Special Events

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Judges' Report

70 Entries

Grand Gold Award

Clemson University (South Carolina) - Eclipse Over Clemson

Clemson University

  • On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse raced across the United States, from coast to coast. The path of totality began over the Pacific Ocean before first touching land just north of Newport, Oregon. Clemson University, which was located almost dead center within the path of totality, turned out to be one of the most popular places in the nation to view this eclipse.

Gold Award

Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart (New Jersey) - #LEADLIKEAGIRL: A Conference for Risk-Takers and Changemakers

Stuart Country Day School

  • #LEADLIKEAGIRL was a free, one-day conference for girls K–12, parents, educators and women mentors designed to showcase and inspire girls' confidence, creativity and leadership in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and entrepreneurship.

Silver Award

University of Miami - Break Through: University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies Simulation Hospital Dedication. Simulated Settings: Real-World Impact

University of Miami

  • The dedication of the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies (SONHS) Simulation Hospital took place on September 28, 2017. Conceived as a living laboratory in which students become active agents of their learning, and deploying state-of-the-art simulation technology, this five-story, 41,000-square-foot facility replicates the true flow of activities in a real-world hospital, primary care clinic and home-care setting.

Duke University (North Carolina) - A Night at the Museum: A Duke Alumni Evening at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Duke University

  • The Duke Alumni Association planned an exclusive, after-hours event of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, D.C., shortly after it opened. The museum, which features many Duke and Durham connections, drew nearly 1,400 alumni--producing the largest non-athletic alumni event outside of Duke's campus.

Bronze Awards

University of Southern California - USC Village Gala - October 3, 2018

University of Southern California

  • The USC Village Gala was the culminating celebration of the opening of the new USC Village. The live/work environment includes retailers like Target and Trader Joe's, while also creating eight new residential colleges that immerse students in a stimulating, academically enriching environment.

Colby College (Maine) - Dare Northward Campaign Launch Celebration, October 20, 2017

  • On October 20, 2017, Colby College held a primary campaign launch to inaugurate its "Dare Northward" campaign, the largest fundraising campaign ever at a liberal arts college—$750 million.


Judges' Report

34 Entries

Grand Gold Award

Southern Illinois University Carbondale - SIU Carbondale: The Eclipse Crossroads of America

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

  • The point of longest duration for the total solar eclipse on August, 21, 2017—the first over the United States since 1979—was just south of Carbondale, Illinois. The path of a second eclipse in 2024 will also cross over the region, providing a unique opportunity for scientists and the public alike to experience a total eclipse twice from the same spot.

Gold Award

MacMurray College (Illinois) - MacNation Tour 2017

MacMurray College

  • MacMurray College President Mark Tierno embarked on an eight-week trek around the nation in an RV to rally alumni as well as connect with current and prospective students. The tour was executed to thank longtime supporters of MacMurray College in person and to increase alumni participation.

Silver Award

Carnegie Mellon University (Pennsylvania) - 50th Anniversary Weekend at Homecoming: For the Founders

Carnegie Mellon University

  • Held November 9-11, 2017, the 50th anniversary celebration, "For the Founders," used the anniversary of the merger that formed Carnegie Mellon University as an opportunity to inspire current and future community members by honoring those throughout CMU's history and present who have helped shape the institution into a world leader in education and innovation.

Bronze Award

Auburn University (Alabama) - 125 Years of Auburn Women

Auburn University

  • When the oversight committee was created nearly two years ago, implementing significant, culminating events was a priority for celebrating the 125th Anniversary of Auburn Women. The events produced were once-in-a-lifetime commemorations that paid homage to the first three women to be admitted to Auburn University and the evolution of the Auburn woman. Every aspect of the events created an experience that engaged, recognized and welcomed women back to Auburn.


Judges' Report

26 Entries

Gold Award

Auburn University (Alabama) - 125 Years of Auburn Women

Auburn University

  • This was a year-long campaign/project to celebrate 125 years of women attending Auburn University.

Silver Award 

Queen's University (Canada) - Queen's 175th Anniversary

Queens University

  • Between May 2016 and July 2017, Queen's University celebrated its 175th anniversary, which coincided with Canada's 150th anniversary and Kingston's celebrations as Canada's first capital. Queen's University leveraged its anniversary through a series of special events that occurred between September 2016 and July 2017.