Projects Honored for Communicating UC Davis’ Impact

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Some of the projects that earned awards from Council for Advancement and Support of Education, or CASE.

Dozens of communication, marketing and development projects from various UC Davis offices have earned recognition from two organizations.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education, or CASE, recently named 27 UC Davis projects to its “Best of District VII Awards,” covering universities in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah.

Those projects included the creation of a Discord channel for newly admitted students, an article about prosthetics research, a Spanish-language television ad, thank-you videos to donors, a holiday video and more.

“It’s wonderful to see UC Davis’ creative work recognized by our peers in the region and across the country,” said Dana Topousis, chief marketing and communications officer. “These projects reflect how dedicated our teams are in telling the best stories about our students, faculty and staff.”

Shaun B. Keister, vice chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations, said the awards highlight the efforts of people across campus.

“At UC Davis, strategic outreach and engagement helps us communicate the impact of all the university does to benefit the world,” he said. “Recognition from CASE is a true honor, underscoring that our excellent teams are advancing our mission with best-in-class products and programs.”

Separately, 16 projects earned Education Digital Marketing Awards, including three golds: the university’s 2022 annual report, a guide to creating accessible social media posts and the Dateline UC Davis newsletter.

“Colleges, universities, and secondary schools from across the country submitted entries, and a panel of judges, consisting of education marketers, advertising creative directors, marketing and advertising professionals, evaluated the submissions,” the Georgia-based award administrators of the awards said in a news release. “Education marketing professionals faced significant challenges in conveying valuable and relevant information through various digital channels, including websites, digital content, electronic communications, mobile media and social media.”

Universities submitted more than 1,000 entries for the competition, the news release said.

The full list of winners:

CASE Best of District VII Awards

Education Digital Marketing Awards



  • Admissions Univision Video, in the category diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Chancellor May’s Compliment Corner, in the category digital special video (over 2 minutes)
  • Climate Microsite, in the category microsite
  • 5 Ceremonies and 7,000 Hands Shook: Chancellor May’s Commencement Recap, in the category social media content (single)
  • #UCDavisThings for Students by Students, in the category TikTok



  • Mental Health Awareness, in the category digital special video (over 2 minutes)
  • Chancellor May’s Comment Vent, in the category digital special video (over 2 minutes)
  • Food Microsite, in the category microsite
  • Uniquely UCD - Highlighting unique classes, in the category social media content (campaign)
  • Breaking Down Sustainable Boba Breakthrough, in the category social media content (single)

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Cody Kitaura is the editor of Dateline UC Davis and can be reached by email or at 530-752-1932.

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