OPAC staff members honored with professional recognitions


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From left to right are Samantha Musleh, Sue Ryan and Beth Grisoli

Three members of the Office of Public Affairs and Communications have recently received professional recognition for their work.

Samantha Musleh, the preschool coordinator and lead teacher at the Robinson Community Learning Center, has been awarded the national educator award for Indiana. The Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation award honors exceptional child care professionals who know the incredible value of early childhood education and are committed to making a difference by giving children a strong start in their lives.

Ragan Communications and PR Daily selected Sue Ryan, director of media relations, as one of its Top Women in Communications in the Crisis Navigator category. Of the 145 honorees, Ryan is one of only three from higher education.

This award recognizes, in the words of the organizers, “the female communications professionals whose dedication and contributions to the industry are making a significant impact in their day-to-day job and career, advancing the profession while accelerating growth for their organization.”

Beth Grisoli, producer and director of multimedia services, and the multimedia team received a silver Telly Award in the Branded Content Not-for-Profit category for their 2021 What Would You Fight For? Series, which are nationally televised during home Notre Dame football games. Each video piece is supported online by photography and an article.

“The work we do in OPAC touches so many lives and in many different ways. I’m proud that three of our staff, each representing a different area of expertise among our team, were recognized by state and national organizations for excellence in their fields,” said Joel Curran, vice president for public affairs and communications at Notre Dame. “I thank Samantha, Sue and Beth for bringing their best to Notre Dame and sharing it with the campus and greater communities. Well done.”