Pitt Office of Public Affairs Wins 11 CASE Awards

Issue Date: 
January 31, 2011

The University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Public Affairs won 11 awards—including seven Gold—from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District II in the organization’s 2011 Accolades Awards Program competition. The honors will be presented Feb. 7 during the CASE District II annual meeting in Baltimore.

Public Affairs received four Gold awards for its work related to the University of Pittsburgh’s Feb. 1, 2010, world-premiere screening of the documentary Newspaper of Record: The Pittsburgh Courier, 1907-1965, by filmmaker and Pitt alumnus Kenneth Love (A&S ’71). The film was created to celebrate the 58-year illustrious history of The Pittsburgh Courier, which became the most influential Black newspaper in the nation, with a peak circulation of 400,000. Pitt Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg and Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Robert Hill hosted a by-invitation reception and screening in the Twentieth Century Club.

The Gold awards stemming from that event were given in the following four categories: Community Relations Programs, Projects, and Special Events; Individual Special Public Relations Projects; Visual Design in Print, Single-Page Publications (for event’s program); and Special Events, Individual.

Public Affairs also received Gold awards for Pitt Magazine in the Staff Writing category; a Hail to Pitt 2009-10 Institutional Spot in the PSAs and Commercial Spots category; and Transforming Pittsburgh: The Eds and Meds Story in the Specific Media Relations Programs category. The last award stems from the University’s numerous public relations efforts during the 2009 G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh to promote the role of education and medicine in the economic transformation of Southwest Pennsylvania.

The Newspaper of Record event’s invitation garnered a Silver award in the Visual Design in Print, Specialty Items category.

A Decade of Challenge (2010 Report of Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg) and the Pitt Magazine article “Power in Black and White” won one Silver award each in the categories of Annual or Institutional Reports and Best Article, respectively.

The 2010 annual report also won a Bronze award in the Visual Design in Print, Covers category.

Also at the awards celebration in February, Pitt-Bradford will receive a Silver award in the Institutional Identity Programs category for its Go Beyond Brand Party.

District II is CASE’s largest division, which includes 700 institutions and 3,000 individual members from Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Canadian Province of Ontario.