Illinois State’s University Marketing and Communications creative team picked up four gold awards and two other honors this month in the first round of the American Advertising Awards, for work representing various departments on campus.

The six American Advertising Awards, formerly called the Addy Awards, were announced February 7 by the Peoria Ad Club, the Central Illinois chapter of the American Advertising Federation. Top winners in the Peoria competition are sent on to the regional competition, and those winners go onto the national competition.

“UMC is very excited to win these awards for the communications work created on behalf of our clients throughout the University,” said UMC Executive Director Brian Beam. “These awards reinforce the fact that the quality of our publications work meets and exceeds that of advertising and creative agencies throughout Illinois. We have an incredibly talented staff, and I’m very proud of the work they do for Illinois State.”

UMC took home six awards:

  • Gold award: “STATE your Passion” admissions materials. Designed by Carol Jalowiec for the Office of Admissions.
  • Gold award: WGLT 2014 Summer and Winter Spring Events Guide. Designed by Mike Mahle for WGLT.
  • Gold award: Illinois State magazine (November 2013 issue), produced by UMC’s editorial team, led by editor Susan Marquardt Blystone, and designed by UMC staff for Alumni Relations.
  • Gold award: University Advancement (UA) event poster, designed by Sean Thornton for UA.
  • Judge’s Choice and silver awards: Emergency Alert ad campaign, designed by Jon Robinson for Environmental Health and Safety, EHS Director J.C. Crabill, and the Dean of Students Office.

Here are some of the Illinois State staff members involved with the award-winning work:

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UMC serves as a creative agency handling Illinois State’s communications to external audiences through marketing, publications, social media, photography, and videography.