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Worth Sharing: University Advancement Wins Five CASE Awards

A view up a spiral staircase
Matt Bates / University Photographer

A view of the spiral staircase winding up the rotunda inside Kendall Hall on Monday, July 18, 2022 in Chico, Calif. (Matt Bates/University Photographer/Chico State)

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Awards and Activities

University Advancement once again has garnered international recognition for its communications and development programs as examples of best practices. The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) honored Chico State with five international Circle of Excellence Awards. University Photographer Jason Halley’s remarkable work won several awards: a Gold Award in the single photo category for his image A Place to Perform: a Bronze Award for the photo series A Place for a Performance, which depict student dancers finding new places to practice and perform throughout impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and a Bronze Award for his photo series Teaching in Virtual Environments. University Advancement also won a Silver Award for multiyear fundraising campaigns for Transform Tomorrow | The Campaign for Chico State. By completing its comprehensive campaign early, amid a pandemic, and with extra funds that generated momentum to carry the team forward, judges recognized the effort as a “model for pivoting and staying focused on continuing the last months of a campaign during the pandemic” and said it was “impressive for first campaign ever.” Finally, the team won a Bronze Award in marketing for the identity redesign of Chico Performances. This update was done in tandem with the more comprehensive University rebranding while also displaying the character and flavor synonymous with Chico Performances and the performing arts. Senior graphic designer Geoff Wintrup and University Public Engagement Director Stephen Cummins led the impactful redesign.

The Chico State volleyball team was honored for its work in the classroom with Team Academic Award honors from the United States Marine Corps and American Volleyball Coaches Association. This marks the fourth consecutive season Chico State’s volleyball team has captured this award, which is given to schools whose teams maintain a 3.30 cumulative grade point average for an academic year.

Women’s golfer Taylor Stewart was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association’s (CCAA) 2021–22 Impact Award winner. Created in 2015–16, the Impact Award recognizes a single CCAA student-athlete who has exemplified leadership through participation in community service and engagement activities as a member of his or her team, as well as demonstrating actions that exemplify leadership outside of team activities.