Colorado Mountain College recently received one national and two regional awards from two nonprofits that support educational communication and advancement.
CMC’s marketing and communications department received a 2017 gold national Paragon award for “Aim Higher,” the college’s viewbook, from the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations. NCMPR’s Paragon awards recognize outstanding achievement in design, marketing and communication at community and technical colleges.
In addition, the college received a 2018 gold award for its yearlong 50th-anniversary commemoration and a silver award for the college’s 2015-16 Impact Annual Review, from District VI of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
The council supports professionals working in communications, marketing, alumni relations and development at educational institutions worldwide. CMC’s awards rose to the top among entries from colleges and universities within the organization’s eight-state District VI region.
CASE’s gold award in the category of “Special Events: Yearlong Event” was for the college’s 50th-anniversary coordinated events and communication. The award acknowledges Colorado Mountain College’s advancement team: the CMC Foundation, the marketing and communications department and the public information office.
Over the course of the anniversary year the team coordinated over 38 campus celebrations and community events, throughout the college’s footprint. In addition to the events, they produced special logo and design elements, as well as extensive print, broadcast and social media communications, commemorating the college’s half-century milestone.
“CMC’s 50th-anniversary theme was ‘Because of You,’” said Kristin Heath Colon, the college’s vice president for advancement and CMC Foundation CEO. “We recognize that this college truly exists because of you: our founders, communities, volunteers, donors and our faculty, staff and students – past, present and future. It was a tremendous team effort and labor of love to celebrate the past five decades of this inclusive, innovative college throughout this yearlong celebration. We share this gold award, celebrating our golden year, with the entire Colorado Mountain College family.”
Colorado Mountain College’s 2015-16 Impact Annual Review received a silver award in the category of “Individual In-House Publications.” The review featured stories of students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters of the college and was, once again, a collaboration among the college’s advancement team members. CMC’s new Impact 50th commemorative review, looking backward at the 2016-17 year, is at cmcfoundation.org/flipbook/.
NCMPR’s Paragon awards drew over 1,900 entries from 243 colleges across the country. The organization provides professional development opportunities and advocates on behalf of marketing and communications professions and the institutions it serves.
CASE provides networking, recognition and continuing education for advancement professionals at more than 3,400 colleges, universities, and independent elementary and secondary schools in over 70 countries. CASE’s District VI region comprises Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.
For more information about CASE and these specific awards, go to casevi.org/awards/institutional_awards. For more information about the NCMPR awards, go to https://www.ncmpr.org/17-Paragons. For more on the college’s 50th-anniversary celebrations, go to cmcbecauseofyou.org.