SUNY Oswego communications win APEX honors

OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego’s annual report, online alumni magazine and a video promoting the college production of “Grease” recently won recognition in the 2012 APEX Awards for Publication Excellence.

The competition recognizes work by professional communicators across North America.

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APEX 2012_winner

The college’s latest annual report, “A Tradition of Learning in the World,” was among seven honored with Awards of Excellence in the “Annual Report: Electronic and Web” category. The online report, designed this year to be tablet friendly, can be seen at

SUNY Oswego’s Office of Public Affairs staff produced the 2011 annual report, with assistance from Mosseau Graphic Design of DeWitt and Otto Media of Syracuse, and distributed it by email to faculty and staff, donors, students’ families, members of various campus boards, and many Northeastern colleges and universities.

The Oswego alumni magazine’s website, launched in spring 2011, was among seven Awards of Excellence winners in the “Magazines and Journals: Electronic and Web” category. It can be seen at

APEX had honored the magazine’s print edition the previous six years. The college’s Development and Alumni Relations Office produces the magazine in both print and online editions, with graphic design by Kiefer Creative of Liverpool and online technical setup by the college’s Office of Public Affairs.

The Office of Public Affairs produced the winning “Grease” video, one of seven winners in the competition’s YouTube category. Staff member Jeff Rea worked with student interns Jeff McGovern and Jennelle Razz behind the camera, while many of the “Grease” student cast and crew members and director and faculty member Jonel Langenfeld-Rial appear on screen.

The video promoting the college theatre and music departments’ spring 2011 production can be found by searching SUNY Oswego’s YouTube channel,

The 2012 APEX awards were presented “based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content and the success of the entry — in the opinion of the judges — in achieving overall communications effectiveness and excellence,” according to officials at Communications Concepts, which sponsors the awards.

This year’s contest saw nearly 3,400 entries and bestowed 1,100 awards.

“Each year, the quality of entries increases,” awards officials wrote. “Overall, this year’s entries displayed an exceptionally high level of quality. The APEX judges saw only the most promising publications that professional communicators could enter. From them, they had the truly challenging task of selecting the award-winning entries.”