MacNation Tour receives a Gold award from CASE

June 13, 2018 | 4:11 PM

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education has named MacMurray College a gold award winner of its 2018 Circle of Excellence awards program. MacMurray was recognized for its MacNation Tour 2017.

A panel of experts selected the College’s entry in the Special Events: Multi-Day category from among 34 entries (total listed at

In 2018, more than 675 higher education institutions, independent schools and nonprofits worldwide submitted more than 3,200 entries for consideration in nearly 100 categories. Judges gave nearly 350 awards: 104 bronze; 118 silver, 100 gold and 13 grand gold.

The MacNation Tour took President Mark Tierno on an eight-week trek last summer around the nation in an RV to rally the alumni as well as connect with current and prospective students. The Tour also allowed the presi dent to thank longtime supporters of the College and increase alumni participation.

“Very well thought out and meticulously planned program,” said the CASE Judging Panel. “This entry provided clear objectives and provided excellent evidence to support their outcomes. The program was creative and included a number of volunteers and alumni to support the program. Not many presidents would travel for 8 weeks straight in an RV.”

The Circle of Excellence Awards is an international awards program that honors outstanding work in advancement services, alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing at colleges, universities, independent schools and affiliated nonprofits.

“I’m ecstatic,” Rikki Langan, director of advancement and alumni relations, said. “This was such a huge undertaking for everyone involved and it feels great to be awarded for all the hard work.  MacMurray is a small college and to beat out much larger schools is extremely rewarding.”

“The MacNation Tour was an opportunity to reconnect with alumni all over the U.S. and reenergize the Spirit of MacNation,” Dr. Mark Tierno, president of MacMurray, said. “It was not an easy feat, but the support of our staff, faculty, alumni, students and friends made it possible and it’s great to see everyone being recognized for their efforts.”

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is one of the largest international associations of education institutions, serving more than 3,700 universities, colleges, schools and related organizations in more than 80 countries. CASE is the leading resource for professional development, information and standards in the fields of education fundraising, communications, marketing and alumni relations.

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