Colorado State University Honored with Top Communication Campaign of 2005

Colorado State University’s Office of Media and Community Relations has been presented with four top communications awards from the League of American Communications Professionals, including the top university communications campaign in the nation for 2005.

Colorado State’s entry of the "Worst Hurricane Season on Record" won the Magellan Platinum Award in the category of Organizational Communications for an Educational Institution. The hurricane entry also placed sixth overall in the top 50 publicity campaigns for 2005 which includes entries from all categories. Colorado State was ranked with such organizations as The PGA of America/Alday Communications, National Restaurant Association/Hill and Knowlton, Palm Inc./A&R Partners, Washington State Department of Transportation and ESPN, Inc.

Three Colorado State entries were ranked in the top 50 publicity campaigns of 2005. The top 50 awards are given to the highest scoring entries regardless of competition class.

Colorado State’s media and community relations team also won gold, silver and bronze awards in the category of Organizational Communications for Educational Institutions. The team won the gold award for "Alcohol Task Force," the silver award for "Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources" and the bronze award for "Colorado State Awarded $40 Million for Disease Research." Both the "Alcohol Task Force" and "Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources" entries ranked among the top 50 best communications campaigns of 2005, placing 17th and 36th respectively.

Several individuals in Colorado State’s Communications and Creative Services supported the communications campaigns and were instrumental in the success of these efforts including staff in Web development, publications, creative services and video production.

"The 2005 Magellan Awards drew an unprecedented number of entries representing a broad range of industries and organizational sizes," said Tyson Heyn, APR, LACP Principal. "More than 475 entries were submitted, so competition was exceptionally tough. Winners demonstrated a laser focus on communications grounded in creativity and passion, which ultimately helped message recipients understand and appreciate its relevance and importance."

LACP is an organization dedicated to supporting and recognizing excellence in the practice of professional communications. To see the complete list of winners or to learn more about the winning submissions, visit