Highlighted by a top award for its president, Fort Hays State University captured several awards during the annual conference of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education earlier this week in Kansas City, Mo.
The conference was for District VI of CASE, an international organization for higher education professionals in the fields of endowment, alumni relations and communications. District VI includes institutions of higher education in the states of Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Dr. Edward H. Hammond, FHSU president, received the Chief Executive Leader Award during a luncheon ceremony on Tuesday. He was nominated for the award by members of the FHSU administration and received letters of support from U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Hays; Shawn Chen, chairman of the board of Sias International University, which was FHSU's first partner university in China; and David D. Kerr, secretary of the Kansas Department of Commerce.
The annual award recognizes the chief executive of an academic institution who has demonstrated the ability to create a vision and inspire others; establish a positive image for the institution; increase the institution's stature in the community; encourage innovation and risk-taking among employees; and actively support the institution's endowment, alumni relations and communications efforts.
FHSU's Office of University Relations also won four Bronze Awards, a Gold Award and a prestigious Grand Gold Award for its work over the previous year. CASE District VI invites entries in more than 60 categories but does not give all the awards in every category because only highly deserving entries are selected. For example, this year there were only four Grand Gold Award winners.
The Office of University Relations submitted six entries and won six awards, including a Grand Gold Award in the category of overall publications for the book "Into the Future," which told the story of the university's last 20 years.
Art Director Mary Ridgway and student designer Michael Miller, Chanute sophomore, won a Gold Award in the category of excellence in graphic design for table decorations and the program created for the university's annual Spring Fling, an event sponsored by the President's Office during Administrative Professionals Week. They also won a Bronze Award in the category of excellence in graphic design for other materials they created for Spring Fling.
Ridgway won a Bronze Award in the category of best solution to a communications challenge for a brochure she designed for the university's 1-2-1 international degree program. She also won a Bronze Award in the category of single student recruitment publication for designing the university's annual viewbook, which is used to recruit high school students.
Director Kent Steward won a Bronze Award in the category of excellence in writing for the news release, "FHSU, Shanahan sever relationship: President also suspends debate program because current practices fall short of educational standards."