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Awards Spotlight

The Office of Communications and Public Affairs has a long history of having exemplary work acknowledged by local, regional and national organizations. The awards, which highlight projects in categories such as videography and graphic design, are from organizations like the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the American Advertising Federation and the Printing Industry of the Carolinas Inc.

Award-Winning Projects


  • #IPledgeColumbia campaign

    CASE III Gold Award
    Category: Specialty Pieces

    Protecting the health of our faculty, staff and student body while reopening the Columbia campus during the coronavirus pandemic was of paramount importance to us. To support a successful reopening, our communications team partnered with student government to launch a student-led public health campaign, which we dubbed #IPledgeColumbia. The campaign was warmly embraced throughout the Midlands. Thousands of students have taken the pledge, and our messaging is visible across greater Columbia via posters, sidewalk decals, mirror decals, napkin holders and even custom-labeled hand-sanitizer bottles. More importantly, the university reopened for in-person classes in August 2020 and remains open today.

  • #IPledgeColumbia campaign mirror decal


  • Breakthrough Stars awards book

    ADDY Gold Award

    Category: Collateral Material, Publication Design

    The Office of the Vice President for Research and the Center for Teaching Excellence recognize outstanding faculty members in the area of research. The publication profiles those faculty members. Each year, about a dozen junior faculty members are selected as Breakthrough Stars. To be considered, candidates must be tenured or tenure-track assistant or associate professors, relatively early career, and demonstrate considerable contributions to their fields in terms of research and scholarly activity. This award is open to junior faculty working in all disciplines, from any campus. Outstanding veteran faculty members who are mentors are also recognized, as are exemplary graduate students.

  • Breakthrough Stars awards book 2022 front cover

Other Winning Projects

  • For South Carolina: A Path to Excellence, IABC/SC Award of Excellence
  • COVID-19 website, IABC/SC Award of Excellence
  • VESper media relations, IABC/SC Award of Excellence
  • Gary Lee Watson Comic Book Collection special and experiential event, IABC/SC Award of Excellence
  • South Carolina Honors College overview video, IABC/SC Award of Excellence
  • Remembering the Days podcast, IABC/SC Award of Excellence
  • Admissions viewbook, IABC/SC Award of Excellence
  • #IPledgeColumbia campaign, IABC/SC Award of Merit
  • 200 Years of Frankenstein Video, CASE III Silver Award
  • Moore Magazine, CASE III Silver Award
  • University of South Carolina Gary Lee Watson Comic Book Collection, PRSA Award of Excellence
  • #IPledgeColumbia campaign, PRSA Silver Wing, Award of Merit for Creative Tactics
  • South Carolina Honors College Video, PRSA Award of Merit
  • Pastides Socks — Give 4 Garnet Event Event Apparel, ADDY Silver Award
  • University of South Carolina Gary Lee Watson Comic Book Collection, ADDY Silver Award
  • ROTC Awards Ceremony Save the Date, PICA Awards Best of Category for Digital Printing: Special Effects

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