I just selected a team of 4 students to compete in a competition in Beijing in January, all expenses paid. Instead of emailing them, I called them and did the whole Oprah thing: YOU'RE GOING TO CHHHHIIIIIINAAAAAHHH!! They were so thrilled. One of the team members had just been laid off by WaMu and it'll be her birthday during the trip. I go goosebumps telling her. Soooo fun. Last year I notified them by email. This was way more gratifying!