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MSU communication entries win top awards at regional competition

February 18, 2016

Communications produced by MSU received five awards at a recent regional contest for all universities, colleges and secondary schools in the Pacific Northwest and western Canada, including the award for the best magazine in the region. MSU photo.

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Communications produced by Montana State University received five awards at a recent regional contest for all universities, colleges and secondary schools in the Pacific Northwest and western Canada, including the top award for the most outstanding entry in the magazine category.

MSU's Mountains and Minds magazine won a grand gold for the top magazine in all magazine categories in the CASE District VIII competition held recently in Calgary. CASE is a professional support organization for higher education. CASE District VIII includes colleges and universities in the Pacific Northwest and western Canada.

The magazine is created entirely in-house by a team from MSU University Communications. Staff cited on the grand gold award include Tracy Ellig, executive director of University Communications, who serves as publisher; Carol Schmidt, managing editor; Bridget Ashcraft, art director; Kelly Gorham, lead photographer. Editor Anne Cantrell, production director Caroline Zimmerman, MSU marketing director Julie Kipfer and Ron Lambert, director of MSU Creative Services, were also recognized.

Other winners include Montana State University Explorers Guide, MSU’s viewbook for incoming students, which won silver awards in two categories: viewbooks and prospective student publications and multi-page design. Lambert, copywriter Alison Reidmohr and photographers Gorham and Sepp Jannotta were cited for their work on the award-winning entry.

Lambert was also at the helm of the redesign of the Collegian, MSU’s alumni magazine, which won a silver in the design improvement category. Ashcraft, Gorham and Jannotta were also named on the award.

A social media campaign that honored MSU veterans won a bronze award in the social media programs and projects category. Nilam Patel, MSU’s social media strategist, coordinated the campaign that also included contributions by videographer Abbey Nelson, Gorham and Lambert. Jake Dolan, director of MSU Web and Digital Communications, as well as programmers Jeanine Schoessler and Brett Davis, were also recognized on the award.

Kipfer noted that this is the fourth time in as many years that an MSU entry has won a grand gold award, which are selected from the top, or gold, winners in each category. Last year, MSU’s viewbook was a grand gold winner. In 2014, Mountains and Minds magazine also won a grand gold in the magazine category before it went on to win the Virginia Carter Smith Grand Crystal Award for the top entry in all categories of the competition. The MSU Web calendar won a grand gold in 2013. Gorham also received a CASE grand gold for his photography in 2010.

“MSU University Communications is proud that we are building a tradition of excellence,” Kipfer said. “Four grand gold awards in the last four years highlight three important aspects of our university: prospective students, donors and alumni and internal communications. We are proud of our talented team and are honored that our peers have recognized us for creating distinctive and award-winning work.”

To learn more about the awards, and CASE, go to:

Julie Kipfer (406) 994-5737,