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Kansas State University's creative teams receive 28 CASE awards for promoting higher education

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

stages of the eclipse photo, by Tommy Theis

The stages of the eclipse photo, by Tommy Theis, is one of 28 creative works by Kansas State University's communications teams to win CASE awards. | Download this photo.


MANHATTAN — Kansas State University's creative communications teams will collectively receive 28 awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, or CASE, at the council's District VI conference, Jan. 28-30, in St. Louis.

The council is an international association of educational institutions. Along with Kansas State University, other District VI members include educational institutions in Kansas, Colorado, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. Each year the district selects CASE institutional awards to highlight the best practices in alumni relations, fundraising, public and governmental relations, advancement services, special events and communications.

The K-State Alumni Association will receive 11 CASE awards for creative works and programs from 2016-2017.

"The CASE awards recognize the talent and quality of work done by our collective staffs at K-State," said Amy Button Renz, president and CEO of the K-State Alumni Association. "It's rewarding in itself for our teams to produce programming, materials and services that engage our alumni and friends. To be recognized by our peers at CASE adds to the excitement of receiving this recognition. Everyone has a role in the success and we congratulate everyone on our staff for a job well done."

In the platinum category for Best Practices in Alumni Relations, the K-State Wabash CannonBall events won gold and will advance to compete in the international Circle of Excellence awards.

The association's additional awards:

• Three gold awards for Student Alumni Board Diversity Recruitment initiatives; winter 2016 K-Stater magazine cover design; and the World War 1 Memorial Stadium Dedication single-day event.

• Four silver awards for the K-State Alumni Association 2017 member calendar design; @K-State e-newsletter in the innovative uses of technology category and in the external audience digital newsletter category; and Total Solar Eclipse events in the special events multiday category.

• Three bronze awards for best use of social media with the Born to Be a Wildcat coloring pages; K-State Alumni Clubs website; and excellence in news writing for the K-Stater Magazine.

Kansas State University's Division of Communications and Marketing will receive 16 CASE awards for creative works from 2016-2017.

"It is impressive that K-State's creative teams can win these prestigious awards in multiple disciplines," said Jeff Morris, vice president for communications and marketing. "It shows that we have a diverse array of talents aiming to advance higher education in the state of Kansas."

In the platinum category for Best Practices in Communications and Marketing, K-State Today e-newsletter won gold and will advance to compete in the international Circle of Excellence awards. The Kansas State University home page and the Solar Eclipse communication package tied for silver.

The division's additional awards:

• A grand gold for "Introduction to ALICE" general information long video.

• Seven gold awards for the K-State Global Campus "Always On, Always There" commercial; "#YouAreWelcomeHere" short recruitment video; The K-State "APDesign Difference" package short recruitment video; the 2017 "Wabash Cannonball" fundraising short video for the K-State Alumni Association; and Seek magazine in three categories — institutional relations research publications category, special constituency category and periodicals design category.

• Four silver awards for Stages of the Eclipse photography; K-State Today internal audience digital publication; "Many paths, one destination" commercial spot; and "Tap to Togetherness" long recruitment video.

• A bronze award for excellence in research and science news writing.

The KSU Foundation will receive one silver CASE award for periodical staff writing in the spring 2017 issue of Good for K-State.

"Effectively telling the story of how philanthropy makes a difference at K-State is essential to engage the imagination of K-Staters everywhere and inspire the next generation of donors in the K-State family," said Greg Willems, president and CEO of KSU Foundation. "We are very proud of this recognition of the communications talent here at the KSU Foundation, and across the academy."


Amy Button Renz

Greg Willems

Jeff Morris





Written by

Stephanie Jacques