The ASU Alumni Association recently received seven awards in the 27th annual Awards for Publication Excellence (APEX) competition. APEX is an international competition that recognizes outstanding publications ranging from newsletters and magazines to annual reports, brochures and Web sites. This is the sixth year in a row the Alumni Association has received awards in the APEX competition.
ASU Magazine, the quarterly magazine of Arizona State University, was the focus of the two Grand Awards that Alumni Association staff received this year. Liz Massey, managing editor for the magazine, was honored along with editor-in-chief Tracy Scott and art director Robert Cao-Ba with a Grand Award for writing and design excellence for the March 2014 issue. Cao-Ba was honored with an additional Grand Award in design and illustration for his layout for the September 2014 story “Words of Wisdom,” which focused on ASU's attempts to increase literacy in the surrounding community.
The Alumni Association also received five Awards of Excellence. Massey was honored with an Award of Excellence for Best Series of Blog Posts for her “My Cool Career/Job” series, which recapped audio podcasts or featured original interviews with Sun Devil alumni who have intriguing careers. She was also the editor for two magazine features that won awards: “Biodesigning the Future” (Sept. 2014, written by Christopher Vaughan), which won in the Health and Medical Writing category, and “Transformative Learning” (Dec. 2014, written by Sarah Auffret), which picked up an award in the Writing Interviews and Personal Profiles category.
Cao-Ba, along with his design assistants Brandice Quick and Cassandra Harris, won an Award of Excellence in design and layout for “Building Intelligent Cities,” a feature in the December 2014 issue, as well as one for a two-page ad for the Alumni Association's ASU Travel & Tours program in the December 2014 issue of ASU Magazine.