University wins prestigious awards for communications

SF State has been awarded two top honors for communications from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education's (CASE) District VII. CASE gave the Gold Circle of Excellence Award -- the highest it bestows -- to SF State Magazine, the twice-yearly publication for alumni, faculty, students, staff and friends of the University. The Bronze Circle of Excellence went to a summer 2011 media campaign for "The Great Bee Count Day," a citizen science project by Associate Professor of Biology Gretchen LeBuhn that sought to collect data on bee populations across the country. Both the magazine and the media campaign were produced by the Office of University Communications.

The cover of SF State Magazine, Fall/Winter 2011 edition.

SF State Magazine's latest issue, Fall/Winter 2011, featured a story on Gretchen LeBuhn's Great Bee Count Day.

CASE, one of the largest nonprofit education associations, honors best practices in alumni relations, communications, fundraising, marketing and other areas. District VII represents colleges and universities in Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah.

"These top honors for University Communications underscore the team's exceptional creativity and effectiveness in promoting and advancing the University's reputation," said Robert J. Nava, vice president for university advancement. "The awards are well-deserved recognition of the department's efforts to highlight the accomplishments of faculty, students and alumni."

SF State previously won the Gold Circle of Excellence Award in 2010 for a brochure entitled "The San Francisco State of Mind," and in 2003 for an advertising campaign called "Think SF State.". SF State Magazine has received five previous Circle of Excellence Awards: Bronze for University Magazines, 2007; Bronze for Magazine Writing, 2004; Award of Excellence, Magazine Writing, 2003 and 2002; Award of Excellence, University Magazines, 2002.

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-- Philip Riley