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University communications programs recognized with professional awards


BLACKSBURG, Va., June 20, 2008 – Several Virginia Tech print, broadcast, and Web-based communications programs produced by the Office of University Relations were recently recognized with several national Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Circle of Excellence Awards.

CASE is the largest international association of educational institutions and is dedicated to helping member institutions build stronger relationships with alumni and donors, raise funds for campus projects, produce recruitment materials, market their member institutions to prospective students, diversify the profession, and foster public support of education.

Each year, CASE’s eight regional districts hold awards competitions in conjunction with their respective annual conferences to recognize high caliber work in the areas of communications, development, and alumni relations. Qualified professionals from education and the private sector judge the categories. In each category, judges have the option of awarding one Grand Award and up to four Awards of Excellence and five Special Merit Awards.

Among the awards received by Virginia Tech

  • Photography Manager Michael Kiernan won a Gold Medal in the Individual Photographs category for his photo "Virginia Tech Memorial.”
  • Photographer John McCormick won a Gold Medal in the Individual Photographs category for his photo "Hokie Prayer."
  • "April 16 Tragedy Multimedia,” a presentation produced by the Office of University Relations received a Silver Medal in the Creative Use of Technology and New Media category. Contributors on this entry included Paul Lancaster, broadcast media coordinator; Mike Dame, director of Web communications; Gabrielle Minnich, producer/director; Kimberly Haines, communications coordinator; Bruce Harper, Web communications; and Elaine Oliver, former Web developer.
  • The “We Remember” website won a Bronze Medal in the Individual Sub-Web Sites category. Contributors included Mike Dame, Kimberly Haines, Bruce Harper, and Elaine Oliver.


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