UC Irvine’s innovative alumni program, advertising campaign and school-based annual report received international top honors in three categories at the 2015 Council for Advancement & Support of Education Circle of Excellence Awards. The CASE awards recognize educational institutions for outstanding work in advancement services, alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing. Winners of the Circle of Excellence Awards are chosen based on overall quality, innovation, use of resources and the impact the campaign or program had on the institution or in the community. This year, the Circle of Excellence Awards honored 307 winners from more than 3,200 submissions. UCI also won six CASE Awards of Excellence for District VII, a region including the western U.S., Guam and Hawaii. UCI’s Circle of Excellence Award-winning entries were:

  • The UCI Senior Experience: Engaging Future AlumniSilver Award in Alumni Relations/Programming for Special Constituencies
    The UCI Senior Experience program annually reaches more than 8,000 graduating students and brings them to the Newkirk Alumni Center. To date, it’s the campus’s largest student engagement effort. Activities include a senior send-off barbeque and a grad expo fair at which students can purchase commencement regalia.
  • “Making a Difference,” Bronze Award in Advertising/Campaigns
    UCI began its “Making a Difference” advertising campaign last fall. The series encompasses both print and digital media ads featuring UCI’s unique research projects that have appeared in the Orange County Business Journal and The Chronicle of Higher Education and on Inside Higher Ed.
  • Samueli School of Engineering 2013-14 Dean’s ReportBronze Award in Institutional Relations Publications/Presidents & Annual Reports (Print)
    The Henry Samueli School of Engineering 2013-14 Dean’s Report showcases the school’s yearly accomplishments through news and feature stories, statistics, photography and graphic artwork. Prior to the report, it had been a decade since the school produced a printed publication.