Promoting Excellence in Communications

Maroon & Gold Awards are presented annually to University of Minnesota Communicators Forum members whose work exemplifies the University’s core values: excellence, innovation, effectiveness, integrity, diversity, collaboration, sharing of knowledge, accountability, stewardship, and service.

The awards highlight the significant role that communicators play in shaping the relationship between the University and its constituents: students and their parents; staff and faculty; alumni and donors; colleagues in higher education; leaders of business, industry, and civic life; legislators; and the general public. Projects must successfully demonstrate timely, targeted, credible and effective messages combined with the most compelling concept, format, design, and materials.

By promoting high standards, the awards program encourages the interpretive, analytical, integrative, and creative skills necessary to the communicator’s task. In their organizations, communicators must be both authoritative and collaborative, as necessary. They are thinkers and doers whose work collectively supports the University’s mission.

2018 Maroon & Gold Awards

The submission period to enter the University of Minnesota 2018 Maroon & Gold Awards for Communications Excellence is from Monday, February 5 to Friday, February 23, 2018. There is no cost to enter. Winners will be announced at the 28th Annual UMCF Conference in June.

Enter your work for consideration via our online submission system. Additional instructions along with details on the different categories are provided in the entry form.

Awards Categories

In addition to Maroon & Gold awards, there are a few additional recognition opportunities like the Mike Award which is a “people’s choice” award chosen by members through online voting.

2017 Mike Award Winner:

Short Video: “Zuzia’s New Skin”
From the University of Minnesota Foundation Marketing and Communications team

2017 Award Winners

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