News Release, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Lee Capristo, director of publications in St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s Institutional Advancement/Integrated Marketing office, recently won an Award of Excellence in the 32nd Annual APEX Awards for Publication Excellence Competition. The award recognized the writing of the editor’s note column in the Mulberry Tree magazine over three issues published during 2019-2020.

The APEX awards program recognizes excellence in publishing by professional communicators. The annual competition is open to communicators in corporate, nonprofit and independent settings. The 2020 competition had nearly 1,200 entries and 476 awards of excellence. The APEX award is Capristo’s 14th in her career with St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

The award-winning editor’s notes can be found in the following Mulberry Tree magazines:

Winter 2019:

Spring 2019:

Winter 2020:

This award follows a number of national awards for the members of the Institutional Advancement team. Most recently, the team won Gold in the 2020 Circle of Excellence Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for the BeCounted on Giving Tuesday fundraising campaign. That same Giving Tuesday campaign won a Bronze Award in the Annual Educational Advertising Awards, along with a Silver Award for the special event Hawktoberfest,

The Institutional Advancement/Integrated Marketing office also won a Silver Award for the College’s total recruitment package, and a Bronze Award for its fall 2019 open house integrated marketing campaign in the Annual Educational Advertising Awards. In the 2019 Collegiate Advertising Awards, the office won the Gold Award for the “apply now” postcard series and a Silver Award for the folder within the Admitted Seahawks Packet. All of the pieces were created and designed in-house by SMCM alumna Keely Houk ’17.