Awards of Excellence

The CASE VII annual awards program showcases best practices in alumni relations, fundraising, public relations, advancement services, special events, communications, and more. Experts from throughout the district judge the entries and select gold, silver and bronze winners for each category.

Winners will be celebrated at the 2019 Connect West conference during the Awards of Excellence Dessert Reception, in Anaheim on February 21, 2019. 

Please note: Grand Gold Award winners have been notified. The official announcement will occur at the 2019 District VII Connect West Conference. 

ADVANCEMENT SERVICES

Stewardship/Donor Relations

GOLD

California Institute of Technology

Gift Agreement Workflow

SILVER

The Webb Schools

Make It Personal - Stewarding Endowment Donors

BRONZE

California Institute of Technology

Modernizing Mailing Names and Addresses

BRONZE

University of Southern California

Trojan Athletic Fund, Impact Stories: “It Takes a Team”

Advancement Services (PLATINUM)

BRONZE

University of California, Davis

Charting Our Future by Tracking the Past: Change Data Capture and Reporting on the “Big Ideas” Campaign

ALUMNI RELATIONS

Annual Alumni Programs

GOLD

University of California, San Diego

 

40th Anniversary Alumni Awards: Celebrating 40 Alumni Under 40

SILVER

University of San Diego

Torero Takeover 2018

BRONZE

University of San Diego

10th Anniversary Wine Classic

Volunteer Engagement and Leadership

GOLD

University of California, San Diego

Alumni Club Engagement Dashboard

SILVER

University of California, Davis

Volunteer Appreciation Day

BRONZE

Pepperdine University

Our Alumni Making Their Mark on the World Brochure

Programming for Special Constituencies

GOLD

California State University, Fullerton

Inaugural Founding Titans Reception & Convocation

SILVER

Arizona State University

ASU Sun Devil 100 Partnership with the Phoenix Business Journal

SILVER

California State University, Fullerton

Inside Look

BRONZE

University of California, Davis

Parent and Family Student Send-Offs

BRONZE

University of Nevada, Reno

Women of Silver & Blue

New Program Initiatives

GOLD

San Diego State University

The Wallace, Shatsky, Blackburn, Courage Through Cancer Student Success Fund

SILVER

Pepperdine University

Pepperdine Graziadio Alumni Town Halls

SILVER

University of California, San Francisco

The UCSF Campaign Alumni Awards

BRONZE

University of San Diego

Torero Takeover 2018

BRONZE

Weber State University

WSU Traditions Keeper Program (Est. 2018)

Student Alumni Initiatives

GOLD

University of California, Los Angeles

Dinners for 12 Strangers

SILVER

University of California, Santa Cruz

Gratitude on the Go: Personalized Thank You Videos for Giving Day Donors

BRONZE

Brigham Young University

The Summit Student Leadership Conference

Marketing and Branding

GOLD

University of Southern California

“Do More with USc” 

SILVER

University of California, Davis

Blue and Gold Parent Membership Campaign

BRONZE

Pepperdine University

ASPIRE 2025 Series: Waves of Disruptive Innovation Program Brochure

Best Use of Social Media/Technology

GOLD

California State University San Marcos

CSUSM Alumni Feature Friday

SILVER

University of California, Los Angeles

2018 Winter Olympics Exclusive

BRONZE

University of California, Davis

Picnic Day and Give Day – A Balancing Act

 Alumni Relations (PLATINUM)

SILVER

University of the Pacific

Homecoming with Purpose

BRONZE

University of San Diego

Torero Takeover 2018

DESIGN AND PHOTOGRAPHY

Design: Multi-Page Publications/Folders

GOLD

University of La Verne

Imagine Something Different Viewbook

SILVER

California State University, Northridge

The New 88.5 Brochure

SILVER

University of California, San Diego

21st Century China Center at UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy Impact Report

BRONZE

California State University Office of the Chancellor

International Programs Brochure

Design: Periodicals

GOLD

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara Magazine, Spring 2018

SILVER

University of Southern California

USC Annenberg Magazine, Fall 2018

BRONZE

Westminster College of Salt Lake City

Westminster Review Magazine, Spring 2018

Design: Covers

SILVER

Brigham Young University

BYU Magazine, “Go Forth”

SILVER

California Polytechnic State University, Ponoma

Cal Poly Magazine, Polywood Cover

BRONZE

University of Southern California

USC Annenberg Magazine, Fall 2018

Design: Posters

BRONZE

University of California, Berkeley

The Berkeleyan (mushrooms)

Design: Editorial Design

GOLD

Brigham Young University

It's Still Dynamite

SILVER

Brigham Young University

Rising Stars Falling Stars

SILVER

California State University San Marcos

Life with No Destinations

BRONZE

University of La Verne

Voice Magazine, Spring 2018 — Practice Makes Profit

Design: Illustrations

GOLD

University of La Verne

Voice Magazine, Spring 2018— Strength in Community

SILVER

Santa Clara University

Nobel Beginnings - Illustrations

BRONZE

California Polytechnic State University

Polywood

Design: Invitations

GOLD

California State University San Marcos

We Go Together

SILVER

California State University, Los Angeles

2018 Alumni Awards Gala Invitation

Design: Specialty Pieces

GOLD

University of California, Irvine Applied Innovation

UCI Innovator Awards Trophy

SILVER

California State University San Marcos

The (Origami) Heart of a Cougar

SILVER

University of California, Office of the President

University of California 150th Anniversary Postcard Pack

BRONZE

California State University, Channel Islands

Surfboard Lapel Pin

Individual Photography

GOLD

Brigham Young University

Hope and Fear

SILVER

Brigham Young University

Falling

SILVER

Brigham Young University

Stretch

BRONZE

Brigham Young University

Village Drill

BRONZE

California State University, Fresno

Back into the Spotlight: Fresno State Wrestling

Excellence in Photography (PLATINUM)

GOLD

Brigham Young University

BYU Photo by Nate Edwards

SILVER

Brigham Young University

BYU Photos by Jaren Wilkey

BRONZE

Brigham Young University

Bradley Slade’s Photography

DIGITAL COMMUNICATION

Social Media

GOLD

California State University Office of the Chancellor

#ChooseCSU - Social Media Budget Advocacy

SILVER

California State University, Los Angeles

I Serve LA Social Media Campaign

SILVER

California State University, Los Angeles

Mind Matters Campaign

BRONZE

University of Nevada, Reno

Mineral Monday with Garrett Barmore, a weekly video series

Websites: Institutional Websites

GOLD

University of California, Riverside

Website Redesign - ucr.edu

SILVER

San Joaquin Delta College

Website Redesign - www.DeltaCollege.edu

BRONZE

Stanford University

Stanford EARTH - School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences' website

Websites: Individual Sub-Websites

GOLD

The Harker School

Harker’s 125th Anniversary History Microsite - harker.org/about/history

SILVER

Fuller Theological Seminary

FULLER studio

SILVER

University of California, Davis

Feeding a Growing Population

BRONZE

California State University, Fresno

Fresno State Brand Style Guide Website

Innovative Use of Technology

GOLD

University of the Pacific

Tiger Day Instagram Page

SILVER

University of California, Berkeley

Dexter: A custom data upload tool for Salesforce Marketing Cloud

SILVER

University of California, Irvine

Giving Day Videos

BRONZE

University of California, Davis

NOW App

BRONZE

University of California, Merced

Instant Magazine: One Platform for All Audiences

Digital Communications (PLATINUM)

GOLD

University of Utah

Secrets of Campus Cadavers Podcast

SILVER

California State University San Marcos

Marketing the Mascot Makeover

BRONZE

California State University San Marcos

Whatever it Takes

DIVERSITY

Diversity (PLATINUM)

GOLD

University of California, Irvine

First Gen Faculty Initiative

SILVER

University of California, Davis

Honoring Difference by Stewarding Data: Achieving Identity Alignment in the Management of Culturally-Sensitive Biographical Data

BRONZE

University of California, San Francisco

Faces of Ability: In Their Own Words -- UCSF Faculty, Staff and Students Reflect on Living and Working with a Disability

FUNDRAISING

Fundraising Campaigns

GOLD

San Diego State University

The Wallace, Shatsky, Blackburn, Courage Through Cancer Student Success Fund

SILVER

California Institute of Technology

Contribute to Count

SILVER

University of California, Davis

Fall Direct Mail Series FY17

BRONZE

California State University San Marcos

CSUSM Giving Day, “Show Us Your Heart”

Targeted Campaigns

GOLD

California State University San Marcos

How Calling "Dibs" Ended a Funding Gap

SILVER

San Diego State University

The Wallace, Shatsky, Blackburn, Courage Through Cancer Student Success Fund

SILVER

University of La Verne

Greek Challenge

BRONZE

California State University, Chico

Chico State Giving Day

BRONZE

California State University, Fresno

March Match-Up

Fundraising (PLATINUM)

SILVER

California State University, Fresno

Re-Imagined Planned Giving Program

BRONZE

California State University, Fullerton

Giving Tuesday Campaign 2017

MAGAZINES

General Interest Magazines: <30k Circulation

GOLD

California State University San Marcos

Steps magazine: Diversity and Craft Beer

SILVER

Western University of Health Sciences

WesternU View, Spring 2018

BRONZE

La Sierra University

La Sierra University Magazine

BRONZE

University of Southern California

USC Annenberg Magazine Fall 2018

General Interest Magazines: 30k-75k Circulation

GOLD

University of Southern California

USC Viterbi Alumni Magazine

SILVER

California Polytechnic State University, Ponoma

Cal Poly Magazine

BRONZE

Point Loma Nazarene University

Viewpoint Magazine

General Interest Magazines: >75k Circulation

GOLD

Pepperdine University

Pepperdine Magazine

SILVER

Arizona State University

ASU Thrive magazine

BRONZE

University of Utah

Continuum — Magazine of the University of Utah

Special Constituency Magazines

GOLD

University of California, San Francisco

UCSF Magazine

SILVER

Arizona State University

IMPACT Magazine: Stories of Generosity and Opportunity at ASU

BRONZE

Arizona State University

Turning Points Magazine

Independent School Magazines

SILVER

La Jolla Country Day School

1926 Magazine

BRONZE

Marlborough School

Momentum

Annual Magazines

GOLD

University of Utah

College of Fine Arts' Annual Magazine: Studio '18

SILVER

University of Nevada, Reno

Discover, College of Science alumni magazine, 2018

BRONZE

University of California, Irvine

Samueli School of Engineering's 2017-18 Dean's Report: IMPACT

BRONZE

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Premier Magazine - Harrah College of Hospitality

Digital Magazines

GOLD

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Cal Poly Magazine Online

SILVER

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Bronco Digital Magazine

BRONZE

Point Loma Nazarene University

Viewpoint Online

Community College Magazines

GOLD

Salt Lake Community College

SLCC Magazine

MARKETING

Branding Programs

GOLD

Keck Graduate Institute 

"Innovators Start Here"

SILVER

Norco College

READY Campaign - Inland Empire Desert Regional Consortium

BRONZE

San Jose State University

 2017-2018 Off-Campus Marketing/Branding Campaign

Visual Identity Systems

GOLD

University of California, Santa Barbara 

Communicating the Story of UC Santa Barbara’s Dynamic Environment

SILVER

California State University, Fresno

Fresno State Brand Style Guide

BRONZE

Keck Graduate Institute

New Visual Identity System

Advertising Campaigns

GOLD

University of California, Berkeley

The Berkeleyan

GOLD

University of California, Davis

National Awareness Campaign: Engaging Influencers

SILVER

Norco College

READY Campaign - Inland Empire Desert Regional Consortium

BRONZE

California State University, Sacramento

Experience Sacramento State

Individual Ads Advertising

GOLD

University of California, Berkeley

The Berkeleyan (mushrooms)

SILVER

University of California, Davis

You discover, we defend

BRONZE

University of San Francisco

Annual Giving Ads in USF Magazine

Student Recruitment Publications: Viewbooks and Prospectuses

SILVER

`Iolani School

Residential Admission Brochure

SILVER

`Iolani School

Admission Recruitment Package

BRONZE

University of the Pacific

Undergraduate Admission Viewbook

Student Recruitment Publications: Publications

SILVER

Santa Clara University

Unity Night

SILVER

University of Southern California

USC Annenberg Recruitment Publications

Communications and Marketing (PLATINUM)

GOLD

Pepperdine University

Seaver Stories

SILVER

University of California, Davis

Feeding a Growing Population

BRONZE

University of California, Irvine

A System for Creation and Syndication of Social Media Quote Cards

PUBLICATIONS

Institutional Relations Publications: President's Reports and Annual Reports

GOLD

Pepperdine University

President’s Report 2017

SILVER

Loyola Marymount University

Imagine It, Believe it, Be it: Today’s Dreams, Tomorrow’s Reality

SILVER

University of California, Davis

Campus Recreation, Memorial Union and Stores 2017-2018 Annual Report

BRONZE

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Slevin/Panetta Report: An Endowment and Program in Action

BRONZE

Santa Ana College

Santa Ana College Foundation 2018 Annual Report

Institutional Relations Publications: General Publications

BRONZE

Brigham Young University

Sacred Sounds: Can Music Heal the Religious Divide?

BRONZE

Point Loma Nazarene University

PLNU Brand Book

BRONZE

University of Arizona

Wildcat Country

BRONZE

University of California, Santa Cruz

 Inquiry Magazine

Fundraising Publications: Case Statements/General Cultivation Publications (Print)

GOLD

University of California, Davis

World Water Initiative: A UC Davis Big Idea Case Statement

SILVER

University of California, San Diego

North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood Case Statement

BRONZE

University of California, Davis

"Big Ideas" one-pager suite

Fundraising Publications: Annual Reports and Fund Reports (Print)

GOLD

California State University, Chico

2016-2017 Annual Report: On the Road

SILVER

University of California, Davis

UC Davis Foundation 2018 Endowment Report

BRONZE

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Slevin/Panetta Report: An Endowment and Program in Action

BRONZE

University of California, San Diego

The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination Impact Report 2016-17

Fundraising Publications: Publications

SILVER

University of California, Davis

“Driving the Arts Renaissance at UC Davis" Proposal

SILVER

University of California, San Diego

Named Giving Opportunities Overview

External Audience Newsletters (Print)

BRONZE

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Giving Matters: UNLV Donor Relations Newsletter

External Audience Newsletters (Digital)

SILVER

University of California, Davis

Graduate School of Management Prospect Students Enewsletter Series - "What's Trending"

BRONZE

California State University, Fresno

Fresno State Community Newsletter

Internal Audience Publications (Digital)

SILVER

Brigham Young University

75 Percent Open Rates: Empowering Students Through an Email Newsletter

BRONZE

California State University, Northridge

CSUN Weekly

SPECIAL EVENTS

Individual/Single Day Special Events

GOLD

University of San Diego

2017 Founders Gala

GOLD

University of San Francisco

USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy Spring Symposium

SILVER

University of California, San Diego

40th Anniversary Alumni Awards: Celebrating 40 Alumni Under 40

BRONZE

University of San Diego

10th Anniversary Wine Classic

BRONZE

University of San Diego

Torero Takeover 2018

Multi-day/Series Special Events

GOLD

Sonoma State University

Thicker Than Smoke: Fire Recovery and Healing Through the Power of the Arts at the Green Music Center

SILVER

California State University, Sacramento

Sacramento Mural

BRONZE

San Jose State University

Legacy Week: October 15 - 18, 2018

BRONZE

University of Southern California

USC Annenberg-HBO Diverse Voices Forum

STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS

Advocacy Campaigns

GOLD

California State University Office of the Chancellor

Invest in the Future CSU Advocacy Campaign

BRONZE

University of California, Merced

UC Merced Day in Sacramento

Issues and Crisis Management

GOLD

California State University, Chico

Response to On-Campus Student Suicide

SILVER

Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles

Skirball Fire: Crisis Management

Public Relations, Media Relations, and Community Relations Projects

GOLD

Biola University

Renewed Focus on the Sciences

SILVER

University of Arizona

GMT High Fire

BRONZE

University of California, Santa Cruz

The Line-Up, a weekly events promotion

VIDEO

Fundraising Videos

GOLD

Saint Mary's College of California

"Finding Your Voice" Video for Defining the Future: The Campaign for Saint Mary's

SILVER

California Institute of Technology

Full Charge Ahead

BRONZE

Loma Linda University Health

LLUCH Gala 2018: Matthew Castleberry's Story

General Information Videos

GOLD

California State University, Fullerton

CSUF Presidential Rap - - Titans Reach higher

SILVER

`Iolani School

Arts at 'Iolani

BRONZE

California Institute of Technology, San Luis Obispo

So, What Do You Do?

BRONZE

California Polytechnic State University

Jake Javier

BRONZE

University of California, Office of the President

University of California 150th Anniversary Video

News and Research Videos

GOLD

University of California, Santa Barbara 

Research in 60 | Protecting Reef Sharks

SILVER

University of California, Davis

Is the Desert the Best Place for Solar?

BRONZE

Brigham Young University

Rheumatic Relief

PSAs and Commercial Spots

SILVER

University of California, Berkeley

Make Your Voice Count - Take the Survey

BRONZE

California State University San Marcos

Stepping Forward

Recruitment Videos

GOLD

USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

“Reporting Abroad: Neha Wadekar”

SILVER

University of California, Merced

Explore UC Merced

BRONZE

Pepperdine University

WaveMakers: SPP Alumni Troy Senik & Hattie Mitchell

BRONZE

Westminster College of Salt Lake City

Brand Anthem: "Make Your Way"

BRONZE

Whittier College

Unleash Your Superpowers

WRITING

News Writing

GOLD

California State University Office of the Chancellor

Spotlight on the Leadership and Impact of the California State University System

SILVER

Stanford University

Graduate School of Education News Writing

BRONZE

California State University San Marcos

The Stories of CSUSM

Periodical Staff Writing

GOLD

Brigham Young University

“It’s Still Dynamite,” “Inside Micropolis,” “A Heart of Flesh,” “BYU Pro(fessor) Tips,” “Unicorns, Gazelles, and Cougars on Silicon Slopes”

SILVER

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

UNLV Magazine - 2018 Staff Writing

SILVER

University of Southern California

Periodical Staff Writing

BRONZE

Point Loma Nazarene University

Viewpoint Magazine Articles

BRONZE

University of California, Davis

“Aggies Making a Difference” AggieXtra – Spring 2018

Best Articles of the Year (PLATINUM)

GOLD

Stanford University

Hide and Seek

SILVER

California State University, Chico

Chico Statements article: One in Four University Tackles Students’ Most Basic Needs: Housing and Hunger

BRONZE

University of Southern California

“Breaking the Cycle of Victimization: USC Engineers are Developing Cutting-Edge Software to Help Law Enforcement Capture Sex Traffickers and Save Victims”