The University of New Mexico garnered two gold awards from CASE, the Council for Advancement & Support of Education. A team of Communication & Journalism and Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media students under the leadership of University Communication & Marketing Professional Intern Tess Eklund, produced the 2011 UNM Institutional Spot "Big Moments." The 30 second spot won the gold in the Student Produced Video category.

To date, the 30 second spot has aired on several local and national television networks including the CW, ESPN and CBS. "Big Moments" was produced by four student interns including C&J; students Emily Kennedy, Andrea Salazar and Tofer Flowers; and IFDM student Jason Ponic.

Eklund said, "This award is representative of the amazing talent, dedication and passion of our students."

UNM Today editor Sari Krosinsky, University Communication & Marketing, received a gold in the General Feature Writing, 1,000 words or less for the article, "Hexdex Takes Gaming to New Dimensions." The article is about Computer Science Assistant Professor Joe Kniss and his collaborators' work to develop the hexdex, a platform similar to technology used in NASA flight simulators.

In her submission, Krosinsky wrote, "The story aims to attract current and prospective students by showing an example of students working with faculty on inventive research. The article demonstrates an opportunity for students to apply advanced principles in several fields under the guidance of an approachable and creative faculty member.

The story also aims to share with faculty their colleague's work and a successful instance of interdisciplinary research, which is encouraged by the university. Additionally, the story and the feature section it appears in are a response to past tensions between faculty and UNM administration, intended to demonstrate the university's appreciation of faculty's scholarly work."

Cinnamon Blair, interim chief university marketing and communication officer, University Communication & Marketing, said, "For the University of New Mexico to receive two gold CASE awards in one year is unprecedented. The awards attest to the recognized caliber of work produced at UNM and our ability to develop professional materials that stand up against the best in the region and beyond."

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UNM is in CASE District IV, the southwest region that includes colleges and universities from five states and Mexico.

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