Colorado State University Awarded Top Alumni and Communications Honors

The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education District VI has presented Colorado State University with three gold awards, two silvers and a bronze for excellence in alumni relations and communication.

Awards were presented to the Offices of Media and Community Relations, Alumni Relations and Communications and Creative Services.

Colorado State’s Office of Media and Community relations won three gold awards and a bronze for Excellence in Institutional Relations.

"Colorado State’s Warner College of Natural Resources" won the gold award in the Media Placements on a Single Topic category. The entry outlined the media relations effort to announce the largest cash gift in Colorado State University history, a total of $30 million, given to the College of Natural Resources on September 29, 2005, by distinguished alumnus Edward Warner.

"Worst Hurricane Season on Record" won the gold award in the Overall Media Placement Program category. The entry outlines the media relations team’s initiative to promote Colorado State’s hurricane forecast team, as well as other experts throughout the university, to offer reporters hurricane-related news stories and sources throughout the worst season on record.

"Colorado State University’s Responsible Drinking Campaign" won the gold award in the Best Solution to an Institutional Communications Challenge category. The entry focused on the university’s communication effort to promote positive behavior by having students and fans think about potential behavioral consequences of not being responsible with alcohol use.

"Alcohol Task Force" won a bronze in the Institutional Relations Project category. The project focused on communication and media relations efforts for the university’s task force, which was formed to investigate the university’s alcohol policies, examine student behavior related to alcohol use and abuse, review alcohol advertising practices and standards on campus and in Fort Collins, and develop specific steps to reduce alcohol abuse and its negative consequences on students and the Fort Collins community.

Several individuals in Colorado State’s Office of 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.

Colorado State’s Office of Alumni Relations won the silver award in the Excellence in Alumni Programming – Alumni Events category for the Green and Gold Gala – an annual celebration that brings together alumni and friends in the Denver metro area to celebrate their connection to the university. The event provides a grand stage to feature the achievements of the university. Proceeds from the dinner and silent auction support a special scholarship fund for prospective and current Colorado State students as well as the development of the new alumni and visitor’s center.

The Office of Communications and Creative Services at Colorado State won the silver award in the Excellence in Graphic Design – Best Solution to a Visual Communications Challenge category for "Omega Three for Baby and Me," which is a pregnancy nutrition program designed to encourage pregnant women to eat more Omega Three fatty acids during pregnancy. If eaten during pregnancy, these fatty acids can improve gestation periods and increase newborn baby weight.

CASE is a professional organization for advancement professionals at all levels who work in alumni relations, communication and development. Colorado State received the awards from CASE District VI, which includes public and private K-12 and post-secondary schools in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.