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Sources: Steve Logback, 785-532-5051,;
and Tim Lindemuth, 785-532-5062,

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Advancement professionals at Kansas State University took home the 2009 Sweepstakes Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, also known as CASE, at the recent District 6 meeting in Kansas City, Mo.

K-State received 17 individual awards, the most for any school in the division for colleges and universities with enrollments of 7,500 or more students, to claim top honors. K-State also received the Sweepstakes Award in 2006.

"This is very exciting for our university," said K-State President Jon Wefald. "This is a great accomplishment for K-State, and I am certainly proud of our staff for their efforts not only on these winning entries, but for everything they do."

The K-State Alumni Association won eight awards, and three awards were presented to each of the following university units: the Kansas State University Foundation, university publications and K-State at Salina. Of the 17 total awards presented to K-State, three were grand gold awards, five were gold, three silver and six bronze. The grand gold, which is the best in its class, were for the alumni association's K-Stater magazine for news and feature photography; the foundation's tornado relief e-appeal in the fundraising videos and DVDs category; and university publications' "K-State e-news" in the electronic newsletter or magazine category.

The K-State awards include:

* The K-State Alumni Association, grand gold award in the news/editorial or feature photography category for a K-Stater magazine photo, "Time Saver"; gold award in the alumni event category for the "Wabash CannonBall"; a gold in the excellence in development writing category for the "Annual Fund Appeal to Life Members; a silver award in publications produced on a budget for the "Big 12 Recent Grad E-Solicitation" and a silver award in program mailing for annual fund support for the "Tradition Founders Fund"; a bronze award in the publication created exclusively for electronic distribution category, “Big 12 Recent Grad E-Solicitation," a bronze award in the membership appeal category for the "Upgrade to Life Membership Campaign" and a bronze award for the alumni association's Web site,

* The Kansas State University Foundation, grand gold in the fundraising videos and/or DVDs category for its "K-State Tornado Relief E-Appeal"; a gold award in the fundraising direct mail category for its "Annual Fund Appeal"; and a bronze award in the fundraising brochures/publications category for the "Changing Lives Campaign Impact Report."

* K-State at Salina, gold award in the poster, four or more colors, category, for the "K-State at Salina Aviation Poster"; a bronze award in the series or multiple piece project, four colors, single-page format, category for "K-State at Salina Enrollment Management Package"; and a bronze award in the single print ad category for the K-State at Salina aviation ad in Flying magazine.

* University publications, a grand gold in the electronic newsletter or magazine category for "K-State e-news"; a gold award in the Web site category for the "Consider K-State" site; and a silver award in the student recruitment publication category for "K-State e-news."

The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education is a worldwide organization supporting colleges and universities by enhancing the effectiveness of the alumni relations, communications and fundraising professionals who serve them. District 6 includes 188 member institutions in Kansas, Colorado, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.