2018 Awards

Our 2018 Award season is underway with a big win at CASE Division VI! CCSU collected a total of nine CASE Division VI institutional awards in the organization’s annual contest, including Gold in two different special event categories for the Division of External Relations’ efforts to celebrate the stadium opening.

The winning entries captured the comprehensive efforts of the division around those events, including social media, videophotography, writing, web development, design, branding, signage, promotion and messaging for parking, alternative transportation, safety and accessibility.

RamWalk is painted on Meridian to enter the new Colorado State University on-campus stadium, August 24, 2107.
RamWalk is painted on Meridian to enter the new Colorado State University on-campus stadium, August 24, 2107.

Grand Gold and Gold CASE District Awards

In addition to the stadium honors in the multi-day and year-long event categories, the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering naming celebration took Grand Gold in CASE’s single-day event category. It was held April 19 to mark the largest gift in University history, $53.3 million from Walter Scott, Jr.

CSU also won Gold in that category for “Take Flight … Tonight,” a June 9 fundraising event for the Temple Grandin Equine Center held in Denver.  Those two entries were submitted by CSU Events in partnership with the engineering college and the College of Agricultural Sciences, respectively.

The Division of External Relations won a third Gold for “Forge the Path,” a fundraising video produced by CSU videographers Ron Bend and Brian Buss with University Advancement Communications and CSU Events. Also winning Gold was “No longer lost in translation,” a short video created by Anne Manning of the PR team and Jen Smith of Team Social.

Silver and Bronze CASE District Awards

An artist’s representation of bacteria (purple) being compromised by a chitosan-metal organic framework film.
An artist’s representation of bacteria (purple) being compromised by a chitosan-metal organic framework film. Credit: Colorado State University/Advanced Functional Materials

Manning and fellow science writer Mary Guiden won Silver in the category “Excellence in News Writing: Research, Medicine and Science.” The stories in the entry were:

A Silver for “Periodical Staff Writing” went to the authors from the PR team who penned stories for “Student Success: Reaching New Heights,” the spring 2017 issue of Colorado State: The Magazine for Alumni and Friends: Jeff Dodge, Kate Jeracki, Manning and Tony Phifer.

The Warner College of Natural Resources won a Bronze from CASE for its home page redesign, an overhaul that included a new content management system as well as new navigation and menu systems.

Great job team!

2017 Awards

CSU’s Division of External Relations collected more honors this spring from professional organizations in the industry, including six Telly Awards for the country’s best film and video as well as six awards from the Colorado chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

In addition, Director of Social and Digital Media Kimberly Stern was named “Mentor of the Year” by PRSA Colorado at its annual awards ceremony in Denver on May 4.

Kimberly Stern speaking at podium accepting her award
Stern accepts her award on May 4 in Denver

“She’s award-winning, she’s nationally recognized,” emcee and FOX 31 television host Kathie J said as she invited Stern to the podium for her acceptance speech. “In fact, CSU’s Instagram account was named the number one college Instagram account in the world. It’s so important that she spends her time as a mentor to help others as they begin their careers and learn the field.”

PRSA service

The co-host of Colorado’s Everyday Show added that Stern has served on the PRSA Colorado Student Outreach Committee and co-chairs the chapter’s annual shadow day, where college students are paired with PR professionals.

“Over the past 10 years, she’s paired hundreds of students with Colorado PR pros — some of them in this room tonight — in an event that she herself participated in as a student,” she said. “A mentor to many and an inspiration to all, Kimberly’s tireless work has helped many budding professionals in the industry advance and learn.”

Stern was nominated by CSU alumna Jane Dvorak, owner of Denver-based public relations firm JKD & Company and 2017 chair of the Public Relations Society of America’s national board of directors.

Other awardees

CSU videographer Jason Russell won a Silver Telly Award for his video on CSU veterinary student Bernard Dime, and Bronze Tellys were awarded to Brian Buss for “Community for Excellence: Ernan’s Story,” and Ron Bend for “Tyler Schott, CSU Mechanical Engineering Master’s Student.”

Group photo of DER PRSA award winners
Some of the PRSA award winners posed for a photo at the May 4 event in Denver.

The video team also took home bronze Tellys for its work on the National Park Service’s webisode series in honor of its centennial year, “Outside Science (inside parks).” The awards went to journalism master’s student Weston Dockter for “Ready Set Bloom: Cape Cod Algal Blooms” and to Bend for “Underwater Conservation With Whales: Glacier Bay National Park” and “Teens and Turtles: Gulf Islands National Seashore.”

In the Colorado PRSA competition, CSU won two Gold Pick Awards: Kris Browning-Blas won for “The Sky’s the Limit for CSU’s First Paraplegic Veterinary Student,” and Jennifer Dimas won for “Anticipatory Stress of After-Hours Email Exhausting Employees.”

Silver Pick Awards went to the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences communication team for “Astronaut Alumnus Kjell Lindgren Brings the Right Stuff to Campus,” Jeff Dodge for “Study Finds Troubling New Evidence of Teens’ Lack of Physical Activity,” Kate Jeracki for “The Conversation Charm Offensive” and Anne Manning and Jen Smith for “No Longer Lost in Translation.”

CSU’s social media team was also a finalist for a Shorty Award, which honors the best of social media, for its #RamGrad commencement campaign in 2016.

“These honors are a nice affirmation of all our hard work to build a strong, effective and compelling brand for CSU,” said Vice President for External Relations Tom Milligan. “It’s a testament to our team and all our communications partners across campus that we are continually recognized by our peers in the industry.”

Recent recognitions

Photo of Tiana NelsonIn addition, this spring Director of Denver Public Relations and Outreach Tiana Nelson was named one of the Denver Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 for 2017. And last fall, the Division of External Relations received six awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District VI for its communication and fundraising efforts, including Grand Gold for “State Your Purpose — The Campaign for Colorado State University.”

The division was named Colorado PR Team of the Year by PRSA Colorado last year. In addition, in September the division’s Creative Services team won the Judge’s Choice award at the 2016 University and College Designers Association Design Competition for best in-house design team.

Photo of Temple Grandin and CSU Social Media TeamWith a five-word speech in New York City this week, the Colorado State University’s Division of External Relations took home a prestigious Webby award – honoring the best in Internet content – that capped a strong run of awards that positioned the university’s communications unit as one of the top performers in the industry. In addition to the Webby, CSU recently won five Gold Picks and four Silver Picks from the Colorado chapter of the Public Relations Society of America in 2015. The division earned a Bronze Anvil award from the national PRSA, and two video stories were honored with Telly Awards, the premier award nationally and internationally for film and video production.

DER Awards Committee

If you are interested in learning more about our award submission process in DER, please contact one of the awards committee members: Connie, Ashley, Happy, Jeff, Bill, Brian, Darin, Lindsay, Laura, and Jennifer.  Our awards committee team members are asked to track award submissions and deadlines on the DER Awards Google Drive. Access is provided to the committee members and leadership team via their CSU gmail accounts.