K-State Staffers Receive National Honors

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State Fan Experience and Sales and Athletics Communication departments recently received a total of five national honors for excellence in 2014-15 from their respective organizations during the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) national convention in Orlando, Fla.

The Fan Experience and Sales department earned two awards, including a Gold honor and a Bronze, for its work during the 2014-15 athletics season from the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA).

The department took home the Gold award for top sales piece with the 2014-15 men’s basketball ticket wood mailer. The mailer featured a basketball court background on an actual piece of wood with members of the 2014-15 men’s basketball team emerging from an octagon shape. The target of the promotional piece were single-game ticket buyers who attended two or more games during the previous season.

The Bronze award garnered by the department was earned for the 2014 football season ticket campaign. The campaign featured the tagline of “It’s All About Family,” and was featured in videos on kstatesports.com and social media platforms, print pieces, billboards and e-mails.
Scott Garrett, Associate Athletic Director for Ticketing and Fan Strategies, Joni Smoller, Senior Director of Fan Experience and Sales, Adam Prough, Assistant Director of Fan Strategies, and Austin Anderson, Fan Experience and Sales Coordinator, along with graduate assistants Chelsea Lawrence, Jacob Wittkop and Dom Fazio, accepted the awards during NACMA's 25th annual Convention, June 14-17 in Orlando, Fla.

The Athletic Communications department, under the direction of Assistant A.D. for Communications Kenny Lannou, received three accolades from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for their outstanding publication work in 2014-15 during their annual convention, June 14-17, in Orlando.

The department earned "Best in Nation" distinction for the women's basketball media guide, while the men’s basketball guide and the 2014 volleyball poster were each third in the nation. The 2014-15 women's basketball guide was written and designed by Assistant Director of Athletics Communications, Randy Peterson, while the men’s basketball guide was written and designed by Associate Director of Athletics Communications, Tom Gilbert. Over the last 10 years Kansas State's publications have reached impressive heights in national judging with 24 media guides earning Top 5 national honors and 37 being named among the top three in the district.

The 2014 volleyball poster, as well as the covers for each of K-State's media guides, were produced by graphics designer, Ron Cook. Over the last seven seasons, over 20 K-State sports posters designed by Cook have been judged among the Top 10 nationally.

2014-15 NACMA Awards
Sales Piece – Gold

Season Ticket Sales Campaign - Bronze

2014-15 CoSIDA Publication Awards
Women’s Basketball Media Guide – Best in Nation

Men’s Basketball Guide – Third in Nation

Volleyball Poster – Third in Nation