CofC Alum’s Article Wins International Collegiate Writing Award

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) has named the College of Charleston a silver award winner for feature writing in its 2017 Circle of Excellence awards, which recognize outstanding collegiate communications, advancement and marketing work by institutions across the globe.

The College of Charleston was recognized for “Her Bully Pulpit,” an article written by Alicia Lutz ’98 in the summer 2016 issue of College of Charleston Magazine.

Selected from 155 entries in the feature writing category, Lutz’s feature tells the story of then-CofC junior Emily Torchiana, who has battled cyberbullying and its resulting depression and anxiety.

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This is the first time Lutz’s feature writing has won a silver medal in the CASE Circle of Excellence awards. Lutz, a director in the College’s Division of Marketing and Communications, was also the writer of the 2011 College of Charleston Magazine article “Off to See the Lizard,” which won a bronze medal for feature writing in the 2012 CASE Circle of Excellence awards. She is also the editor of the College of Charleston’s employee newsletter, Portico, which has won two gold medals (2008, 2011) and one silver medal (2012) in the CASE Circle of Excellence program’s print internal audience newsletters category. Lutz was also given CASE’s “Stellar Speaker” status in 2011.

The Circle of Excellence awards recognize outstanding work in advancement services, alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing at CASE member institutions worldwide. They are judged by peer professionals at schools, colleges and universities as well as by professionals from outside education.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is one of the largest international associations of education institutions, serving more than 3,600 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.