Publications, commercial spot win awards for excellence

Five bronze. Five silver. Four gold. Two grand gold.

In an international competition equivalent to the Olympics for people who work in alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing at educational institutions, Stanford won 16 medals in 2008.

The Circle of Excellence Awards Program, an annual contest held by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, awarded medals in 41 categories in areas such as alumni relations, electronic-media presentations, periodicals and student-recruitment marketing. According to the council's website, more than 3,500 entries were submitted to the various categories from 766 higher education institutions, independent schools and nonprofit educational organizations, such as museums, libraries and radio stations, worldwide. Judges awarded 363 bronze, silver and gold medals, and 15 grand gold medals, the top prize.

Based in Washington, D.C., with offices in London and Singapore, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education has a membership that includes nearly 3,400 colleges, universities, independent elementary and secondary schools, and nonprofit educational groups in 60 countries. The mission of the organization is to advance and support "educational institutions around the world by enhancing the effectiveness of the alumni relations, communications, marketing, fundraising and other advancement professionals who serve them."

Following is a list of Stanford medalists from this year's competition and the categories in which the medals were awarded:

Best Articles of the Year

  • Gold—Alumni Association, Stanford magazine, "Mind Over Platter," by Barrett Sheridan

  • Silver—School of Medicine, Stanford Medicine, "Silent Inferno," by Tracie White

  • Bronze—Alumni Association, Stanford magazine, "Eureka!" by Theresa Johnston

  • College and University General Interest Magazines

  • Silver—Alumni Association, Stanford magazine

  • Electronic Media: PSAs and Commercial Spots

  • Gold—Stanford University ("Laser Cat"); view at

  • Excellence in News Writing: Research, Medicine and Science Writing

  • Gold—School of Medicine

  • Internal Audience Periodicals: Print Internal Audience Tabloids and Newsletters

  • Bronze—Stanford University, Stanford Report

  • Periodicals Publishing Improvement: Magazine Publishing Improvement

  • Grand Gold—School of Law, Stanford Lawyer

  • Periodical Special Issues

  • Bronze—School of Medicine, Stanford Medicine, "War Wounds," Summer 2007

  • Periodical Staff Writing for External Audiences

  • Grand Gold—School of Medicine, Stanford Medicine

  • Special Constituency Magazines: Special Interest Magazines

  • Gold—School of Medicine, Stanford Medicine

  • Bronze—School of Law, Stanford Lawyer

  • Visual Design in Print

  • Silver—Alumni Association (Editorial Design: Stanford magazine, "Eureka!")

  • Silver—School of Medicine (Illustration: Stanford Medicine, "Code Green")

  • Silver—School of Medicine (Illustration: Stanford Medicine, Spring 2007 cover)

  • Bronze—Alumni Association (Editorial Spread: Stanford magazine, "The Dark Side of the Sun")