Legacies Project wins two CASE awards

The Legacies Project: Honoring History, Celebrating People picked up two top awards for Colorado State at the CASE District VI conference in Denver on Jan. 12.

The project, which features videos and web pages that gather, archive and share the personal and professional stories of professors emeriti and retirees from the College of Health and Human Sciences, took gold in the category of Fundraising Programs – Comprehensive Campaigns as well as in the Platinum Fundraising category.

The College of Health and Human Sciences launched the Legacies Project in 2011 with a group of engaged faculty emeriti seeking to preserve history and bonds among their peers. Today, the Legacies Project has grown to honor 16 college faculty emeriti and retirees with five additional honorees to be announced this spring. The project has provided the honorees a new connection back to CHHS and to CSU.

The Platinum win means the Legacies Project advances to the national CASE competition, with winners to be announced in June. CSU is one of only two schools in Colorado to achieve Platinum Gold recognition in the district, which encompasses eight states stretching from Iowa to Wyoming.

“Our development team is top-notch, setting a high standard and paving paths that others will surely follow,” said Jeff McCubbin, dean of the College. “I am proud to see them being recognized among their peers for their innovation and example.”

More awards

Seven other projects from CSU were also recognized with CASE District awards Monday. The Division of University Advancement received a silver award in the category of Major Giving Programs for the campaign to renovate the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital and another silver in Strategic Communication Issues and Crisis Management for CSUCares, which supports members of the Ram Family affected by natural disasters.

The Division of External Relations brought home the gold in Best Uses of Social Media for RamChat; Strategic Public Relations and Community Relations for the Colorado Sustainability Study; and Internal Audience Print Publications for CSU Life for Faculty and Staff. Two silver awards – for research, medicine and science news writing and a brochure featuring CSU’s national academy-member faculty – rounded out the awards, making CSU one of the most honored Colorado institutions in the competition.

“The work of the faculty, students and staff here at Colorado State is incredible; it creates great stories that we feel privileged to share,” said Tom Milligan, vice president for external relations. “These awards are an impressive showing, and a great reflection of the excellence the entire communications team provides to CSU.”