Winners in the 2022 Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) Prix d’Excellence competition were announced June 1-2, and the fall 2021 edition of Acadia’s digital alumni magazine, the Bulletin, captured bronze in the highly competitive ‘Best Publication (print or online)’ category.
There was a total of 20 entries vying for top honours, with University of Toronto and University of Manitoba nabbing gold and silver respectively. The Bulletin transitioned to a digital platform in the spring of 2021 and the fall edition was only the second iteration of the new digital magazine. It featured a theme that highlighted Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility (EDIA), with particular attention being paid to Truth and Reconciliation, Black Lives Matter, disability/accessibility, the importance of Acadia’s international students, and support for the 2SLGBTQ+ community on campus.
Judges’ comments on the magazine’s content and presentation were enthusiastic, with one judge noting, “the publication was very topical and focused on thought leadership in addition to including the standard sections/items that you would typically find in an alumni publication. It met the category requirements very well.”
Another said, “the digital format is easy to maneuver and use, and the visuals are eye-catching. It looked very professional and included interactivity for the reader that elevated the publication.”
“CCAE’s Prix d’Excellence competition is the pinnacle of industry achievement in university Advancement and we are thrilled to receive a bronze medal for our alumni magazine,” says Acadia’s Vice-President, Advancement (Interim) Nancy Handrigan (’92, left). “The transition to a digital product in 2021 allowed us to offer our alumni a more interactive and immersive experience predicated on exceptional storytelling, outstanding visuals and a versatility that ensured greater audience engagement. The fall edition also had the courage to address important topics and issues related to EDIA, showcasing first voice and valuable experience. I’m so proud of our team, and would like to thank the Acadia Alumni Association for its support, the judges for their insight, and CCAE for this incredible honour.”
The CCAE’s Prix d’Excellence competition recognizes outstanding achievements in alumni affairs, public affairs, communications, marketing, development, advancement services, stewardship and overall institutional advancement.
To experience the bronze medal-winning edition of the Bulletin, please click HERE.
For a full list of the 2022 CCAE Prix d’Excellence winners, click HERE.