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MSU wins ‘Grand’ awards

Mississippi State University recently garnered five awards, including two first place honors, in this year’s Council for Advancement and Support of Education competition for District III.

MSU competed against 125 higher education institutions in nine southeastern states to bring home “Grand” awards in Magazine Improvement and in the Photography Series category.

CASE awarded the university’s Office of Public Affairs and the MSU Alumni Association for the 2015 redesign of Alumnus magazine under the direction of Heather Rowe, OPA’s publications and digital design editor. The first place award was in the category for institutions with more than 15,000 students.

Also receiving first place honors was a photo collection, shot on site in Zambia, by Beth Wynn in Alumnus magazine’s “Deep Water” feature story.

Public Affairs received an “Award of Excellence” for the television commercial “We Ring True,” created as a component of the university’s branding campaign.

MSU’s Office of Admissions and Scholarships also received an “Award of Excellence” in the Recruitment Website category for last year’s site redesign. Tiffany Brady and Katie Corban, former OAS staff members, and Andy Lewis of MSU Information Technology Services, were instrumental in the project.

Moreover, the “We Ring True” print, broadcast and digital advertising won “Special Merit” recognition in Total Advertising Campaign.

Along with Rowe, Wynn and Lassetter, other OPA staff members making contributions include photographers Russ Houston and Megan Bean; graphic designers Eric Abbott, Hayley Gilmore and Tim Myers; marketing and communication coordinator Erin Brown; social media specialist Chase Neal; writers Allison Matthews, Zack Plair, Sasha Steinberg and Sammy McDavid; television center staff members Steve Carver, David Garraway, Mike Godwin and Hal Teasler; research editor Jim Laird; information technology coordinator Nick Wilson; WMSV radio station manager Anthony Craven; office manager Courtney Honnoll; research marketing analyst Checky Herrington; associate director Harriet Laird; and director and CCO Sid Salter.

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