What do the University of Virginia, Duke University and Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) have in common? An award-winning website.
EMU’s newly designed website was named a winner in two categories in the 2011-12 Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III awards, announced Feb. 18-19. District III is comprised of nine states and more than 4,000 members.
EMU’s website received an “Award of Excellence” in overall website design and implementation while the home page received a “Special Merit Award,” in World Wide Web home page design and implementation.
“Over the years, EMU’s website had evolved, as is often the case, into something of an organizational chart,” says Andrea Schrock Wenger, director of marketing and communications at EMU. “This redesign was a total overhaul from the standpoint of the end user. Undergraduate recruitment is particularly driven by the web these days, and this design speaks to our target audience in fresh ways.”
The website redesign represents collaborative work of Marcy Gineris, web content manager and strategist; Jon Styer, media specialist and graphic designer; Danny Yoder, web designer and social media coordinator; and EMU Information Systems staff. Gravity Group, a local brand and marketing consultant, advised the process.
Other schools to receive awards in overall website design include Virginia Commonwealth University and Duke, while Virginia Alumni Association, Virginia Tech and the University of Richmond received accolades in home page design.
Awards are presented on an annual basis, recognizing advancements that contribute to growth and understanding in education.
CASE is the top international organization for communications professionals working in education.