CWRU’s annual report wins top honors in international competition

Case Western Reserve’s 2016 annual report told the university’s story from the perspectives of others—journalists, videographers, people posting on social media, and more.

Now that report itself is making news.

It is one of just 16 entries—among more than 3,364 submitted—to receive a Grand Gold award in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s 2017 Circle of Excellence competition. The annual report won the Presidents Reports and Annual Reports category.

The judges wrote that “As Mentioned set the bar for both the digital and print categories. The design was fresh, the concept was imaginative—like nothing we had ever seen before.”

Judges for the Circle of Excellence competition have the option to award gold, silver and bronze honors for each category, but also may choose to give none. And in those instances in which judges consider an entry “exceptional,” they have the option to recognize it with the Grand Gold distinction. Other Grand Gold recipients this year include Columbia University (for illustrations), Harvard University (fundraising video) and the University of Washington (writing for the web).

The online version of As Mentioned ( also received a bronze award in the individual Sub-Websites category.

“This concept worked so well because the people of Case Western Reserve consistently draw widespread attention for their extraordinary efforts and achievements,” said Chris Sheridan, vice president for marketing and communications and senior advisor to the president. “I commend the team behind As Mentioned for its creativity, and thank every member of the campus community for the work they do that inspires us all.”

Emily Mayock led the team that produced As Mentioned, which included Jessica Becker, Zach Burklund, James Corrigan, Mary Gerity, Bill Lubinger, Daniel Robison, Emma Tomczak and Anand Upadhyay. In addition, Jody Bonhard of the Center for International Affairs contributed to the web version of the report by providing videos students made chronicling study abroad experiences.

To view the online version of the annual report, visit The print version can be downloaded online (PDF).

For a full list of winners across all categories, visit the CASE Circle of Excellence website.