A promotional video for Wagner College’s health sciences programs, “Setting the Tempo,” was recently awarded a Grand Gold prize in the Promotional (Short) category in the CASE 2023 Circle of Excellence Awards competition.
CASE, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, is the leading organization of college and university communications, fundraising and alumni professionals around the world.
“Setting the Tempo” was produced in the spring of 2022 by Wagner’s Office of Communications and Marketing, along with its longtime video contractors, in collaboration with faculty and students.
The video, which has been viewed more than 390,000 times on social media, will be used for many years in recruiting students for the college’s health sciences programs.
The idea for “Setting the Tempo” came from President Angelo Araimo. The majority of the video’s pre-production work was done by Jonathan Harkel, director of the communications office, and Joshua Campbell, the office’s visual content producer, assisted by student worker Jodie Bonhometre. Harkel and Campbell directed the college’s video contractors, Skynine LLC, which shot and edited the video.
“Matt and Brandon from Skynine have been working with us since 2017,” Harkel said, “and have produced a number of videos, including move-in day highlights.”
Harkel also cited Christopher Corbo ’06 M’08, chair of Wagner’s Biological Sciences Department and assistant provost for academic affairs, as a vital partner in the video project. Harkel praised Corbo, who was responsible for promoting all health sciences programs at Wagner College, as “the best faculty partner I’ve ever had.”
According to CASE, it received 4,021 entries from 583 institutions for this year’s Circle of Excellence Awards competition. Less than 13% of entries received any award — and less than 0.8% of all entries earned a Grand Gold prize like the one awarded to Wagner College. Seventy-four videos received awards in 14 video categories, only seven of which had a Grand Gold winner.
This was the second CASE Grand Gold award given to Wagner College. Last year Wagner Magazine, the college’s alumni publication, was awarded a Grand Gold prize in the news/feature (1,000+ words) category for a story published in the Fall 2021 issue, “Lonnie Brandon and the North Hall 27.”