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CER recognized for outstanding work and expertise

forestry101.300x175Communications and External Relations (CER) has had an impressive year thus far. From award-winning publications to photos to speeches, CER continues to be considered an international leader among peer institutions and in the design and communication industries. In recognition for outstanding work and expertise, CER was recognized by the following organizations:

Council for Advancement and Support of Education, CASE

Advancement’s premier international awards program, Circle of Excellence recognizes the work of CASE members, acknowledging superior accomplishments that have lasting impact, demonstrate the highest level of professionalism and deliver exceptional results. Winning programs epitomize the profession’s best practices, raise standards and contribute to a growing body of knowledge about advancement.

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Wake Forest wins national CASE awards

Wake Forest is raising the bar of creative excellence for colleges and universities around the world.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), one of the largest international associations of education institutions with more than 3,600 member colleges and universities, awarded Wake Forest’s Creative Communications team three gold medal awards during its 2014 Circle of Excellence awards program. Additionally, Wake Forest Magazine received a silver award for general interest magazines with a circulation of 75,000 or greater.

The international Circle of Excellence awards program recognizes outstanding work in advancement services, alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing as judged by peer professionals at schools, colleges and universities as well as by professionals from outside education.

This year, 629 institutions submitted more than 3,000 entries in 100 different categories.

Wake Forest’s Admissions Viewbook and Forestry 101, a mini-textbook containing everything incoming freshmen and their families need to know about orientation and life at Wake Forest, both received gold medal awards for the multi-page publication category.  The only other school to receive gold in the category was Marlboro College in Vermont. There were a total of 105 entries.

“From the beginning of both Forestry 101 and the Admissions viewbook, we tried to rethink what had been created traditionally both here and at other schools,” said Hayes Henderson, executive director of Wake Forest’s Creative Communications team.

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Wake Forest University photographer Ken Bennett

Wake Forest University photographer Ken Bennett was named the 2014 Photographer of the Year. The award recognizes the work of a single staff or freelance photographer based on a portfolio of 10 to 15 representative photographs. Bennett was selected from a national pool of 35 applicants.

“Ken has the unique ability to skillfully capture the emotion of a moment, the personality of a subject, a moment in time, or a unique view of our campus environment– all with the vision and creativity of a category specialist,” Henderson said. “As a teammate, he brings fresh ideas to the table, is a dedicated thinking partner on our communications materials, a great collaborator, and just fun to work with.”

Bennett named ‘Master of the Profession’

Ken BennettIf a picture is worth a thousand words, then Wake Forest photographer Ken Bennett has been doing a lot of impressive talking. What he had to say recently attracted the attention of his colleagues around the country.

In June, the University Photographers’ Association of America (UPAA), a group of college and university photographers, selected Bennett as the recipient of the Master of the Profession award. The award honors members of the UPAA for their production of consistently high quality photography. Since the award’s creation in 2011, only six photographers have been chosen for this award.

“It is a great honor for me and the UPAA board to present the Master of the Profession award to Ken,” said UPAA president Glenn Carpenter. “Wake Forest is incredibly fortunate to have such a talented photographer on staff. But rest assured, it is not only Ken’s talented photographic skills that earned him this award. Ken’s willingness to share his knowledge with others is a shining example of the qualities we look for in those honored with the Master of the Profession award.”

The UPAA also gives awards for publications and print materials. This year, Bennett’s work was repeatedly recognized.

In the publications competition that evaluates the overall photo quality and use of photography, Bennett earned third place for publication covers, first place for viewbooks and first place for general publications. In the print competition, Bennett received second place for people and portraits, third place for campus environment and third place for news photography.

“Ken has the distinct ability to continue to innovate his photography in a contained environment,” said Hayes Henderson, executive director of creative at Wake Forest. “That creativity shines the way for others and encourages them to do the same – to challenge themselves to go deeper in their art as well as their environment.”

Bennett has been Wake Forest’s photographer since 1997. His current work can be seen at Focus on the Forest, the University’s photo blog.

Read more in the Winston-Salem Journal »

New boiler added to power plant

Workers install a new boiler in the Wake Forest power plant.Dozens of Facilities and Campus Services staff watched on Tuesday afternoon as a large crane lifted a 42,000-pound boiler over the Wake Forest power plant, then lowered it through a hole in the roof to its final position inside.

The new boiler, which joins two that have been heating the campus since 1956, will provide added capacity and increased efficiency.

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WFU Magazine: new awards, new connections

Cover of Wake Forest Magazine

When associate vice president Maria Henson (’82) judged senior orations earlier this month she brought copies of the spring issue of Wake Forest Magazine with her. She didn’t leave with any. “The students said, ‘Can we take these?’ It was music to my ears.”

Henson, who oversees the magazine and its website, says the student compliments are rewarding, just as the magazine wins two top awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Wake Forest Magazine has won the Grand Award for District III (Southeast region) in two categories: Alumni Magazines (for schools with similar enrollment) and Magazine Publishing Improvement. The entries are judged on content, writing, design, photography, budget and resources.

The magazine has been working on a redesign since Henson returned to Wake Forest in June 2010. After a Pulitzer Prize-winning career in newspapers, Henson pored through 10 years’ worth of Wake Forest Magazines to learn where the publication had been and examined other college publications and general interest magazines. She, managing editor Cherin Poovey, deputy editor Janet Williamson, and freelance designer Julie Helsabeck, the daughter of an alumnus, brainstormed about what they wanted in the magazine’s redesign. Continue reading »

January 2012 staff milestones

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WFU wins photography, publication awards

Students and bicycles on the Wake Forest campusWake Forest won several awards in the 2011 University Photographers Association of America print and publications competition.

  • The Viewbook won second place in the Viewbooks category of the publications competition. Julie Helsabeck was the designer, Cherin Poovey did the writing and Ken Bennett was the photographer.
  • Bennett was awarded second place in the Photo Essay category for the “Verbal Victor” entry.
  • A photograph of students outside the Pit won honorable mention in the Features category of the print competition.

Bennett finished 19th overall in the monthly image competition.

View a sample of Wake Forest’s winning entries (Flickr) »

View all the winners of the print competition here (PDF) »

View the covers of the publications winners here (PDF) »

Dedicated Deacons

If you’ve ever been featured on the website or any campus publication, then you’ve been photographed by Ken Bennett. We’d like to thank him for getting some of the awesome shots that make our campus and its students look good. Read more in the Old Gold and Black. – from the Old Gold and Black

Bennett wins awards

Ken Bennett, University Photographer, won two awards for undergraduate admissions publications in the annual competition sponsored by the University Photographers Association of America. The admissions search piece won third place in the General Publications photography, and the admissions viewbook won second place in the viewbooks photography category.