Divinity School Receives CASE Awards

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Duke Divinity School has received awards for magazine feature writing, website redesign, and the Clergy Health Initiative’s Spirited Life program from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

The awards presented in this year’s CASE Southeast District III competition were for communications efforts by the Divinity School Office of Communications. CASE is the leading international organization for communications professionals working in education. District III is comprised of nine states and has more than 4,000 members.

A Grand Award of Excellence in Feature Writing went to Sherry Williamson’s entry “As We Forgive” published in the winter 2010 issue of Divinity, the school’s alumni magazine. The article was about Ugandan human rights activist Angelina Atyam, whose 14-year-old daughter was abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army in 1996. During the seven years before her daughter escaped, Atyam co-founded the Ugandan Concerned Parents Association, a group that advocated for the release of all children abducted during the conflict. Atyam was awarded the United Nations Human Rights Prize in 1998.

Atyam traveled from Uganda to Duke in fall 2009 for “Creating an Oasis of Peace,” a workshop on forgiveness, advocacy, and community sponsored by the school’s Center for Reconciliation.The feature article, which earlier received an Award of Excellence from CASE and advanced to competition for a Grand Award in Feature Writing, was edited by Elisabeth Stagg, designed by Regina Barnhill-Bordo of B|Design, and photographed by Donn Young of Donn Young Photography.

The entry by Michelle Rudolph and Jonathan Goldstein for the Divinity School’s new website, which launched in July 2010, received a Special Merit Award. Rudolph, the school’s web technology coordinator, and Goldstein, then associate dean for communications, collaborated with Duke Web Services to create the site. The redesign involved input from all areas of the Divinity School over the course of more than a year. Goldstein is currently executive director of communications for the university’s Office of Alumni Affairs.

A Special Merit Award went to Kate Rugani’s marketing and recruitment materials for Spirited Life, a multi-year holistic health program offered by the Duke Clergy Health Initiative and funded by The Duke Endowment for United Methodist clergy in North Carolina. Approximately two-thirds of the 1,800 eligible clergy are now enrolled in the program, which offers each participant wellness services over two years. Photography for the campaign was by Donn Young; Laura Hughes of Laura Hughes Design was the designer.

There were more than 950 entries in 16 categories in this year’s competition. Awards were presented at the CASE Southeast District III annual conference, Feb. 20–23, in New Orleans, La.