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MSU communications win top awards at regional competition

January 18, 2013

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Communications produced by Montana State University have won gold, silver and bronze awards in the 2013 Council for Advancement and Support of Education District VIII awards program. The MSU Alumni Foundation was also honored by CASE District VIII.

The university and the MSU Alumni Foundation will receive the awards at the 2013 CASE District VIII annual conference set next month in Portland, Ore. It is believed that the seven awards is a university record in the competition.

The MSU Calendar of Events won a gold award in the website category. The revamped calendar system was built in-house by MSU Web and Digital Communications to meet MSU's specific needs and goals for event
distribution and promotion. Jake Dolan, director of MSU Web and digital communications, Jeanine Schoessler and student employee Dain Vermaak worked on the redesign. The online calendar may be found at: http://calendar.msu.montana.edu/.

MSU's Mountains and Minds magazine won a gold award in the category of general interest magazines with a circulation of less than 29,999. This is the second year that Mountains and Minds has won a gold award in its circulation category. The magazine is edited by Carol Schmidt. Bridget Ashcraft is the lead designer. Also cited are MSU President Waded Cruzado; publisher Thomas Calcagni, executive director of University Communications; executive editor Tracy Ellig, director of MSU News Service; and MSU photographer Kelly Gorham. An online version of Mountains and Minds may be found at: http://www.montana.edu/mountainsandminds/.

Two articles that were published in Mountains and Minds during 2012 won silver awards.

"Leaving Iraq," a photo essay featuring the work of MSU student Sean Foulkes, won a silver award for a series of related photographs. Foulkes, who is a senior from Manhattan, Mont., majoring in photography, shot the photographs while stationed in Iraq with Montana National Guard, which coincided with the U.S.' last year in the country. A slideshow featuring Foulkes' photographs of Iraq can be found on the Mountains and Minds website: http://www.montana.edu/mountainsandminds/article.php?article=11226.

"Everybody's All-Americans," a story about the 14 members of Montana State's pre-World War II football teams who were killed in the war, won a silver in the writing category. The story about the team, now known as "The Golden Ghosts," was written by freelance writer John Lukacs. It can be found online at: http://www.montana.edu/mountainsandminds/article.php?article=11489.

The MSU-produced television commercial, "We Work Together," featuring the award-winning MSU chapter of Engineers Without Borders, won a silver award in the video/multimedia category. The MSU video ad spot was produced in November 2011 involving a production crew nearly entirely composed of MSU students, faculty and alumni. Julie Kipfer, MSU director of marketing, was the executive producer of the spot. Faculty members Dennis Aig, and alumni Mark Vargo and Scott Chestnut were also cited. The spot may be viewed at: http://www.montana.edu/worktogether/

The MSU Viewbook also won a silver award in the visual design, multi-page print design category. Ron Lambert, MSU art director, Lee Cook, marketing specialist, and Gorham were cited. An interactive version of the MSU Viewbook may be found at: http://www.montana.edu/viewbook/.

The MSU Alumni Foundation membership materials, including their Cat Coin, membership kit, brochure, and tabletop display, won a bronze for design improvement/print or identity category. The materials were designed by Amy Falcione, MSU Alumni Foundation communications manager, and feature several photographs by Kelly Gorham.

CASE District VIII includes more than 130 colleges and universities in western Canada, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. CASE is a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas. This year there were more than 500 entries in the CASE District VIII competition.

Carol Schmidt (406) 994-1966, cschmidt@montana.edu