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Enter Top Projects and Publications for 2018 CASE Circle of Excellence Awards

Circle of ExcellenceThe Circle of Excellence Awards program honors exceptional work in advancement services, alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing at CASE-member institutions worldwide. The entry period for the 2018 Circle of Excellence Awards opens Monday, Jan. 8, and closes Friday, March 9.

Take a look back on 2017 winners and judges reports, which are available here on the CASE website.

Advancement Services - Donor Relations, Gold award: The University of British Columbia (Canada) - Leading Lights

Leading Lights, a series of illuminated nine-foot pillars at the University of British Columbia, bears the names of the generous donors who gave more than $25,000 during UBC's record-shattering fundraising campaign, start an evolution. Now the focal point of campus, Leading Lights embodies the ambition and generosity of UBC's alumni and donors.

Alumni Relations - Innovative Alumni Programs, Gold Award: The University of Auckland - WOW: Words of Wisdom

The University of Auckland encouraged its alumni to give not just money, but guidance. For two months, students called alumni around the world and asked for their Words of Wisdom: advice for new graduates entering the real world. The initiative proved mutually beneficial as it enabled alumni to support the university on a more personal level and gave students the opportunity to connect with those who came before them. The words of wisdom were printed on cards and put inside fortune cookies at graduation, inviting 2016 graduates to stay connected with the university.

Special Events - Year-long, Gold award: Rice University (Texas) - Celebrating 50 Years of Black Undergraduate Life at Rice

Rice University admitted its first black undergraduate students in 1965. In 2015, the university launched a yearlong campaign to commemorate 50 years of black excellence and achievement. Events such as poetry readings and presidential panel discussions served to celebrate black culture and reflect on the history of integration. The campaign culminated in the Blueprint for Excellence Gala, recognizing alumni accomplishments and raising funds for a legacy endowment to support diversity initiatives.

This article is from the BriefCASE 2017 issue.