Pitt Office of Public Affairs Wins 5 CASE Accolades Awards

Issue Date: 
March 11, 2013

The University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Public Affairs won five awards—including one Gold—from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District II in that organization’s 2013 Accolades Awards Program competition. The honors were presented March 4 during the CASE Accolades Awards Reception, which was held at the Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh Hotel, Downtown.

CASE awarded the Office of Public Affairs a Gold Award in the category of Visual Design in Print, Specialty Items, for event materials created by University Marketing Communications for Thaddeus Mosley: Sculptor, a Feb. 1, 2012, evening reception that celebrated the career and life of Pitt alumnus Mosley (A&S ’50), a renowned Western Pennsylvania sculptor. The event was the University’s annual K. Leroy Irvis Black History Month Program, cohosted by Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg and Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Robert Hill. 

A Silver Award in the category of Government Relations Programs, Projects, and Special Events was given for Never a Spectator: The Political Life of Elsie Hillman, a case study about Hillman’s rise to leadership within the Republican Party and an evening event at Carnegie Music Hall held to recognize Hillman, also a noted philanthropist and friend of the University. Pitt’s Institute of Politics released the University Marketing Communications-produced case study during the May 17, 2012, event honoring Hillman.

Evolving the Image of the African American Male in American Media, a one-day summit presented by the Office of Public Affairs and held Nov. 1, 2011, in Pitt’s University Club, was recognized with a Silver Award in the Special Events category. A group of scholars, experts, and news media executives participated in panel discussions exploring how Black men are portrayed in the media and the impact of negative portrayals.

“Still We Rise,” an article in Pitt Magazine’s Spring 2012 issue, was honored with a Silver Award in the category of Best Article. The University’s flagship publication, Pitt Magazine also received an Honorable Mention in the Staff Writing category.

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.