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National University Earns Two Gold Medals from CASE


National University earned not one, but two Gold Medals, along with a Silver Medal from the 2003 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Circle of Excellence Awards.

The University had won Silver CASE awards in the past, but 2003 was the first time that it took home the Gold.

“The receipt of these awards puts National University in the company of such renowned institutions as Harvard, Stanford and Penn State, and brings us international recognition for the high caliber of our performance,” Said Chancellor Jerry C. Lee. CASE Awards are considered the equivalent of the Academy Awards for advertising and graphic design in higher education.

National University was awarded the Gold Medal for “Photographer of the Year” for contract photographer Mark Dastrup’s work on the commemorative Legacy book, distributed last September at Dr. Lee’s annual Address to the University Community. The creation of Legacy also merited a Silver Medal for “Visual Design” and an Honorable Mention for “Institutional Relations Publications.” National won its other Gold Medal for the implementation of its “Bill of Rights” advertising campaign.

“The regional operations and marketing team under the leadership of Vice President Patricia Potter, and in particular, Beth Schechter, and the communications department under Director Keith Kanzel, are to be commended for their efforts in these projects,” Dr. Lee added. “It is extremely gratifying for all of us within the University community to receive such well-deserved recognition from external organizations. Such acknowledgement will go far toward confirming the University’s standing as a leader in the world of higher education.”

Other CASE Gold Medal winners for 2003 in the category of “Visual Design” include Massachusetts Institute of Technology, California Institute of Technology, Duke University and Vanderbilt University. For more information on the CASE Circle of Excellence Awards, visit the organization’s Web site.