Harker has received a regional gold Award of Excellence for our 125th Anniversary microsite from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in the Individual Sub-Websites category. The field of competitors included colleges, universities and independent schools in Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, Northern Mariana Islands and Utah.
“Your excellent work stood out among the best,” stated the notification letter from CASE. “One of our objectives is to share best practices among our colleagues, and your efforts will be recognized as an example for others to emulate. Thank you for producing the kind of work that brings respect and best practices to our profession.”
The website, published in July 2018 to launch the Harker’s 125th anniversary celebration year, was two years in the making and features historical “then and now” photos, video clips, “125 fun facts about Harker” and a timeline of milestones. The site was created by Harker’s Office of Communication. The Harker 125th Anniversary commemorative website is here: https://www.harker.org/about/history
“This site was a labor of love for the department over a two-year period,” said Pam Dickinson, director of the Office of Communication. “We outlined what we felt would be interesting for our community and the public and then packaged the components in ways that were informative yet engaging. The goal was not only to educate, but to entertain, and now we have a comprehensive [website] capturing of our history that will be relevant for years to come.
“Nick Gassmann, our web designer, and Cathy Snider, our communication manager, were especially pivotal in the process, working with our photographer, Mark Kocina, and our multimedia specialist, Eric Marten, to find and curate our archival images. But our entire team had a hand in the site and we met almost weekly for two years to keep it on track and make it the best it could be. Sue Smith, head librarian, Terry Walsh, retired archivist, and Thomas Fowler, former web developer, also contributed. Kudos to this whole team for this well-deserved recognition,” Dickinson finished.
Silver medalists in our category were the University of California, Davis, and Fuller Theological Seminary; bronze winner was California State University, Fresno.
The full list of winners is here http://www.casevii.org/awards/awards_of_excellence.html. Harker received a gold award in last year’s contest for its athletics rebranding.
As a gold award winner, the entry will now be considered for a grand gold award, “given to the truly groundbreaking work in the category.” Those awards will be announced in February at the Awards of Excellence reception in Anaheim.