SRU wins 10 national awards for digital marketing content


Digital media award winners

Slippery Rock University captured 10 national Educational Digital Marketing Awards, including a Gold Award for the official website of Rock Athletics,

Jan. 23, 2019

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has won 10 national Educational Digital Marketing Awards. The EDMAs recognize the best educational websites, digital content, electronic communications, mobile media and social media.

SRU collected three Gold, two Silver, one Bronze and four Merit Awards out of more than 1,000 entries in 29 categories and 14 groups.

The University Communication and Public Affairs Office produced the content, which included Gold Awards for the official website of Rock Athletics,, in the Athletic Website category; and the Rock Athletics Digital Network in the Streaming Content category, both of which are projects under the leadership of Jon Holtz, director of athletic communication. SRU's new interactive campus map also won Gold in the Miscellaneous Interactive Media category. The campus map project was led by Chase Wickerham, assistant director of web communication and development.

"Third-party recognition like the EDM Awards reinforces the tremendous work produced by our talented staff," said Rita Abent, executive director for university communication and public affairs. "We continue to provide creative and innovative content that distinguishes SRU from our peers and benefits the variety of people we engaged with on our digital platforms."

Holtz also led two other projects that won awards, the SRU football signing day entry that won Silver in the Athletic Website category and a Merit Award for athletics event coverage in the Social Media category.

"We work hard to deliver high quality digital content to our fans through a variety of channels," Holtz said. "Being recognized for our work on the website, the Rock Athletics Digital Network and our social media channels gives us a great deal of pride and shows us that we continue to successfully accomplish and exceed our goals."

SRU also won a Silver Award in the Social Media category for its countdown to William Behre's first day as president of SRU; a Bronze award for the 2017 holiday card video in the Digital Video category; and Merit Awards for the employee recognition celebration (Digital Video), homecoming hype video (Digital Video) and (Website).

Judges for the EDMAs consisted of a national panel of higher education marketers, advertising creative directors, marketing and advertising professionals and the editorial board of Higher Education Marketing Report.

For the complete list of EDMA winners, visit:

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