Penn Arts & Sciences Office of Advancement Communications Team Receives Four CASE Awards


The Penn Arts & Sciences Office of Advancement Communications team has been recognized with four Circle of Excellence Awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The team received:
•    A Gold for cover design for the Spring/Summer 2020 issue of OMNIA: The judges commented on the wonderful illustration as well as the designer’s “deft touch” in handling a lot of type and creative use of metallic ink, which they said “adds a luminosity that comes through even in the pdf.”

•    A Silver for feature writing for “Between Critique and Action," the story that was featured in the Spring/Summer cover illustration. The feature describes how student researchers with the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities partnered with community leaders to imagine a “future beyond refining" after the explosion of the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining Complex. The judges called it “an excellent piece of journalism,” and “a model for others.”

•    A Bronze for feature writing for “The New Cartographers” also from the Spring/Summer 2020 OMNIA.  This feature shows the ways our faculty are using maps to understand and communicate information, and evaluate it across space and time. The judges loved the creative approach to big data and said, “If there was an award for pure surprise this would win it, simply for presenting a subject that took us by surprise and delight.”

•    And a Bronze in the podcast category for the first season of In These Times, which used COVID-19 as a platform to explore the science, social science, and history that shaped events in 2020. Drawing on the talents of everyone in the editorial, digital media, and design teams, In These Times was commended for helping “listeners understand complicated information that might otherwise be over their heads.”
CASE is a global non-profit association dedicated to educational advancement: alumni relations, communications, development, marketing, and advancement services who share the goal of championing education to transform lives and society. The Circle of Excellence awards “acknowledge superior accomplishments that have lasting impact, demonstrate the highest level of professionalism, and deliver exceptional results.” This year, there were 2,900 entries from 27 countries in 100 categories.


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