Bemidji State University recently won a 2019 Circle of Excellence award for poster design from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

BSU's Office of Communications and Marketing received a Gold Award in the category for its BSU Centennial Celebration Commemorative Poster, illustrated by 2017 BSU alumna Hope Wall.

"When we started planning for all the promotional pieces we would need for BSU's centennial events, I suggested that we commission recent alumna Hope Wall to create an illustration for the front cover of Bemidji State Magazine," Mike Lee, graphic design and publications coordinator, said in a release. "After art directing several drafts that Hope presented, we realized that this illustration could have many more uses for celebrating BSU's centennial. We decided to design a poster to present to the participants who attended the 100th kick-off event."

"In addition to the magazine cover and poster, the illustration was also used on the 2018-19 student planner and on BSU's homepage. The 100th anniversary year is coming to a close, but I'm sure we will be finding more uses for this visual narrative. It is fitting that one of BSU's talented students has helped to create such a beautiful artifact that visually displays the story of BSU," Lee said, in the release. "While celebrating our history we have become a part of it."

Carleton College won silver in the category for an admissions poster, and the Shanghai American School took bronze.

The CASE Circle of Excellence awards program honors outstanding work in advancement services, alumni relations, communications, fundraising, and marketing at colleges, universities, independent schools and affiliated nonprofits, the release said.