One of the ways to measure the impact of the work that is done in our Marketing and Communications departments is by putting it up against the best from other colleges and universities throughout North America and around the world. And when we do – it’s clear to see we hold our own.
We have been nominated for and have won numerous awards over the years, including CASE District VIII awards, the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association awards, and The Aurora Awards.
Take a closer look at some of our most notable awards and the winning materials below.
CASE Circle of Excellence Awards
Recognizing the best of the best within higher education, the Circle of Excellence Awards are an international competition organized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Submissions for work in communications, publishing and marketing are entered by colleges, universities, independent schools and non-profits from around the world.
- Silver – community college magazines: Wider Horizons won a silver award for the Spring 2016 edition. The judges said, “Truly a unique alumni magazine, Wider Horizons appeals to far more than the Lethbridge College community. With a wide variety of engaging written pieces and high quality design and photography, this publication stood head and shoulders above the other magazines entered.”
For the second year in a row, Lethbridge College’s magazine, Wider Horizons, was named the best community college magazine in North America.
- Gold – community college magazines: The winter 2014 issue, titled "This Land is Our Land," featured profiles of alumni living and working in every province and territory in Canada. The spring 2014 issue was a special issue on food and featured interviews with (and recipes provided by) alumni, students and friends of the college involved in and inspired by the food industry. The fall 2014 issue featured a refreshed design and included stories on leadership.
The judges' report noted that "great use of photography, seamless design and cohesive editorial make this magazine the top overall publication in this year's competition." The judges "particularly liked the dramatic photography used to introduce the magazine's opening spreads [as] those shots evoked compelling emotion and really captured a moment."
- Gold – community college magazines: Wider Horizons was named the best community college magazine with the spring and fall 2013 issues being recognized for the themes of inspiration and discovery.
CASE District VIII Communications Awards
Better known as CASE, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education is a professional association committed to the advancement of education. Their annual regional communications awards recognize the dedication and hard work it takes to create exemplary marketing and communications materials.
District VIII is the largest of the eight North American CASE Districts and receives entries from colleges and universities of all sizes across western and northern Canada as well as the states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.
- Gold – feature writing: Lisa Kozleski’s “Lost Boys, Found Men” cover story from the spring 2016 issue of Wider Horizons won a gold award in the feature writing category. The story covered the journey of John Manyok and Sam Mathon from fighting as child soldiers in the Sudan to walking across the convocation stage at Lethbridge College. This story also received an Opportunity and Inclusion endorsement for showcasing the college’s commitment to fostering and promoting diversity and to including people and stories from diverse backgrounds and underrepresented groups.
- Silver – photo series: In the photo series category, Rod Leland’s “Whistling While He Works” photo essay featuring alumnus and long-time Facilities department employee Clarence Slomp won a silver award.
- Bronze – photography: Gregory Thiessen’s photo of a geomatics student, which won a bronze award in the photography category, was featured on the cover of the college’s Engineering Technologies publication given out to prospective students.
- Bronze – print general interest magazines: Wider Horizons won a bronze award in the print general interest magazines category for magazines with a circulation of 30,000-74,999. The magazine won a bronze award in this same category last year. The Winter and Spring 2014 issues of Wider Horizons were one of the smaller entries in a very competitive category for general excellence.
- Bronze – special issue: The Winter 2014 “This Land is our Land” issue of Wider Horizons won a bronze award in the special issue category for magazines. This issue featured profiles of alumni in every province and territory in Canada.
All three entries for 2015 also received Opportunity and Inclusion Endorsements for showcasing the college’s commitment to fostering and promoting diversity and to including people and stories from diverse backgrounds and underrepresented groups in the college’s marketing.
- Bronze – print general interest magazine: The award recognized the spring and fall 2013 issues of Wider Horizons, which focused on the themes of inspiration and discovery.
Wider Horizons also received an Opportunity and Inclusion Endorsement in recognition of the many stories and photos in 2013 issues that highlighted the college’s commitment to opportunity and inclusion for people from diverse backgrounds.
- Bronze – web design: The 2010 redesign of our website was one of the leading educational websites at the time and was recognized for its visual appeal and improved user experience.
- Bronze – publications writing: The redesigned 2007 viewbook received a bronze award in the publications writing category for its writing, which was visually supported by a revised layout and new design.
The Aurora Awards
A bi-annual, international competition for film, video and motion media, The Aurora Awards started small and quickly grew into a professionally recognized standard. Submissions are entered by media creators across the globe in categories that range from corporate communications to student works and everything in between.
- Gold – educational category: Produced in collaboration with The Commercial Factory, the 30-second commercial emphasized the hands-on, immersive education available at the college and aired in Alberta, Saskatchewan and southeastern British Columbia.