College communications win national recognition

annual report coverSUNY Oswego’s 2006 annual report, “A Community that Delivers,” received a Grand Award and Oswego alumni magazine won an Award of Excellence in the 2007 APEX Awards for Publication Excellence competition recognizing work by professional communicators.

The college’s latest annual report, produced by the college’s Office of Public Affairs and designed by Mosseau Graphic Design of DeWitt, came out on top in the category of annual reports, with six others. Of the nearly 5,000 entries in this year’s competition, just 114 Grand Award winners were selected in 11 major categories.

The judges wrote that Oswego’s annual report had “engaging photos, warm, inviting copy, a clean layout with crisp, elegant spreads, brevity (such a rarely seen virtue in an annual report)—and a feeling that they’ve hit the center of the bull’s-eye with this communication effort.”

The 2006 annual report (pictured) was distributed in January to faculty and staff, donors, students’ families, members of various campus boards, emeriti faculty, and presidents and other officers of northeastern colleges and universities.

The alumni magazine, published by the Oswego Alumni Association three times a year, received an APEX Award of Excellence in the category for print magazines and journals of more than 32 pages. Of the nearly 5,000 entries in this year’s competition, 1,521 Award of Excellence winners were selected in 105 categories.

The magazine is edited by Michele Reed, director of alumni and development communications, and designed by Kiefer Creative of Liverpool. It is distributed to alumni, friends of the college, faculty, staff and families of current students.

Jim Russell is the staff photographer for both award-winning publications.

APEX is an international competition that recognizes outstanding publications from magazines to reports, brochures and Web sites.

According to the APEX 2007 judges, “The awards were based on excellence in graphic design, quality of editorial content and the success of the entry in conveying the message and achieving overall communications effectiveness.”

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(Posted: Jul 17, 2007)