The James Madison University Centennial Office has won the Grand Award for Special Events in the annual competition among colleges and universities in the southeastern United States .
JMU received the award from District III of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the national organization for college/university public relations, alumni and advancement professionals.
There are more than 4,000 members at colleges and universities in the nine-state area covered by CASE District III. There were more than 3,000 entries in this year's competition.
Runners-up to JMU in the Special Events category were projects at the University of Memphis, Virginia Commonwealth University, Kennesaw State University and the University of Central Florida . Those institutions all received Awards of Excellence in the Special Events category. Five other schools received Special Merit awards in the category.
The JMU Centennial Office won an Award of Excellence in the Total Institutional Relations category, along with VCU. The Grand Award was won by the University of Tennessee .
JMU's Centennial Office also received a Special Merit Award in the Overall Web Site Design and Implementation category.
The Centennial Office has won a number of other regional and national awards in the last three years. These include:
2006 MarCom Creative Awards
Gold Award, Overall Website
Gold Award, Feature Writing (story on first football team)
Honorable Mention, Website Home Page
2006 Hermes Creative Awards
Platinum Award, Overall Website
Gold Award, Website Home Page
2006 The Communicator-Print Media Awards
Award of Distinction, Overall Website
Award of Distinction, Feature Writing (story on first football team)