2018 Communicators Forum Maroon and Gold Awards

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


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

The awards highlight the significant role that communicators play in shaping the relationship between the University and its constituents: students and their parents; staff and faculty; alumni and donors; colleagues in higher education; leaders of business, industry, and civic life; legislators; and the general public. Projects must successfully demonstrate timely, targeted, credible and effective 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.

For more information on the Communicators Forum Awards, please go to http://umcf.umn.edu/awards

Any work created and used by the University of Minnesota between February 1, 2017 and January 31, 2018 is eligible.

Submissions close at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018.

If you would like to submit your piece for the U Brand, Margo, or Mike Awards, you can do so within the general category form. To submit multiple pieces for the special awards, you will need to fill out multiple forms.

Directions for printing a copy of your entry form can be found in your confirmation e-mail. To print a copy of your entry form if you have lost your confirmation e-mail, click on "Dashboard" at the top right corner of the screen, after submitting your application, and click on "My Submissions." Then go to "View" on the submission you would like to print out, click on the "Summary" tab, and hit "Print."

Hard copy submissions should be delivered to:
Holly Klinger
190 Coffey Hall
1420 Eckles Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108
Campus Mail Code: 6074

Deadline Clarification: All components of your submission(s) must be completed by 3:00 pm CST on Friday, March 2, 2018. This includes online and/or delivery to the committee member collecting hard copies (see above address). Plan ahead to achieve this ahead of time. As of 3:01 pm submissions will not be accepted in any form. If you are not confident that your mode of delivery (e.g. USPS, courier, campus mail) will achieve the 3:00 pm CST deadline, consider an alternative. This firm 3:00 pm CST deadline across all submissions is non-negotiable in order to be fair to all parties entering work.