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Pollie Awards 2015

Elections and Campaign Management - Pollie Awards

Fordham Students Break Record for Most Pollie Awards—Again!

New York—Four graduate students in the Elections and Campaign Management Program at Fordham University have been awarded Student Pollie Awards from the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC)—the highest honor bestowed by the association. The awards span several categories including Best Television Ad, Best Radio Ad, and Best Website. The students won a combined total of an unprecedented five Pollie Awards this year!

Fordham students received more Pollie Awards in more categories than any other program, outperforming other prestigious schools and campaign management programs including the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University, the University at Akron, and the University of Florida.

Winning the majority of awards is nothing new: Since 2007, Fordham ECM students have won more Pollie Awards than those from all other schools—combined!

Fordham’s 2015 Pollie award recipients are:

  • Best Campaign Plan (Gold): Nicole Jaconetty
  • Best Fundraising Effort (Silver): Nicole Jaconetty
  • Best Use of Direct Mail (Gold): Dina Charchour
  • Best Use of Television (Silver): Bryndís Ísfold Hlöðversdóttir
  • Best Use of Television (Bronze): Louis McDonald

Awarded annually by AAPC, the Pollies are the most prestigious awards in the political campaign and public affairs industry.

"We are so proud of our students," said Costas Panagopoulos, PhD, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Master’s Program in Elections and Campaign Management Program at Fordham. "We are delighted that the AAPC has recognized these students for excellence in political advertising,"

“The Pollie winners exemplify the high standard of excellence that students in the ECM program are trained to achieve. People work their entire professional careers in political advertising and never earn a Pollie,” he added. “To win a Pollie as a student is truly exceptional.”

Most entries Fordham students submitted were created as part of the "Strategies and Mechanisms of Political Communication" course co-taught during the fall 2014 term by veteran instructors and leading political strategists Joseph Mercurio and Bart Robbett. "This honor would not be possible without the expertise, dedication and individualized attention the instructors provide in the Elections and Campaign Management program," added Panagopoulos. "This is exactly why students come to Fordham for training in political management."

Students received their Pollie Awards at a ceremony in New Orleans, LA in March 2015.

Costas Panagopoulos, PhD

Tel: 917-405-9069

Email: cpanagopoulos@fordham.edu