Awards

MTSU's Marketing and Communication Team

2017

Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Awards

Gold Award

  • Promotional Publications

Tennessee College Public Relations Awards (TCPRA)

Gold Award (five awards)

  • Feature Writing - En Vogue for College of Behavioral and Health Sciences (Drew Ruble)
  • Media Relations Campaign - MTSU senior's cross-country flight of a lifetime retraces pioneeer's path (Randy Weiler)
  • Special Event (+7 days) - Enhances MTSU Campus Tour (Marketing & Communications, IT, Campus Planning, Admissions shared honor)
  • Sport Photography - Tiptoe into the End Zone (Andy Heidt)
  • Spot Photography - Beijing Opera (Eric Sutton)

Silver Award (six awards)

  • College Viewbook - MTSU Viewbook (Brian Evans)
  • Crisis Communication Campaign - Forrest Hall naming decision (Jimmy Hart)
  • Illustration - Homecoming 2016 Mark (Kara Hooper)
  • Special Publication - Take A Closer Diecut Table Tents (Brian Evans)
  • Speech Writing - The President's State of the University address
  • University Website, Overall - Adapting MTSU.edu with Responsive Website Template (IT and Marketing & Communications teams)

Bronze Award (eight awards)

  • Brochure/Flyer - Center for Chinese Music and Culture brochure (Karen Albright)
  • Media Relations Campaign - Proposed name change to MTSU's Forrest Hall (Jimmy Hart)
  • Newsletter, printed - President's Newsletter July 2016 and January 2017 (division-wide honor)
  • Poster - Nick Carr Poster (Brian Evans)
  • Radio Advertisement/PSA - "Middle in a Minute: School of Agribusiness and Agriscience" (Gina Logue)
  • Special Event (+7 days) - Charlie and Hazel Daniels naming ceremony (division-wide honor)
  • University-related Web Page or Site - Adult Degree Completion Program (IT and Marketing & Communications teams)
  • Video Advertisement/PSA - Middle Tennessee - Our Town. Our Team. (Rob Janson)

International Association for Business Communicators (IABC) Gold Pen Awards

  • Marketing, Advertising and Brand Recognition - #TRUEBLUE/Our Town. Our Team. Promotional Video (Rob Janson)
  • Excellence in Publications - MTSU's strategy of tiered premium printed content (Drew Ruble)

Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Parthenon Awards

Parthenons

  • School of Rock - cover story of MTSU Magazine (Drew Ruble)
  • MTSU President's Report (Marketing and Communications, coordinated by Drew Ruble)
  • Give to the College of Liberal Arts Poster (Kelsey Greer, Creative and Visual Services)

Awards of Merit

  • Digital Advertising Focus on Social and Measurable Results (John Goodwin)
  • MTSU's Media and Entertainment Magazine's digital app (Creative and Visual Services, Office of University Publications)

 

2016

Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Awards

Grand Award (two awards)

  • Best social media strategy and execution (John Goodwin)
  • Best unpublished work, vinyl billboard intended for the James E. Walker Library (Division)

Award of Excellence (six awards)

  • Media relations program for MTSU in China (Andrew Oppmann)
  • Media relations program for Professor Cliff Ricketts’ cross-country adventures (Randy Weiler)
  • Digital publication for College of Media and Entertainment (Kara Hooper)
  • Digital publication for MTSU Admissions Viewbook (Kara Hooper)
  • Book, Take a Closer Look campaign (Kara Hooper and Keith Dotson)
  • Recruitment video, MTSU Campus Tour (Rob Janson)

Special Merit Award (five awards)

  • Graphic design for MT Engage poster (Alexis Denton)
  • Graphic design for Freedom Sings poster (Brian Evans)
  • Digital advertising for MTSU Senior Day (Darrell Callis Burks)
  • Multipage publication for MTSU Scholarship Guide (Micah Loyed)
  • Book, Science Building donor project (Sherry Wiser George)

Tennessee College Public Relations Association

Gold (11 Awards)

  • Video Advertisement/PSA: Take a Closer Look TV commercial for Undergraduate Admissions (Rob Janson)
  • University-Related Webpage or Site: Take A Closer Look for Undergraduate Admissions (John Goodwin)
  • Low-Budget Publication: National Merit Scholar mailer for Undergraduate Admissions (Brian Evans)
  • Print Advertising Series: #TRUE marketing campaign for the Department of Athletics (Micah Loyed, Rob Janson)
  • Banners/Outdoor Media: #TRUE marketing campaign for the Department of Athletics (Micah Loyed, Rob Janson)
  • Special Event, Seven Days or Less: Centennial Capital Campaign invitation and other printed materials for the VP of University Advancement (Sherry Wiser George)
  • Radio Advertisement/PSA: Middle in a Minute segment on the Center for Chinese Music and Culture in the College of Liberal Arts (Gina Logue)
  • Feature Writing: “MTSU’s Whistle Blower,” a feature story on referee/alumnus Ben Taylor (MTSU Magazine)
  • Sports Photography: “Tiptoeing the Sidelines” coverage of MTSU Football (Andy Heidt)
  • Radio/TV Show or Newscast: “MTSU Out of the Blue” April 2015 television episode (Rob Janson, Jon Jackson)
  • Media Relations Campaign: MTSU at the Grammys for the College of Media and Entertainment (Andrew Oppmann)

Silver (four awards)

  • Silver, Special Event, More Than Seven Days: MT Engage (Lexy Denton, Dianna Rust, Kara Hooper)
  • Silver, Newsletter (Printed): The President’s Newsletter
  • Silver, Sports Photography: “Veterans Salute” coverage of MTSU Football (J Intintoli)
  • Silver, College/Alumni Magazine, Electronic: MTSU Magazine

Bronze (three awards)

  • Bronze, Brochure/Flier: MTSU Arts for the College of Liberal Arts (Brian Evans)
  • Bronze, Social Media: “Snow Day video” (Rob Janson)
  • Bronze, Media Relations Campaign: Promotion of Constitution Day for the College of Liberal Arts (Jimmy Hart)

Nashville-Middle Tennessee chapter, Public Relations Society of America

Parthenon Award (three awards)

  • The “Take a Closer Look” book produced for Admissions by Kara Hooper, Keith Dotson and David Foster
  • The MTSU Fall 2015 Fundraising Appeal produced for University Advancement by Kara Hooper
  • The College of Business Tradeshow Display produced for Dean David Urban by Kara Hooper

Awards of Merit (13 awards):

  • Andy Heidt for his magazine photography for the article “Solid Leadership” on Concrete Industry Management Chair Heather Brown.
  • Brian Evans for his design concepts for the customized booklet prepared for Admissions to present to National Merit finalists and semi-finalists.
  • Drew Ruble for his magazine article, “Campus Icon,” that profiled Dean Terry Whiteside of the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences.
  • Gina Logue for her “On the Record” radio program, “Dispatches from the DMZ,” a creative-writing magazine launched for MTSU student veterans (best audio program) and “Middle in a Minute: The Writer’s Loft (best public service announcement).
  • Jimmy Hart on behalf and in support of Professor Mary Evins’ public service work for Constitution Day on the MTSU campus.
  • Nathan Haynes, assistant director for admissions marketing, and CVS designer Brian Evans for the annual button campaign (best project)
  • Randy Weiler for his media relations work in support of the opening of the Veterans and Military Family Center.
  • Rob Janson and Nathan Wallach for the #TRUE-themed homecoming promotional video.
  • Sherry M. Wiser George for her design of a Science Building donors book
  • Two awards for President Sidney A. McPhee’s Fall 2015 Newsletter (best printed newsletter and best electronic newsletter).

 

2015

Council for the Advancement and Support of Education

Platinum Award

  • Award of Excellence, Best Articles of the Year, "The Pop Candy Pioneer,” MTSU Magazine’s profile of Whitney Matheson in the College of Media and Entertainment (Allison Gorman)

Award of Excellence (two awards)

  • Best Low Budget Publication, National Merit Students Recruitment Piece, on behalf of the Honors College and Admissions (Brian Evans)
  • Best Illustration-Interior Spread, “The Difference Makers,” in Aspire Magazine for the College of Education (Micah Loyed)

Special Merit Awards (eight awards)

  • Best External Relations Engagement Program, MTSU at the GRAMMYs, on behalf of the College of Media and Entertainment and MTSU Alumni Association (Andrew Oppmann)
  • Best Sub Unit Campaign, Adult Degree Completion Program Campaign, on behalf of University College (David Foster and Keith Dotson)
  • Best Multipage Publication or Folder, Jennings A. Jones College of Business Annual Report 2013–2014 (Sally Govan)
  • Best Periodical, Honors Magazine, Spring 2015 edition (Sherry Wiser and Drew Ruble)
  • Book, Science Building opening (Sherry Wiser)
  • Best Unpublished Works, Dance at MTSU (Brian Evans)
  • Best Magazine or Publication Rendering for Tablet or Mobile Technology, MTSU iMagazine (Drew Ruble)
  • Best Periodical Cover, Innovations Magazine for the College of Basic and Applied Sciences (Brian Evans)

Tennessee College Public Relations Association:

Gold (eight awards)

  • Print Advertising (series), #TRUE campaign for MTSU Athletics
  • Radio Advertising/PSA, “Middle in a Minute: The Writer’s Loft”
  • News Writing, MTSU’s obituary on John Seigenthaler
  • Special Publication, “Science Building Opening Magazine”
  • Feature Photography, “MTSU’s Spiderman”
  • Low-Budget Publication, “Graduate MT Direct Mail”
  • College/Alumni Magazine, Electronic, “MTSU Magazine”
  • Media Relations Campaign: “Key West to Seattle on ‘Southern Fried Fuel’”

Silver (11 awards)

  • Video Advertisement/PSA, #TRUE campaign for MTSU Athletics
  • Special Event (seven days or less), “MTSU Science Building Grand Opening”
  • Feature Writing, “Beyond Critical Mass”
  • Newsletter, Printed: “MTSU President’s Newsletter”
  • Reports, “Tennessee Small Business Development Centers Annual Summary”
  • Spot News Photography, “Ice Bucket Challenge”
  • Feature Photography, “True Blue Family Duo”
  • Sports Photography, “Contested Shot”
  • University Website, Overall: MTSU.edu
  • Media Relations Campaign: “MTSU launches unmanned aerial systems concentration”
  • Overall Promotional Campaign: True Blue Preview videos 

Bronze (nine awards)

  • Banners/Outdoor Media, #TRUE billboards for MTSU Athletics
  • Feature Writing, “The ABCs of MTSU’s Quest for Student Success”
  • Poster,  #TRUE campaign for MTSU Athletics
  • Postcard/Invitation, “MTSU Arts Patron Society Invitation”
  • Feature Photography, “Tapping Into the Arms”
  • University-related Webpage or Site: MTSUNews.com
  • Radio/TV Show or Newscast: “MTSU Out of the Blue: April 2015”
  • College Promotional Video, “MTSU True Blue Preview: Aerospace”
  • Overall Promotional Campaign, “Graduate in Four and Get More”

 

2014

Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)

  • Best Articles of the Year - Ahead of the Game
  • Media Relations Program - MTSU at the Grammys (Special Merit Award)
  • Writing for the Media - MTSU at the Grammys (Special Merit Award)
  • Recruitment Video - MTSU True Blue Preview Webisodes (Special Merit Award)
  • Total Advertising Campaign - True Blue Tour (Special Merit Award)
  • Individual Print Advertisement - #TRUE Billboard (Special Merit Award)

Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)

  • True Blue Preview Webisodes - Parthenon Award
  • From Combat to Campus - Award of Merit
  • MTSU in China - Award of Merit
  • Innovations Magazine - Award of Merit
  • MTSU Magazine - Award of Merit
  • Driving on Empty - Award of Merit
  • The Science of Sport - Award of Merit
  • The Buchanan Fellowship - Award of Merit
  • Freedom Sings Poster - Award of Merit
  • The Science of Sport - Award of Merit

Tennessee College Public Relations Association (TCPRA)

  • Gold Award - Radio Advertisement/PSA: “Middle in a Minute: Holocaust Studies Conference”
  • Gold Award - Special Event-More than Seven Days: “The Nashville Initiative” 
  • Silver Award - Print Advertisement, Series: “Hangzhou”
  • Silver Award - Radio Advertisement/PSA: “Mineral Gem and Fossil Museum”
  • Silver Award - Banners/Outdoor Media: “Buchanan Billboards”
  • Silver Award - Special Event-Seven Days or Less: “Freedom Sings”
  • Silver Award - News Writing: “McPhee — Person of the Year”
  • Silver Award - Feature Writing: “The Science of Sport”
  • Silver Award - College/Alumni Magazine, Electronic: “MTSU iMagazine”
  • Silver Award - Radio/TV Show or Newscast: “MTSU on the Record: Consoling the Campus Community”
  • Silver Award - Overall Promotional Campaign: “True Blue — Second Year Roll-Out”
  • Bronze Award - Print Advertisement, Single: “Spring Spadea Ad”
  • Bronze Award - Video Advertisement/PSA: “MTSU Recording Industry Promo”
  • Bronze Award - Poster: “Freedom Sings”
  • Bronze Award - Postcard/Invitation: “True Blue Tour Student Invitation”
  • Bronze Award - University Website, Overall: MTSU.edu
  • Bronze Award - University-Related Web Page or Site: MTSUNews.com
  • Bronze Award - Radio/TV Show or Newscast: “Who’s Really the Disabled One?”

International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)

  • Award of Merit - MTSU Publications

2013

Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)

  • Grand Award - The President’s Biennial Report, 2013
  • Awards of Excellence - President's Biennial Report
  • Awards of Excellence - MTSU iMagazine
  • Awards of Excellence - "Running on empty: MTSU researcher drives coast-to-coast using no gas"
  • Awards of Excellence - True Blue Respect Poster: Pick Up After Yourself
  • Special Merit Award - Physics Brochure
  • Special Merit Award - Button Campaign Pin-Back Buttons
  • Special Merit Award - MTSU CLA Magazine

Tennessee College Public Relations Association (TCPRA)

  • Gold Award Communications and Marketing-Poster
  • Silver Award Marketing and Communications-Newsletter, Printed
  • Gold Award Marketing and Communications-Photography
  • Silver Award Communications and Marketing-Photography
  • Gold Award Communications and Marketing-Special Publications
  • Silver Award Communications Award-Reports
  • Bronze Award Communications and Marketing-College Viewbook
  • Silver Award Communications Award-Print Advertising
  • Gold Award Communication and Marketing-College Viewbook
  • Gold Award Reports-The President's Biennial Report
  • Gold Award Special Event More than Seven Days-The Nashville Initiative
  • Gold Award Special Event Seven Days or Less -Capitol Street Party
  • Gold Award Radio Advertisement/PSA-MTSU-Middle in a Minute/Political Jingles
  • Gold Award Print Advertisement-MTSU Spring into Middle Spadea Ad
  • Silver Award Special Event More than Seven Days-MTSU True Blue Respect
  • Silver Award Banners/Outdoor Media-MTSU Promotional Banner
  • Silver Award Photography-Horse Sense (MTSU Magazine)
  • Silver Award Media Success Story-Running on Empty/Cliff Ricketts coverage
  • Silver Award Special Publication-MTSU National Women's History Month 2013 Calendar
  • Silver Award Radio Advertisement/PSA-MTSU-Middle in a Minute-Nobel Laureate
  • Silver Award Overall Promotion Campaign-I am True Blue
  • Bronze Award Feature Story-Horse Sense (MTSU Magazine)
  • Bronze Award Social Media Success Story-Santa Goes to College
  • Bronze Award Radio/TV Show or Newscast-"On The Record," Rock, Race, and Rehabilitation
  • Bronze Award Video Ad/PSA-Devoted to Student Success
  • Bronze Award Print Ad-MTSU Newspaper-Style Ad
  • Bronze Award Media Success Story-Science Building groundbreaking
  • Bronze Award Radio/TV Show or Newscast-MTSU On the Record: Rock, Race and Rehabilitation
  • Silver Award Radio Advertisement/PSA Series-Middle in a Minute: Nobel Laureates
  • Gold Award Radio Advertisement/PSA Series-Middle in a Minute: Political Jingles

2012

Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)

  • Special Event Parthenon Award Centennial Celebration
  • Award of Merit Audiovisual TV/PSA-In the Middle
  • Award of Merit Writing/Feature Writing

Tennessee College Public Relations Association (TCPRA)

  • Silver Award Communications and Marketing-Poster
  • Bronze Award Communications and Marketing-Newsletter, Printed
  • Bronze Award Communications and Marketing-Newsletter, Printed
  • Gold Award Communications and Marketing-Sports Publication
  • Bronze Award Communications and Marketing-Photography
  • Bronze Award Communications and Marketing-Newsletter, Printed
  • Bronze Award Communications and Marketing-Specialty Item
  • Silver Award Communications and Marketing Award-Post card / Invitation
  • Bronze Award Communications Award-Brochure, flyer
  • Gold Award Video Advertisement/PSA-In The Middle
  • Gold Award Special Publication
  • Silver Award Social Media Success Story-MT Tobacco Free
  • Silver Award Special Event-More than 7 days-Centennial Celebration
  • Silver Award News Release
  • Bronze Award Overall Promotional Campaign-Centennial Celebration
  • Bronze Award Video Advertisement/PSA-I Am True Blue
  • Gold Award Radio/TV Show or Newscast-Middle in a Minute: MTSU School of Music
  • Silver Award Radio/TV Show or Newscast-MTSU On the Record
  • Grand Award I Am True Blue
  • Grand Award True Blue Respect

2011

Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III

  • Special Merit Award Radio Programs, Podcasts and Announcements-MTSU On the Record
  • Special Merit Award CASE III-Radio Programs, Podcasts and Announcements-Middle in a Minute

Tennessee College Public Relations Association (TCPRA)

  • Gold Award Video Advertisement/PSA-Centennial Celebration Countdown
  • Silver Award Print Advertisement-WMOT
  • Silver Award Poster Bronze Award Brochure/Flyer
  • Silver Award Video Advertisement-Centennial Video
  • Bronze Award Video Advertisement-MTSU Holiday Video
  • Special Merit Award Audiovisual Communications-I Am True Blue
  • Bronze Award Communication and Marketing Award-Special Publication

TARC

  • Gold Award Alumni Publications
  • Gold Award General Promotional Material-Poster

2010

Tennessee College Public Relations Association (TCPRA)

  • Gold Web Page/Site-MTSU website
  • Silver Video Advertisement-Be One of Tennessee's Best
  • Silver Radio Advertisement-The Sock Family

2009

Tennessee College Public Relations Association (TCPRA)

  • Silver Award Radio Advertisement-I'M One
  • Silver Award Video Advertisement-The Dream
  • Bronze Award Specialty Item-There is Just One MTSU
  • Bronze Award Communications Award-Newsletter, Electronic

2008

Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III

  • Special Merit Internal Tabloids & Newsletters-The Record
  • Special Merit Advancement Awards-External Tabloids & Newsletters-The Alumni Record

Tennessee College Public Relations Association (TCPRA)

  • Silver Award Radio Advertisement-I'M One (Larry Wilson)
  • Bronze Award Radio/TV Show or Newscast-MTSU On the Record: Safety and Sanity
  • Silver Award Communications and Marketing-Print Advertising

2007

Tennessee College Public Relations Association (TCPRA)

  • Bronze Award Communication Award-College Viewbook

2006


Tennessee College Public Relations Association (TCPRA)

  • Bronze Award Communication and Marketing Award Print Advertisement
  • Bronze Award Communication and Marketing Award- Feature/news story in College/Alumni Magazine
  • Silver Award Communication Award-Brochure/Flyer

2005

Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III 

  • Special Merit Award Feature Story or Series-Valentine's Day Has Extra Meaning for Kidney Donor
  • Special Merit Award Radio Programs and Announcements MTSU On the Record: Campus Copycats

TARC

  • Gold Award General Promotional Material-Brochure/Packet

Tennessee College Public Relations Association (TCPRA)

  • Gold Award Communication Award-Brochure/Flyer

2004

Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III 

  • Special Merit Award-Radio Programs and Announcements-MTSU On the Record: Nishtiman Tayip
  • Special Merit Award-Radio Programs and Announcements-MTSU On the Record: Anne Garrels

TARC

  • Gold Award General Promotional Material-Newsletter

2003

Tennessee College Public Relations Association (TCPRA) 

  • Gold Award Radio Series-MTSU On-Hold
  • Gold Award Print Advertising Series-I'M One
  • Bronze Award Specialty Item-Legislative Packet
  • Silver Award Specialty Item-MTSU Audio Clips Web Page
  • Bronze Award Communication-Alumni Magazine
  • Best of Show Award Communication Award- Visions of Cuba Poster

TARC

  • Silver Award Award-Specific Media Relations Program, Division C
  • Bronze Award General Promotional Material- brochure/Info packet
  • Silver Award General Promotional Material-Brochure/Information packet
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