LIVONIA, MICH. – On June 9, 2021, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) announced that Katie Alexander, Madonna University's director of special events, and Madonna University were winners of a prestigious 2021 Circle of Excellence Award.
Kudos to Alexander who walked away with a Silver Circle of Excellence Award in the category of Events on a Shoestring, for her innovative approach to hosting a safe and inclusive President's State of the University Address and Welcome Back Social event last August, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2021, CASE received almost 3,000 entries from 27 countries. Those entries came from 530 institutions for consideration across 100 categories. CASE is especially thankful for the 360 volunteers who selected more than 500 award-winning entries. That means only 16-17 percent of the entries submitted received an award. Madonna was one of only four Michigan schools to garner an award this year.
These peer-selected and adjudicated awards honor institutions worldwide whose talented staff have advanced their organizations through their resourcefulness and ingenuity. Winners are selected based on several factors, including overall quality, innovation, use of resources, and the impact on the institution or its external and internal communities, such as alumni, parents, students, and faculty and staff.
The judges had this to say about Alexander's award-winning event, "This was a very detailed program to keep people safe during a pandemic, while also honoring members of their university. Very well thought-out and budget-friendly. A beautiful message and event for all involved."