PULLMAN – WSU staff won six awards in the 2011 communication awards competition sponsored by the District VIII Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
Washington State Magazine (WSM), the university’s primary external communications publication, led the way, winning two gold and two silver awards in the competition, which attracted 513 entries from 46 institutions of higher education in the western U.S. and Canada.
The magazine won gold in the overall magazine category, as well as a gold and a silver for writing. A special section of WSM’s website also earned a silver award.


Edited by Tim Steury, WSM has consistently been recognized for excellence by CASE, an international organization that promotes excellence in educational advancement through alumni relations, communications, marketing, and fund raising. The magazine won international CASE awards for writing and design in 2007, 2008, and 2010.

In addition to the awards for the magazine, WSU staff won two other awards: a gold for a website that promoted the university’s home football weekend activities, and a bronze for a viewbook and another booklet, two of the primary publications used to recruit undergraduate students.

”The work of our talented communications staff is an important part of our efforts to advance the university’s strategic priorities,” said John Gardner, vice president of Advancement and External Affairs. “Our team is dedicated to helping our stakeholders deepen their understanding of WSU’s mission and invest in its future.”

The awards will be presented at a CASE VIII awards luncheon on Feb. 24, in Vancouver, B.C., during the district’s annual conference. Judges will announce the winners of grand gold awards, which signify the top entry in each individual category, and the winner of the Virginia Carter Smith Grand Crystal Award, recognizing the most outstanding entry of the year, during the conference.
The different WSU’s winning entries and categories are:
Gold Awards:
  • Washington State Magazine: general interest magazines. Larry Clark, John Paxson, Eric Sorensen, Tim Steury, Hannelore Sudermann

  • Washington State Magazine: individual features or articles. “Desperately Seeking ShermanHannelore Sudermann

  • Cougar Football Weekends website: web subsite or special section. “Football Weekends 2010.” Biniam Alemu, Adrian Aumen, Jon Bickelhaupt, Allen Johns, Stephen Locker, Mariah Maki, Edward Sala
Silver Awards:
  • Washington State Magazine website: creative uses of technology and new media. “CoordinatesLarry Clark, John Paxson

  • Washington State Magazine: individual features or articles. “Cultivating New EnergyEric Sorensen
Bronze Award:
The student recruitment publications were printed by WSU’s University Publishing office.