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Alumni Magazine Wins Global Circle of Excellence Award

Submitted by on July 1, 2024 – 1:43 pm

Northern Essex Community College is proud to share that the Fall ’23 edition of its bi-annual alumni magazine, alumnecc, received a silver 2024 Circle of Excellence Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

The issue focused on artificial intelligence and was among 4,223 global entries. A panel of 440 volunteer judges selected a total of 486 awardees in various categories.

alumnecc was honored in the Magazines | Alumni/General Interest (Two-Year Institutions) category. Judges said “The theme of AI was a highlight in a recent issue, with some stories effectively showcasing its relevance. The entertainment piece, for instance, was well-connected to AI through a color block. The magazine’s consistent and bold colors added visual appeal. Photos were used effectively to capture attention, and QR codes offered engaging additional content. The ‘Why I Hire’ and ‘NECC Helped Me Get There’ sections were particularly enjoyable, demonstrating the college’s lasting impact on students’ lives. Overall, the magazine provided a range of engaging features.”

The magazine is published jointly by NECC’s Alumni Relations and Marketing Communications Offices.

CASE’s Circle of Excellence Awards are the premier recognition program for educational advancement. These peer-selected and adjudicated awards celebrate colleges, universities, and schools worldwide whose talented staff have advanced their institutions with resourcefulness and ingenuity.

“As we mark CASE’s 50th anniversary this year, we are taking time to celebrate our members across the globe,” says Sue Cunningham, CASE President and CEO. “Examples of their remarkable work are evident throughout the Circle of Excellence Awards. We applaud the achievements and innovation of advancement professionals across all sectors and all regions—work in schools, colleges and universities that advances education and thereby transforms lives and society.”

This year volunteer judges from CASE’s membership selected 486 exemplary entries for bronze, silver, gold, and Grand Gold recognition. Winners are chosen for overall quality, innovation, use of resources, and the impact on the institution or its communities, such as alumni, parents, students, faculty, and staff.

About CASE:

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is a global nonprofit association dedicated to educational advancement—alumni relations, communications, development, marketing, and advancement services—and championing education to transform lives and society.

To fulfill their missions and to meet both individual and societal needs, colleges, universities and independent schools rely on and therefore must foster the goodwill, active involvement, informed advocacy and enduring support of alumni, donors, prospective students, parents, government officials, community leaders, corporate executives, foundation officers, and other external constituencies.

CASE’s membership includes more than 3,000 colleges, universities, and independent elementary and secondary schools in more than 80 countries, making CASE one of the largest nonprofit education associations in the world in terms of institutional membership. CASE serves more than 90,000 advancement professionals at member institutions and has offices in London, UK; Mexico City, Mexico; Singapore; and Washington, D.C., USA. The association produces content, publications, conferences, institutes, and workshops that support educational leaders and advancement professionals in their work to advance education through serving their institutions. To learn more about CASE visit