine and Tanya Engel was the graphic designer.

“Tanya Engel and Steve Miller (retired) have done a phenomenal job translating complex research into an eye-catching and easy to understand magazine that highlights the cutting-edge research of our Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station,” Keto remarks.

Downloadable copies of Reflections are available at

Engel also earned a bronze award in the enhanced photo category for an outstanding shot of Pistol and Pete, UW’s draft horse team. The photo is the cover image for the 2022 Pistol and Pete calendar and features the two horses standing in the doorway of a historic building at the UW farm in Laramie.

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Tanya Engel won bronze for her shot of UW draft horses Pistol and Pete.

The winning photo and iconic calendar “do a great job bringing out the personality of our draft horse team,” says Keto. Thanks to Engel’s creativity, each year’s calendar features a fresh set of fun (and sometimes funny) photos capturing Pistol and Pete in action.

For copies of the 2022 calendar, please contact the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station’s main office at or (307) 766-3667.

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