The University of Missouri-Rolla received 10 awards for alumni relations, marketing, media relations, publications, online communications and video and DVD production from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) during the CASE District VI conference held Jan. 22-24 in St. Louis.
CASE is the international organization for educational advancement. Its membership is comprised of college, university and independent school staff members in the areas of alumni relations, communications and marketing, and philanthropy.
A total of 1,000 entries were received for the CASE District VI awards from 70 colleges, universities and independent schools in Missouri, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.
UMR received one grand gold, three gold, three silver and three bronze awards during the conference. The awards were as follows:
A Grand Gold Award for Excellence in Multimedia CD/DVD, for “Paradise Found,” a promotional DVD about a research trip to the Bahamas by UMR biological sciences students created and produced by Tom Shipley, manager of video productions.
A Gold Award for Excellence in Multimedia Video, for Shipley’s “Paradise Found.”
A Gold Award for Excellence in Alumni Programming – Clubs/Chapters/Branches Programming, for the MSM-UMR Alumni Association’s alumni section events during last summer’s North American Solar Challenge. The alumni and constituent relations office coordinated events for alumni along the race route, which ran from Austin, Texas, to Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The events included a send-off in Austin and a finish line celebration in Calgary. The award is shared by alumni and constituent relations staff members Lindsay Bagnall (director), Marianne Ward (assistant director), Stephanie Martensen (coordinator), Renee Stone (administrative assistant), Amy McMillen (administrative assistant) and Brandi Washburn (secretary).
A Gold Award for Excellence in Graphic Design – Editorial Design, for the MSM-UMR Alumnus (now the UMR Magazine), for the spring 2005 issue about UMR’s performing arts programs. The quarterly alumni magazine is designed by the publications staff and produced by the offices of publications, public relations, and alumni and constituent relations. The award is shared by publications staff members Rebecca Frisbee, manager; communications specialists Tricia Murphy, Ian Nance and Joann Stiritz; and Linda Fulps, administrative assistant of communications.
A Silver Award for Excellence in Fundraising Materials – Fundraising Direct Mail, for the Joe Miner lapel pin campaign conducted by the alumni and constituent relations office.
A Silver Award for Excellence in Multimedia – Web Sub-site or Special Section, for “Not Your Average Joe,” a website that was part of an internal marketing campaign to raise awareness for the redesign of UMR’s Joe Miner Mascot. The site was created by the electronic marketing communications (EMarComm) staff, with assistance from the offices of publications and public relations. The award is shared by EMarComm staff members Cheryl McKay, manager; Mark Remer, Internet administrator specialist, and Kevin Tharp, communications specialist.
A Silver Award for Excellence in Multimedia Video, for “It’s Your World – Jump In,” a student recruitment video created and produced by Shipley.
A Bronze Award for Excellence in Institutional Relations – Overall Media Placement Program, for the annual media placement efforts of the office of public relations. The award is shared by Mary Helen Stoltz, manager, communications specialists Lance Feyh and Mindy Limback, and John Kean, senior information specialist-sports.
A Bronze Award for Excellence in Communications, Periodicals – External Audience Tabloid/Newsletter, for the Chancellor’s Newsletter, a quarterly electronic newsletter produced by the electronic marketing communications staff.
A Bronze Award for Excellence in Institutional Relations – Best Solution to an Institutional Communications Challenge, for the “Not Your Average Joe” internal marketing campaign. The campaign, designed to raise awareness for the redesign of UMR’s Joe Miner mascot, was developed and carried out by the four UMR communications offices: electronic marketing communications, publications, public relations and video productions.
All of the offices to receive the awards are within the Division of University Advancement at UMR, and the awards were for projects and activities that occurred between Oct. 1, 2004, and Sept. 30, 2005.