McKendree Earns Two National Higher Education Advertising Awards

(LEBANON, Ill., February 23, 2017) — An end-of-year fundraising appeal and a student-athlete recruitment video have earned Gold Awards for McKendree University in the nation’s largest educational marketing and advertising competition. A national panel of industry specialists judged entries in the 32nd Annual Educational Advertising Awards on their exceptional quality, creativity, marketing execution and message impact. The university also received merit recognition in the social media category.

Members of the University Communications and Marketing Department team produced the award-winning pieces. The fundraising appeal, for FORWARD: The Campaign for McKendree University, was created by graphic designer Ed Vernon and printed by Stolze Printing Company of St. Louis. The four-minute athletic recruitment video, a winner in the video viewbook category, was produced by Nathan Luber, digital assets coordinator and Mike Embrich, director of web communications and digital assets. 

The annual Education Advertising Awards are sponsored by the Atlanta-based Higher Education Marketing Report. For more information, visit




McKendree University is a College of Distinction, and a Chronicle of Higher Education “Great College to Work For” Honor Roll institution. Founded in 1828, the historic Lebanon, Ill., campus is 25 miles from downtown St. Louis. McKendree also has campuses in Radcliff and Shepherdsville, Ky., and offers programs at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.