ASU Alumni Association brings home 7 awards for writing, design

June 19, 2014

The ASU Alumni Association recently received four awards in the 26th annual Awards for Publication Excellence (APEX) competition, as well as three awards from the American Inhouse Design Awards.

APEX is an international competition that recognizes outstanding publications from newsletters and magazines to annual reports, brochures and websites. This is the fifth year in a row the Alumni Association has received awards in the APEX competition. ASU Magazine September 2013 issue Download Full Image

The association received an APEX Award of Excellence for the ASU Magazine layout of “Listening to Mother Nature,” an article on ASU’s research into and utilization of the concept of biomimicry. The layout was produced by a graphic design team including Robert Cao-Ba, art director; Kelly Christiansen, graphic design specialist; and Alexis Peschke, graphic design assistant.

Liz Massey, managing editor for the Alumni Association, was honored along with Matt Hodson, digital media manager, with a Grand Award for their work on ASU Magazine’s online blog. A series of articles that Massey edited for ASU Magazine related to health research and partnerships at ASU – all written by freelance writer Christopher Vaughan – received an Award of Excellence in the Writing Series category.

Massey, Cao-ba and Tracy Scott, ASU Magazine editor-in-chief, received an Award of Excellence for ASU Magazine’s September 2013 issue in the general excellence category for a magazine with more than 32 pages.

Cao-ba’s design team also received three awards from American Inhouse Design Awards from Graphic Design USA, a contest that recognizes organizations and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding work in the field of graphic design across all types of media, including print, collateral, advertising, sales, promotions, logos, Internet and packaging.

The designers were honored for the layout of a March 2013 ASU Magazine story about national security research (“Safe and Sound”), a September 2013 story about flexible display technology (“The Future is Flexible”) and a December 2013 story about ASU’s carbon-neutrality plan (“Getting to Zero”). This was the eighth year in a row that the design team has received recognition from the American Inhouse Design Awards.

ASU Alumni Association adds 3 new groups to chapter network

June 19, 2014

Arizona State University Alumni Association recently added three new groups to its chapter network, bringing the total number of groups operated by the association and its alumni volunteers to 116.

The Alumni Association board approved the formation of a chapter in New Orleans, as well as an international connection group in Malaysia. It also approved the chartering of a special-interest group for alumni affiliated with the Doran Scholarship. These three groups will join a network that now includes 41 geographically-based groups within the United States, 23 academic affiliates focused on graduates of specific degree programs at the university, 14 special interest chapters or clubs representing alums of registered student organizations and 38 international connection groups representing Sun Devil alums worldwide. Download Full Image

Christine K. Wilkinson, president of the Alumni Association, said that the expansion of the chapter network greatly facilitated the association’s engagement efforts.

“ASU alumni are moving to various places around the world, and many of them want to continue celebrating their Sun Devil spirit and giving back to the university through volunteerism,” she said. “We’re pleased to support their efforts to stay connected with ASU and spread its message globally.”

The primary goal of chapters is to keep alumni connected to ASU, whether it be through their academic program, their current geographic location or the registered student organizations or university-sponsored student groups in which they participated. Chapters sponsor a range of activities for their members, including networking events, Sun Devil game-watching celebrations, outdoor recreational activities and service-oriented volunteer projects. Many chapters give back to the next generation of ASU students by providing mentoring services, by hosting Sun Devil Send-Offs for incoming ASU students or by awarding scholarships.

To learn more about the association’s chapter network, including how to organize a new group, visit