Fund-raising campaign, video win awards from education council

A video produced by Western Carolina University’s Office of Public Relations and a special project by Western’s Office of Development recently won recognition from a national higher education organization.

The awards were presented as part of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s District III conference held Feb. 5-8 in Nashville, Tenn. CASE is the leading educational association for professionals in the field of institutional advancement.

The video “Construction Management” received a Special Merit Award in the films and videotape category. The video is used by the Kimmel School of Construction Management, Engineering and Technology as part of efforts to recruit new students to the construction management program.

John Kenyon, information and communication specialist at Western, served as primary videographer and producer, wrote the script, and edited the video. Additional video of highway construction and earth-moving equipment was provided with permission from Park&Co. The voice-over was provided by Donald Connelly, assistant professor in the communications, theatre and dance department at Western.

The “Share the Experience Change a Life” Loyalty Fund campaign, which included a brochure, Web site and other materials, received an Award of Excellence in the fund-raising category. The annual fund-raising campaign was developed to solicit contributions for merit-based scholarships and other Western initiatives.

The campaign was a collaborative effort involving Brett Woods, director of annual and special gifts; Casey Carter, program assistant; Jim Miller, associate vice chancellor for development; Rubae Sander, director of publications; and Mark Haskett, photographer.