Hobart and William Smith recently earned two national honors from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Circle of Excellence awards program. In the targeted fundraising category, the Colleges’ Wheeler Society 25th Anniversary campaign won CASE Gold and Chief Photographer Kevin Colton was named as one of only seven finalists in the country across all of higher education in the “Excellence in Photography” platinum category.
The CASE Circle of Excellence Awards Program recognizes institutions and professionals in higher education for exceptional work across specialties ranging from fundraising and alumni relations to photography and websites.
Established in 1989, the Wheeler Society recognizes those who have created a planned gift in support of HWS. Planned gifts of all levels have resulted in more than $125 million of support for HWS to date. In celebration of the Wheeler Society’s 25th anniversary, the Colleges created and executed a multiyear planned giving “membership’ campaign to increase the number of planned giving donors and enhance awareness. The campaign resulted in $18 million in new commitments from 165 new donors. The campaign had previously won Bronze in the CASE District II 2014 Accolades Awards Program.
Colton advanced to the Circle of Excellence contest after winning a Gold award for his portfolio, “A Selection of Photographs,” in the CASE District II 2016 Accolades Awards Program in December 2015. The portfolio includes 10 photographs that illustrate how the Colleges use photography to celebrate points of distinction and to align with the HWS mission.
The Colleges have earned a number of accolades from CASE. Videographer Andrew Markham ’10 won a Silver award in the “Video Features Student Recruitment” category in the CASE District II 2016 Accolades Awards Program, with his video titled “HWS: Preparing Students for Lives of Consequence.” The Colleges’ annual social media event, #HWSday, received an honorable mention in the 2014 Accolades Program. The Colleges also received one Gold award, three Silver awards and one Bronze award in the 2013 competition.
The photo above features one of Chief Photographer Kevin Colton’s award-winning shots taken of the Faculty Dance Concert in 2015.