Missouri S&T received 20 awards for excellence in alumni relations, video production, fundraising, media relations, institutional relations, graphic design and institutional identity from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) during the CASE District VI conference held Jan. 10-12 in St. Louis.
S&T won one grand gold, three gold, seven silver and eight bronze awards in the annual competition, as well as the district’s Sweepstakes Award for best overall institutional advancement program in its enrollment category of 5,000-7,499 students. This is the fourth year in a row the university has won the Sweepstakes Award.
CASE received 719 entries for the annual awards program from 51 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. Its membership is made up of college, university and independent school staff members in the areas of alumni relations, communications and marketing, and philanthropy.
The awards were as follows:
- The Grand Gold Award for Excellence in Multimedia: Video for the video “It’s Your Turn,” which describes the university’s 140-year history in under 4 minutes. The video was produced by Tom Shipley, manager of video productions, for the Miner Alumni Association’s 2009 opening week programming.
- Three gold awards for special groups programming (student design teams around the country), program mailing for annual fund support (a deck of cards featuring Missouri S&T’s mascot, Joe Miner, designed by Joann Stiritz, senior communications specialist) and institutional relations (for work promoting the Discovery Channel television series “The Detonators,” featuring Missouri S&T’s Dr. Paul Worsey, professor of mining engineering). The Miner Alumni Association received the first two awards, and the communications department received the third award.
- Seven silver awards – five by the Miner Alumni Association and two by the communications department. The alumni association won for special groups programming (St. Pat’s 101st Around the Country), homecoming, reunions or parent programming (the golden alumni reunion), student advancement programming (the freshman opening week programming), special constituency giving programming (the “Cooper” donor mailing) and alumni event (for the 2008 awards banquet). The communications department won for excellence in multimedia for CD or DVD (the DVD version of “It’s Your Turn”) and for a publication created exclusively for electronic distribution (the “eSentiment” email campaign sent to alumni after commencement).
- Eight bronze awards – four each for the alumni association and the communications department. For the alumni association, the awards were given for excellence in development writing (for the Cooper donor mailing), special constituency giving program (for section event non-donors), fundraising direct mail (for the Joe Miner deck of cards designed by Stiritz) and student advancement programming (for student send-off parties around the country). The communications department won for excellence in writing for a profile or personality article or feature (for the article “Where’s Dave?” published in the Summer 2009 issue of Missouri S&T Magazine, written by Mary Helen Stoltz, manager of public relations), excellence in graphic identity for an institutional identity program (for the development of a graphic identity for Miner athletics, developed by graphic designers Stiritz, Megan Kean-O’Brien and Melpo Mankin, both communications specialists), excellence in institutional relations for an institutional relations project (for “Spacebook,” Sandra Magnus’ blog from space) and for overall media placement program (through media relations efforts conducted by Stoltz, assistant director of communications Mindy Limback, and communications specialists Lance Feyh and Linda Fulps).