University of Minnesota Communicators Forum Maroon and Gold Awards

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Maroon and 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

Any work created and used by the University of Minnesota between January 1, 2023 and December 31, 2023 is eligible.

Submissions close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2024.

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

Printed forms and paper submissions will not be accepted this year. However, if you feel that a hard copy of your submission will be more compelling to judges, please film a short video of you sharing your hard copy, and send it to the Awards Committee at

All components of your submission(s) must be completed by 11:59 p.m. CST on Friday, March 1, 2024. This firm 11:59 p.m. CST deadline across all submissions is non-negotiable in order to be fair to all parties entering work.

University of Minnesota Communicators Forum Maroon and Gold Awards