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University of Houston Wins Top Awards in CASE District IV Annual Competition

April 25, 2016–The University of Houston earned eight accolades in the 2016 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District IV annual marketing, alumni relations and communications competition.

CASE representatives presented the awards recently at the district conference in Dallas, and recognized UH entries among the top communications and alumni engagement work produced by colleges, universities and independent schools from CASE District IV. The chapter represents 2,904 members from 261 institutions in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

“It’s always a pleasure to be honored by peers, and I thank CASE for commending the great efforts and teamwork of UH development and alumni relations officers, donor and alumni communicators, and dedicated staff and volunteers throughout our campus community,” said Eloise Dunn Stuhr, vice chancellor and vice president for University Advancement. “Their hard work and determination continue to enhance our mission, and I also am pleased to see our fundraising communications, stories of outstanding students, donors and alumni and web-based communications gain districtwide and national visibility for UH.”

For the second year in a row, CASE conferred the Platinum Award recognizing the Best Article of the Year to UH for “The Essence of Reality is Change,” a feature story in the fall 2015 edition of the UH Magazine. The article profiled alumna Thusnelda Valdes, a native of Cuba who fled to the U.S. in 1961 and received three degrees from UH. CASE Platinum Categories recognize the best-of-the-best programs and practices in educational advancement.  

UH received a gold accolade in the Web-Blog category for the Highlight Houston event blog; silver accolades in the Web-E-newsletter and Writing-Proposal categories for the UH Alumni Association’s monthly “Happenings” e-newsletter and a fundraising proposal titled “Growing for the Greater Good” that supports the UH College of Pharmacy and development of the new Health and Biomedical Sciences Building II; and bronze accolades in the Video-Public Relations category for an alumni engagement video titled “Highlight Houston: UH Past, Present and Future” and in the Magazine category for the relaunched alumni publication and annual report, Alumline.  

The University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management also received two bronze accolades in the Writing-Publications and Design-Posters categories.

The full list of 2016 Accolades can be found at http://caseiv.org/dallas/accolades-winners-2016/.

By Joelle Carson