Dordt College News

Gold, bronze awards for Dordt College

January 28, 2008

Soccer Schedule

Dordt College received a gold and a bronze award at this year’s CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) District IV awards program, held at a convention in Denver, CO, in January.

The Circle of Excellence Award category in which Dordt College claimed a first place gold award was Excellence in Graphic Design: Publications Produced on a Budget. The graphic designer for the project was Jamin Ver Velde, a Dordt alumnus ( ’99) who has been the graphic arts designer at the college since 2004. Also assisting with the project was Michael Byker, sports information director at the college.

This year a visual update was given to wallet-size sports schedules distributed each sport season by Dordt College. Nondescript and diminutive text printed on cardstock was replaced by a version with the visual appeal of trading cards, featuring color photos of athletes on the front and schedules on the back.

By researching printing options, the updated version actually came in at less than half the price of the text version, only three cents each compared to the previous seven cent cost. Since the majority of printing costs relate to prepress work, Ver Velde took care of the initial design work, and then located an internet-based printer with a postcard option sized large enough to accommodate eight pocket-size schedules. Dordt’s Copy Center did postpress trimming, cutting each print into eight individual schedule cards representing football, soccer, and volleyball.

The third place bronze award for Excellence in Graphic Design was presented to the college for materials promoting the Prairie Grass Film Challenge, an annual competition for student film makers sponsored by Dordt’s digital media production company. Mark Volkers, digital media production instructor at Dordt College, worked together with the college Advancement Department and the Prairie Grass Film Challenge committee in creating a Prairie Grass logo, posters, promotional mailings, t-shirts, and other materials for the event.

CASE is the professional organization for advancement professionals who work in alumni relations, communications, and development, with membership including more than 3,200 educational institutions in 55 countries around the world. Annually, more than 600 institutions participate in the Circle of Excellence Awards Program, where categories include public and media relations, periodicals, publications, electronic media, design, and photography.

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