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CSU, Chico Wins Two Awards for Outstanding Print Pieces from International Organization

Date: 11-23-2009

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico won two top awards at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Region VII conference in San Francisco, Nov. 15-17. The Gold and Silver awards were received for the Gateway Science Museum’s Paver Program and for an illustration of Ella Caroline Sapp Hall, commissioned for the 125th anniversary of the building, respectively.

The Paver Program, which received the Gold Award for Fundraising Campaigns, was designed to generate interest in the Gateway Science Museum’s Legacy Paving Stones Program, in which members of the community could purchase a stone paver inscribed in honor or memory of family or friends, to be installed in Founders Plaza. The fund-raising effort was patterned after the award-winning Chico State student fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Up ‘Til Dawn. The promotional materials for the Paver Program were designed by student Robert Ortegon, with photography by Jeff Teeter, both from CSU, Chico’s Instructional Media Center.

The Ella Caroline Sapp Hall illustration, which received the Silver Award for Excellence in Design, Illustration, was commissioned by the alumni office to be used for the 125th Anniversary Celebration of Sapp Hall. Sapp Hall houses the Alumni and Parent Relations office. Alum Chris Ficken, the supervisor of Digital Imaging and Print Services in Academic Technologies, drew the illustration, which complements illustrations he did more than 20 years ago of Laxson Auditorium, Trinity Hall and Kendall Hall. The original illustration now hangs, framed, in Sapp Hall, and the artwork was used in note cards given as gifts at the 125th anniversary celebration.

“These awards, that are highly competitive and reflect the highest standards of work in the field of advancement, are a perfect example of the collaborative effort that advances the University,” said Rick Ellison, vice president for Advancement. “The Paver Project fundraiser was spearheaded by Gary Sitton, a community board member for the Gateway Science Museum, and implemented by the board and University administrators. The winning illustration of Sapp Hall was created by talented graphic designer and artist, Chris Ficken. These two contributed to University advancement in invaluable ways, and we are very grateful to them.”

CSU, Chico has a history of winning top awards from CASE. CSU, Chico won two CASE gold medal awards in 2008, one for a CSU, Chico College of Humanities and Fine Arts annual fund brochure, and one for the logo and identify program for the 2007 North State Road Trip; a Gold Medal award in 2007 for an athletics fund-raising brochure created by Athletics Advancement Director Jonathan Wanderstock; and two bronze awards in 2005 in the categories of Magazine Writing and Best Practices in Alumni Relations.

All CASE award entries are judged by teams of advancement professionals in other regions of the country. CASE District VII, which is the region that includes CSU, Chico, represents schools in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Hawaii and Guam.

University Advancement is dedicated to supporting CSU, Chico’s strategic priorities by engaging alumni and friends, seeking sources of private support, and finding ways to help fund the outstanding programs for which the University is known.