Four communications offices at the University of Missouri-Rolla received eight awards for media relations, publications, radio production and video production from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) during the CASE District VI conference held Jan. 11-13 in Denver.
UMR’s public relations office received the Gold Award from CASE District VI in the category of Excellence in Institutional Relations, Overall Media Placement Program. The award is shared by public relations staff members Andrew Careaga, Claire Faucett, John Kean, Mindy Limback, Mary Helen Stoltz and Tracy Wilson.
The public relations office also received the Bronze Award for Excellence in Writing, Science/Technology/Research Article, for "Industrial Ecology: Designing with the Future in Mind," by Melissa Dereberry, published in the September 2003 issue of UMR’s online research publication "Visions" (visions.mst.edu); and the Bronze Award for Excellence in Writing, Feature Story, for "No. 1 Under the Sun," by Careaga. The feature was published in the Fall 2003 issue of UMR’s alumni magazine, MSM-UMR Alumnus.
UMR’s video productions received the Gold Award for Excellence in Multimedia, Video, for "Race to the Sun," a video about UMR’s Solar Car Team, which won the 2003 American Solar Challenge. Tom Shipley produced the video with assistance from Dulce Grotha, assistant manager of UMR’s Video Communications Center, and Robert Mitchell, dean of the UMR School of Engineering. UMR’s video productions also received the Bronze Award in the category of Excellence in Multimedia, CD-ROM (UMR’s entry was actually a DVD, titled "Designed for Success," about UMR student design teams and projects created for the UMR School of Engineering and the UMR School of Mines and Metallurgy). Tom Shipley created the DVD with assistance from Grotha.
Public Radio KUMR and the public relations office won the Silver Award for Excellence in Multimedia, Radio, for its research program "TechnoFiles." The program is hosted by UMR Vice Provost for Research and Sponsored Programs Wayne Huebner along with KUMR’s General Manager Jim Sigler. It is produced by John Francis, and engineered by Chuck Knapp, with assistance from Limback.
The publications office received the Silver Award for Excellence in Graphic Design, Special Publications, for "A Taste of UMR," an invitation to UMR’s Order of the Golden Shillelagh weekend celebration. The piece was designed by Joann Stiritz and written by Tricia Murphy, with assistance from Rebecca Frisbee and Lucy Sutcliffe, UMR development officer. The publications office also received the Bronze Award for Excellence in Graphic Design, Series or Multiple-Piece Project — One, Two or Three Colors, for "A Taste of UMR."
All four communications offices are within the Division of University Advancement at UMR, and the awards were for projects and activities that occurred between Oct. 1, 2002, and Sept. 30, 2003.
More than 950 entries were received for the CASE District VI awards from more than 70 colleges, universities and independent schools in Missouri, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.
CASE is the international organization for educational advancement and includes members from the areas of alumni relations, communications and philanthropy.