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Kansas State University wins 42 awards for promoting higher education

Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019

Kansas State University's inaugural KSUnite event on Nov. 14, 2017

Kansas State University's inaugural KSUnite event on Nov. 14, 2017 received a silver CASE award in the single day events category. | Download this photo.


MANHATTAN — Kansas State University's creative teams collectively received a record-setting 42 awards from District VI of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, or CASE.

The awards highlight the best practices in alumni relations, fundraising, public and governmental relations, advancement services, special events and communications among an association of educational institutions. The awards were presented at the District VI Conference Jan. 13-15. District VI includes educational institutions in Kansas, Colorado, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.

"K-State again won the most awards out of all the educational institutions in District VI and the most awards in recent university history," said Jeff Morris, vice president for communications and marketing. "This accomplishment is a direct result of a collaborative effort of the Division of Communications and Marketing, K-State Alumni Association and the KSU Foundation to advance higher education in the state of Kansas."

The Division of Communications and Marketing received 11 awards; the KSU Foundation received 15 awards; the K-State Alumni Association received 14 awards; and K-State Olathe received two awards.

"It is so gratifying to be recognized by our peer institutions," said Amy Button Renz, president and CEO of the K-State Alumni Association. "These honors reflect the outstanding effort, creativity and dedication of our staff, who strive every day to successfully accomplish our mission to lead and inspire lifelong involvement that will benefit Kansas State University and all members of our Wildcat community."

The KSU Foundation's K-State Family Scholarship Program and the K-State Alumni Center stained glass mural unveiling of "A Spot I Love Full Well" won awards in the platinum category and will compete in the international Circle of Excellence awards.

"We are very proud of the talent here at the KSU Foundation, both in communications and fundraising," said Greg Willems, president and CEO of the KSU Foundation. "In particular, we are proud that the K-State Family Scholarship Program was recognized with a platinum award for fundraising. We thank the many generous donors who have fueled the program's success."

The following is a list of the awards received by the teams:

• Grand gold awards for the summer 2018 Good for K-State magazine in the general interest magazines category; the summer 2018 Good for K-State magazine in the individual fundraising publications category; and the 2017-2018 hype video in the long video category.

• Gold awards for the Evening of Gratitude invitation; the fall 2017 Good for K-State magazine in the publications category and in the individual fundraising publications category; the summer 2018 K-Stater magazine in publications design category and special issues magazines category; Student Governing Association Green Week poster; Alumni Career Services Facebook live videos in the best uses of social media category; K-State tumbler giveaway in the alumni relations innovative use of technology category; the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance website; the winter 2017 K-Stater magazine for magazine publishing improvement; the August 2018 @K-State alumni e-newsletter; the June 2018 @K-State alumni e-newsletter; fall 2017 Seek magazine research publication; Hale Library fire recovery communications in the strategic communications-issues and crisis management category; and K-Stater magazine articles in the excellence in news writing category.

• Silver awards for the K-State Alumni Excellence Award and Wall of Distinction in the regular alumni program category; Innovation & Inspiration Campaign event invitations; e-newsletter cartoon ad and admitted student Instagram livestream tied in the best uses of social media category; targeted admissions landing pages in the innovative uses of technology category; KSUnite in the single-day events category; and the Hale Library long video in the fundraising videos category.

• Bronze awards for the K-State Valentine's Day Card in the multipage publications/folders category; #KStateKind Random Acts of Kindness Engagement Initiative in the best uses of social media category; the Coming Full Circle layout in the fall 2018 K-Stater magazine and From the Ashes layout in the spring 2018 K-Stater magazine tied in the editorial design category; Influence Tomorrow website; K-State Olathe school counseling digital marketing campaign; APDesign large viewbook and mini viewbook in the student recruitment publications category; KS-Sci mood board in the visual identity systems; K-State fight song 90th anniversary in the special events multiday category; and the College of Engineering Transformational Investments video, the College of Architecture, Planning & Design scholarship banquet thank-you video, the Harold and Olympia Lonsinger gift to K-State video, and the gratitude for the Berney family video all tied in the fundraising short video category; the 2018 KSU Foundation brand spot; and K-State Olathe general news writing.


Amy Button Renz

Greg Willems

Jeff Morris


K-State Alumni Association

KSU Foundation

Division of Communications and Marketing

Written by

Stephanie Jacques