Awards

Types of Awards


Maroon and Gold Awards are presented annually to UMCF members whose work exemplifies the University’s core values: excellence, innovation, effectiveness, integrity, diversity, collaboration, sharing of knowledge, accountability, stewardship, and service.

The MIKE Award is presented annually to one winner chosen by popular online vote from UMCF members. The traveling trophy is engraved and presented for display in the winning department’s offices for one year.

The MARGO Award, short for maroon and gold, is presented to the entry that presents the single most elegant solution within the means available (the most bang for your buck). The award is presented annually.

The UBRAND award is given annually for the best example of U of M branding efforts.

2021-22 Awards


Due to COVID, the 2021 and 2022 Awards Ceremony was combined and took place at the 2022 UMCF Annual Conference.

View all 2021-22 Maroon and Gold Award Winners

2022 Gold Awards

"Do Something" feature story on Tom Burnett, Jr. – Writing
Wade Rupard, Steve Henneberry, Jeff Thompson

Driven Campaign Close Report – Design
Wendy Manke, Steve Anderson, Amy Sitze

12 Days of Finals playlist – Interactive
Julie Longo, Monica Wittstock

UMR Career Pathways campaign – Campaign or Series
Molly Olson, Vanessa Carroll, Elise Diesslin

2022 MARGO Award

"Do Something" feature story on Tom Burnett, Jr.
Wade Rupard, Steve Henneberry, Jeff Thompson

2022 UBRAND Award

Minnesota Law 2021-22 Viewbook
Julie Longo, Monica Wittstock

2022 MIKE Award

Take a 1-minute tour of the #UMN Libraries
Lacie McMillan, Kat Nelsen, Kate Peterson, Karen Carmody-McIntosh, Mark Engebretson

2021 Gold Awards

Better Beginnings – Writing
Kim Kiser, Laura Silver, Pamela Belding, Kathryn Forss, Sara Rubinstein

Dirty Laundry Event Identity – Design
Calee Cecconi, Murphy Cauble

Jingle Dress Dancers in the Modern World: Ojibwe People and Pandemics – Interactive
David Ullman

Where It Starts – Campaign or Series
Ann Aronson, Nancy Bertino, Megan Finch, Sara Froehlich, Katie Gallagher, Laura Johnson, Bill Magdalene, Lisa Marshall, Anise Mazone, Frank Nelson, Adam Overland, Gbemi Oyetunde, Jacob Spaulding, Shari White, Amelious Whyte

Past Awards

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2017 Awards

MARGO Award


We All Belong Here. - Campaign/series, Promotional
University Relations
Ann Freeman, Kathryn Rumpza, Adam Overland, Katie Gallagher.
Various Members Of The Campus Climate Engagement Team And The Bias Response And Referral Network

U BRAND Award


CBS Viewbook - Design, Multi-page
College Of Biological Sciences Communications And Marketing Team
Stephanie Xenos, Katie Hoffman, Lance Janssen, Sarah Karnas

MIKE Award


Zuzia’s New Skin – Interactive, Video (Short)
University Of Minnesota Foundation, Marketing And Communications
Ann Meyer, Karl Rashke, Nicole Endres

Gold Awards


Homecoming 2016 - Campaign/series, Promotional
Student Unions & Activities
Jody Mahaffey, Brittany Ottum, Claire Koory, Nathan Waldvogel, Ellie Moonen, Katie Lucente, Bryce Thompson

Carlson School Of Management Centennial Scholars Brochure And
Actuarial Table
- Design, Multi-page Print
University Of Minnesota Foundation, Marketing And Communications
Travis Smith, Chris Mayr, Martha Douglas, Mary Winstead, Pamela Belding, Matt Woebke, William Clark

Shattering Expectations Video - Interactive, Video (Short)
College Of Liberal Arts Office Of Institutional Advancement 
Scott Meyer, Kaylee Highstrom, Tessa Eagan, Kelly O'Brien, Erica Giorgi, Amelious Whyte, Megan Mehl, Colleen Ware, Katy Olson, Simon Whitney

Case For The Liberal Arts Brochure - Writing, Promotional/marketing
College Of Liberal Arts Office Of Institutional Advancement
Tessa Eagan, Scott Meyer, Kaylee Highstrom

Maroon Awards


U Of M's Give To The Max Day 2016 Campaign - Campaign/series, Innovator
University Of Minnesota Foundation
Robyn White, Jennifer Eggers, Steve Anderson, Chris Mahan, Karina Carlson, Alan Wojciechowski, Ann Meyer, Karl Raschke, Elverse Jordan, Pamela Belding, Shawn Sullivan, Dan Markworth, Brian Johnson, Georgia Brandau, Lori Halverson, Magda Bilska, Mike Linnemann, Sara Emmenecker, Timothy Montgomery, Kristin Scott, Abbie Nuthals, Jenna Allerson, Morgan Reilly, Ashley Cook, Chelsey Odegaard, Carolyn Bernhardt, Karen Smith, Susan Hagen

Discovery Showcase: Experience The Future Of Medicine - Campaign/series, Promotional
University Of Minnesota Foundation, Marketing And Communications
Pam Belding, Carmela Kranz, Meredith Mcnab, Chelsey Odegaard, Katie Mae Pritchard

More Than A Century Of Making People's Lives Better - Campaign/series, Promotional
Department Of Surgery
David Korostyshevsky, Mary Knatterud, Julie Peterson, Amanda Brower, Gerald G. Vincent, Brian Carnell, Lisa Anderson, Gary Stoll

Room Sign-up - Campaign/series, Promotional
Housing & Residential Life
Tiffany Clemens, Jacob Schwarzinger, Tessa Portuese, Lauren Adamski

Room Sign-up Table Tent - Design, Display
Housing & Residential Life
Tiffany Clemens, Jacob Schwarzinger, Tessa Portuese, Paige Harker

CBS Viewbook - Design, Multi-page Print
College Of Biological Sciences Communications And Marketing Team
Stephanie Xenos, Katie Hoffman, Lance Janssen, Sarah Karnas

University Of Minnesota Law School, 2016 Viewbook - Design, Multi-page Print
Law School Admissions
Kate Snowdon, Robin Ingli,cynthia Huff, Luke Johnson, Kathy Graves; Printing Services
Julie Longo, Lisa Anderson, Jann Jarvis

Case For The Liberal Arts Poster - Design, Poster/single sheet
College Of Liberal Arts Office Of Institutional Advancement
Tessa Eagan, Scott Meyer, Kaylee Highstrom, Keiko Takahashi

Pocket Transportation Guide & Campus Map - Design, Poster/single Sheet
Parking & Transportation Services
Jacqueline Brudlos, Sysouk Khambounmy

CEHD Connect - Design, Regular Publication
College Of Education And Human Development
Gayla Marty, Nance Longley, Ellen Fee, Olivia Novotny, Steve Baker, Susan Andre, Serena Wright, Lynn Slifer, Lori Endsley, Bolger Printing

Our Impact Illustrations - Design, Series
Academic Health Center Office Of Communications
Brenda Tran, Rebecca Noran, Jamie Briquelet, Patrick Dousa, Brent Engebretson, Sara Froehlich, Janelle Nivens

Room Sign-up Poster Series - Design, Series
Housing & Residential Life
Tiffany Clemens, Jacob Schwarzinger, Tessa Portuese, Paige Harker

Big 10 Admissions Conference - Design, Web Page
Printing Services
Lisa Anderson, Melissa Martinson, Kelsey Quiring, Sysouk Khambounmy

Apparel Design Fashion Show Website - Design, Web Section
College Of Design Advancement Office
Theresa Tichich, Calee Cecconi

Housing & Residential Life Website Redesign - Design, Website
Housing & Residential Life
Tiffany Clemens, Jacob Schwarzinger, Paige Harker, Tessa Portuese, Chris Meyer, Jill Froehlich, Kristie Feist, Erling Kurtti

Legacy Magazine Website - Design, Website
University Of Minnesota Foundation, Marketing And Communications
Amy Sitze and Pamela Belding

Frenemy Friday At The Minnesota State Fair - Interactive, Social Media
University Relations
Susan Garcia Hagen, Kathy Rumpza, Paul Pecilunas, Eden Palmer, Joe Mcnairy

Cutting Edge: The Department Of Surgery - Interactive, Video (Long)
Creative Agency
Brian Carnell, David Korostyshevsky

Together, We'll Change The World - Interactive, Video (Long)
University Relations
Adam Overland, Paul Pecilunas, Susan Hagen, Katie Gallagher, Joe Mcnairy

Give To The Max Day Website - Interactive, Website
University Of Minnesota Foundation, Marketing And Communications
Steve Anderson, Robyn White, Karina Carlson, Karl Raschke, Shawn Sullivan, Alan Wojciechowski, Elverse Jordan, And Chris Mahan

Housing & Residential Life Website Redesign - Interactive, Website
Housing & Residential Life
Tiffany Clemens, Jacob Schwarzinger, Paige Harker, Tessa Portuese, Chris Meyer, Jill Froehlich, Kristie Feist, Erling Kurtti

It All Adds Up: Communicating The University Of Minnesota's Sustainability Goals - Interactive, Website
Sustainability Office, Facilities Management
Annemarie Pottorff, Samantha Matuke, Bailey Perry, Raisa Elhadi, Shane Stennes, Stacey White, Lisa Anderson, Chaitanya Gutta, Greg Irsfeld

Taking Charge Of Your Health & Wellbeing Website - Interactive, Website
Center For Spirituality & Healing
Louise Delagran, Andrea Uptmor, Kit Breshears, Erika Stenrick

Pocket Transportation Guide & Campus Map - Writing, Informational
Parking & Transportation Services
Jacqueline Brudlos, Sysouk Khambounmy

Goldy Ipsum - Writing, Innovator
Printing Services
Lisa Anderson

A Healing Journey: Michael Bischoff's Story - Writing, Long Feature
Center For Spirituality & Healing
Andrea Uptmor, Kit Breshears

Do Something - Writing, Long Feature
University Of Minnesota Foundation, Marketing And Communications
Amy Sitze, Pam Belding, Karl Raschke

Falling Behind: Understanding The Educational Disparities Faced By Immigrant Latino Students In The U.S. - Writing, Long Feature
U of M Extension
Silvia Alvarez De Davila, Cari Michaels, Monica Hurtado, Mitch Roldan, Isabel Duran-graybow, Jennifer Skuzka, Mary Vitcenda, Jessica Barnes, Hannah Jastram Aaberg

Family Friendly - Writing, Long Feature
University Of Minnesota Foundation, Marketing And Communications
Amy Sitze, Pam Belding, Kim Kiser

How To Save A Life - Writing, Long Feature
University Of Minnesota Foundation, Marketing And Communications
Amy Sitze, Pam Belding, Nicole Endres, Lesley Schack

Room Sign-up Email - Writing, Message
Housing & Residential Life
Tiffany Clemens, Jacob Schwarzinger, Paige Harker

Biobrief Newsletter, Issue 12 - Writing, Newsletter
Department Of Bioproducts And Biosystems Engineering
Erin Omberg, Emma Volbrecht, Debbie Kuehn, Becky Beyers, Jessica Woollard

News Release: Mind Control Over A Robotic Arm - Writing, Press/news Release
College Of Science And Engineering
Rhonda Zurn, Bin He

Lifting Students Up - Writing, Short Feature
College Of Education And Human Development
Sarah Jergenson, Gayla Marty, Susan Andre

2018 Awards

MARGO Award


UMD Homecoming Video – Interactive, Video (short) category
UMD University Marketing and Public Relations
David Cowardin and Lynne Williams

Complete listing of the 2018 Award Winners

UBRAND Award


Driven: The University of Minnesota Campaign – Campaign/Series, Promotional category
University of Minnesota Foundation Creative Resources
Steve Anderson, Pamela Belding, Amy Sitze, Mary Winstead, Shawn Sullivan, Chris Mahan, Alan Wojciechowski, and Robyn White

MIKE Award


CLA Corporate & Community Partnership Folder – Design, Innovator category
College of Liberal Arts Office of Institutional Advancement
Kaylee Highstrom, Tessa Eagan, Erica Giorgi, Amelious Whyte, Judith Anderson, Beth Lory, and Joslyn Biever

GOLD Awards


Bio-Medical Library Mural – Design, Display
University of Minnesota Libraries
Emily Beck, Lois Hendrickson, Christopher Herzberg, Darren Terpstra

Cory Dixon Video Feature – Interactive, Video (long)
UMD University Marketing and Public Relations
David Cowardin, Kyle Marxhausen, Lori Melton

Narrating a Transition – Writing, Long Feature 
University of Minnesota Libraries
Karen Carmody-McIntosh, Mark Engebretson, Mariana Pelaez

Spring Jam 2017 – Campaign/Series, Promotional
Student Unions & Activities
Student Unions & Activities Marketing Team 

2019 Awards

 Complete listing of the 2019 Award Winners

2019 MIKE Award

2019 MARGO Award

2019 UBRAND Award