June 8, 2010
CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine:
SRU public relations office wins five national awards
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Office of University Public Relations has won five national Educational Marketing Awards from Higher Education Marketing Report. The Atlanta-based marketing publication received more than 2,000 entries from 1,000 institutions and agencies nationwide for its 25th annual awards competition.
SRU won a gold, silver, bronze and two merit awards for newspaper and magazine advertisements, a billboard and graduate education recruitment materials.
"Higher Education Marketing is one of the most prestigious marketing publications in the country. In this competition we are up against some of the top advertising agencies and creative staffs in the country. It's exciting to have your work recognized by peers," said Sandy Busch, SRU publications manager.
SRU received the gold for a magazine ad titled "Get Ahead, Stay Ahead" and a silver award for a magazine ad series titled "Do You Have What It Takes to Rock?" The bronze was for an outdoor billboard titled "Do You Have What It Takes to Rock?" The merit awards were for SRU's graduate admissions recruitment package and a series of newspaper ads titled, "Rock Solid Success," that highlighted the accomplishments of SRU graduates.
Busch designed the magazine ads and the billboard. Rita Abent, executive director for University Public Relations, wrote the copy. Aaron Moore, artist illustrator, designed the "Rock Solid Success" series. Gordon Ovenshine, senior writer, wrote the copy for the success series and the graduate recruitment materials.
Judges consisted of a national panel of higher education marketers, advertising creative directors, marketing professionals and the editorial board of Higher Education Marketing Report. Higher Education Marketing Report is a marketing publication for higher education professionals.
Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.