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MSU Web and Digital Communications team receives top website award at regional competition

February 22, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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A university events calendar produced by MSU Web and Digital Communications recently received the highest award for a university website at an annual competition of colleges and universities in the Pacific Northwest and western Canada.

The MSU Calendar of Events won a grand gold award in the website category of the 2013 Council for Advancement and Support of Education, or CASE, District VIII awards program.

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, web support programmer, and student employee Dain Vermaak worked on the redesign. The online calendar may be found at:

Since its launch in March 2012, the MSU Calendar of Events has received more than 2,000 event submissions, which is nearly double the number of events that the previous Web calendar system had in its six-year lifespan, according to Dolan. In addition, the number of page views in the system has increased from 2,500 a month in October 2011 using the old calendar system to more than 50,000 a month in October 2012.

"The MSU Calendar of Events has allowed for the distributed management of events while facilitating a central oversight to ensure the quality of the events," Dolan said. "The truly innovative quality of the calendar, beyond it being an effective event calendar system, is its flexibility in integrating existing communications systems throughout our campus within the calendar system."

Other communications produced by MSU won gold and silver awards in the 2013 CASE District VIII awards program. The MSU Alumni Foundation received a bronze award.

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.


Contact: Tom Calcagni, or 994-4571