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UMC takes home 7 awards in 2015 Pride of CASE V

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Illinois State’s University Marketing and Communications (UMC) team picked up seven honors in the 2015 Pride of CASE V competition for creative work done for partners across campus.

Among the winners were the illustrated Reggie Redbird children’s book and an online video storytelling project. Illinois State’s seven honors were the third-most among CASE V members in communications and design categories, behind only University of Michigan(14) and Indiana University(8).

UMC’s award-winning design, editorial, and multimedia work supported several university initiatives, including the Office of Admissions recruiting, Alumni Relations, Thomas Metcalf School, and the College of Applied Science and Technology, among others.

“Once again we are very pleased to see that Illinois State’s communications work is taking its rightful place among that of the Midwest’s top universities,” said Brian Beam, executive director of UMC. “In addition to the multiple gold awards in design categories, we are very proud of our editorial and multimedia entries winning in the Excellence in Feature Writing and Online Innovation categories. Congratulations to our campus partners. Without the teamwork of communications professionals across campus many of these awards would not have been possible.”

Related Article: UMC's 2014 awards See Illinois State's previous Pride of CASE V winners.

Illinois State’s 2015 Pride of CASE V honorees include:

Best Illustration/Graphic, gold: Where are all the Redbirds? illustrated children’s book, designed by Mike Mahle and written by Susan Marquardt Blystone.

Best Graphic Identity/Logo, gold award: Thomas Metcalf School Identity, designed by Sean Thornton for Thomas Metcalf School in the College of Education.

Online Innovation: Communications/Marketing, silver: Video Stories project, produced by Bob Tomaski, Adam Rahn, R.C. McBride, Ryan Denham, Steven Barcus, Kevin Bersett, and Kate Arthur. Produced for the Office of Admissions and several other campus partners.

Excellence in Design, Posters, Individual Poster, silver: Team #ISUSciTech poster, designed by Sean Thornton for the College of Applied Science and Technology’s Science and Technology Week.

Excellence in Feature Writing, Individual, silver: “Beer Riot oral history,” written by Ryan Denham and designed by Sean Thornton for Illinois State alumni magazine.

Excellence in Design (miscellaneous), honorable mention: Where are all the Redbirds? illustrated children’s book, designed by Mike Mahle and written by Susan Marquardt Blystone.

Best Illustration/Graphic, honorable mention: “Extreme makeover” (Family and Consumer Sciences feature article), designed by Sean Thornton for Illinois State alumni magazine.

Illinois State University is part of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District V, along with institutions across Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The Pride of CASE V awards program honors institutions and individuals who demonstrate outstanding achievement in the concept and execution of advancement programs and communications. Award-winners are recognized at the CASE District V Conference in December in Chicago.

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

Ryan Denham can be reached at rmdenha@IllinoisState.edu.

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