Statewide Organization Honors Colorado State University with Public Relations Awards

Colorado State University’s Division of External Relations has won two Gold Pick Awards from the Colorado chapter of the Public Relations Society of America for the unit’s work promoting ground-breaking professors at the research university.

Colorado State was the only university honored in the statewide competition, which featured some of the largest public relations firms and campaigns in Colorado. The Gold Pick Awards signify the best work in the industry in specific categories.

Winning Gold Pick Awards at the ceremony in Denver May 3:

“Temple Grandin – The World Needs All Kinds of Minds,” a campaign to promote Grandin, an animal sciences professor in the College of Agricultural Sciences, and other CSU experts as part of Autism Awareness Month, won in the government campaigns category.

“Biologist Builds Explosive-Sniffing Plants,” a campaign to promote the unique, cutting-edge research of June Medford, a biology professor in the College of Natural Sciences, won in the government media relations category.

Both entries were honored for using multi-media, social media, news releases and other print outlets to tell important research stories at the university.

“These awards demonstrate the professionalism and expertise of the communications team at Colorado State as well as the impact our faculty are having around the globe,” said Tom Milligan, vice president for External Relations at Colorado State. “While it is great to win these awards and we’re proud of the work that led to them, we’re even more proud to work with people like Temple Grandin and June Medford and to share their amazing stories.”

Entries were judged this year by senior-level executives from the Phoenix PRSA chapter.