Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University Foundation’s 2009-2010 annual report, titled “Words to Live By,” has been selected for a Gold Award in the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District II Accolades Awards program.

“We are absolutely thrilled to receive this award by CASE District II in the annual or institutional report category,” said Dr. Ronald Area, CEO of the Marshall University Foundation Inc. “This is the first time the Marshall University Foundation has received a gold award in this category, and, in terms of universities of our size, to win the gold for this type of publication is a real accomplishment for our staff.”

“We are honored to receive this award,” said Kristi Arrowood, Director of Foundation Development and Strategic Programs. “There are some renowned institutions, some of which are recognized world-wide, in our district. To be selected as the best in our category is outstanding.”

The University of Guelph, located in Ontario, Canada, received the Silver Award, Buffalo State College received the Bronze Award, and Honorable Mention went to St. Joseph’s University. The awards will be presented during the district’s annual conference in New York City Jan. 22 to 24.

Among the other schools in District II are Boston College, West Virginia University, Rutgers, Temple, Harvard, Dartmouth, George Washington, Johns Hopkins and Pittsburgh.

Arrowood said the winning piece was a traditional report of the year’s activities, including student profiles, donor lists and financial information. They used a theme of four key inspirational, mission-defining words: respect, diversity, pride and integrity, all of which are engraved in the granite medallion in the rotunda of the Marshall University Foundation Hall, Home of the Erickson Alumni Center.

“We were able to tell stories of why our alums, our faculty and our friends have chosen to give back to Marshall University,” Arrowood said. “At the same time we featured students who represent those same characteristics, who also are living by those four words. Those words are what we at the foundation strive to live by daily.”

Todd Marcum, a Marshall alumnus who is a principal of the advertising agency Access in Roanoke, Va., developed the concept and text for the piece.

“Most of us expanded our understanding of the world and developed principles at Marshall that we take with us throughout life,” Marcum said. “‘Words to Live By’ seemed like a theme that allowed us to both showcase the beautiful Foundation Hall and talk about the values that make Marshall University great.”

According to the CASE website, the organization is “is a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas.”

“Words to Live By,” along with the 2010-2011 annual report, is available online at http://www.marshall.edu/foundation/annualReport.php.