Maroon & Gold Awards are presented annually to University of Minnesota Communicators Forum (UMCF) members whose work best embodies the University's core values: excellence, innovation, integrity, diversity, academic freedom, collaboration, sharing of knowledge, accountability, stewardship, and service.
The awards highlight the significant role of communications in shaping the relationship between the University and its constituents: students and their parents; staff and faculty; colleagues in higher education; leaders of business, industry, and civic life; legislators and the general public. Projects must successfully demonstrate timely, targeted, credible messages combined with the most compelling concept, format, design, and materials.
By promoting high standards, the awards program encourages the interpretive, analytical, integrative, and creative skills necessary to the communicator's task. In their organizations, communicators must be both authoritative and collaborative, as necessary. They are thinkers and doers whose work collectively supports the University's primary mission.