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Laurier publications, initiatives recognized with industry awards

Laurier print and online publications were recently named the winner of three Hermes Creative Awards, part of an international competition that recognizes communications excellence in traditional and digital platforms.

The Fall-Winter 2019 edition of Laurier Campus magazine, which celebrated the 20th anniversary of Laurier’s Brantford campus, was awarded a Gold Hermes Creative Award. The Spring online edition of Laurier Campus, which showcased the university’s COVID-19 response and David McMurray’s retirement from the position of Vice-President: Student Affairs, received a Platinum Hermes Creative Award.

“These editions of the magazine represent a great deal of collaborative work by a number of our colleagues in External Relations and Development and Alumni Relations,” said Carleen Carroll, assistant vice-president: External Relations. "We can all take pride in the bigger story behind the magazine, which is one of teamwork and collaboration."

In addition, Laurier's special web editorial Water received a Gold Hermes Creative Award. Water is a collaborative project that showcases a new, immersive digital format that invites readers to dive into specialized topics about water and climate change across six chapters.

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The Fall-Winter 2019 edition of Laurier Campus magazine was the winner of a Gold Hermes Creative Award.

Development and Alumni Relations initiatives also won three gold medallions at this year’s Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education Prix d’Excellence awards. Laurier's 15th Anniversary Criminology Dinner won for Best Alumni Event, Making Space for Music Giving Day won for Best Annual Giving Initiative and "Our Contest Doesn’t Suck, But Our Prize Does" – which offered a vacuum cleaner as a prize – won gold in the Best New Idea: Creativity on a Shoestring category.

The Prix d’Excellence program recognizes outstanding achievements in alumni affairs, public affairs, communications, marketing, development, advancement services, stewardship and overall institutional advancement.

To read more articles from the 2020 Fall-Winter print edition of Laurier Campus magazine and new alumni stories between print editions, visit