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Acing the CASE: Berea wins several top awards

Berea College won several top CASE awards for its publications and web presence, maintaining its high-quality work that has consistently won awards for the past several years.

Berea wins several CASE awards.

The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, CASE, offers annual awards to educational institutions for the best print and online work in various categories.

Berea College Magazine won the Grand award, the highest CASE prize, for Best College Magazine and Best Annual Report. The magazine also received several top awards for its content.

Berea College Magazine Editor Normandi Ellis won a Grand award for Best Feature for her “Treasured Maps Reveal a Portrait of Appalachia,” published in the Fall 2008 issue of the magazine. The piece explores maps of communities in Appalachia, some of which were drawn by returning World War II soldiers enrolled in Berea's revolutionary humanities course at that time.

O’Neil Arnold, ’85, won the Grand award for Best Photo Essay for his “A Journey into the Heart of Appalachia,” also published in Fall 2008. The photo essay chronicles the Appalachian Tour across various Appalachian communities on the Berea College bus. Through his photos, Arnold tells the story of the Appalachian people – the “caring, dignified, wise people struggling to live their lives peacefully with one another.”

Senior Deb McIntyre, student editor of the magazine, won the Excellence award for her Summer 2009 article, “The View from the Balcony.” McIntyre wrote about how Berea College President Larry Shinn meets the challenges as he leads Berea through the current financial crisis that has hit Berea hard.

In addition to the print publications, Berea also made a strong showing in the virtual world. Berea College won the Grand award for Overall Web Design and Implementation. Jay Buckner, communications manager, accepted the award that was given for Berea's social networks on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Buckner also won a Merit award for his video about the restoration of the Berea College Chimes. See BC-Now!’s coverage

Boone Tavern’s grand opening event won two Excellence awards. The combination of video, photos and print booklets won in the Institutional Relations category, while the event’s overall organization won in Special Events.

The Boone Tavern Commemorative Booklet won a Grand award. The video created for Boone Tavern’s grand opening received a Merit award.

Over the past several years, Berea College Public Relations has received numerous top CASE awards for its work. The contribution of Berea students working with the college through the Labor Program has been important. Although all work is judged at a professional level, Berea students have still won several CASE awards for the quality of their print and online work.

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