MPR Office

The Carl Sandburg Marketing & Public Relations Office (MPR) shapes impressions of the College by creating inspiring materials we stand behind while exceeding expectations and leaving those collaborated with feeling fulfilled. The award-winning MPR team consists of experts in the areas of:

  • Advertising and marketing
  • Event support
  • Graphic design
  • Media relations
  • Photography
  • Publications
  • Website creation
  • Social media

 We ask that anyone requesting services from the Marketing & Public Relations Office please fill out an MPR form. For questions or to set up a general meeting with a member of the MPR team please call 309.345.8513 or email



 Fall 2022 Sandburg Magazine

Link to Fall 2022 Sandburg Magazine

Spring 2021 Sandburg Magazine
Spring 2021 Sandburg Magazine.


Spring 2020 Sandburg Magazine
Spring 2020 cover

Spring 2019 Sandburg Magazine
Sandburg cover


Marketing Department Forms

Marketing Request

The MPR office is here to fulfill all of your marketing and public relations needs. We kindly ask that you please fill out an MPR request form for all marketing requests you have. A minimum lead-time of 6-8 weeks is required for projects that are more than one page and require graphic design. Other requests can usually be completed with 2-3 weeks lead-time. We do our best work when we have adequate time, and anything less will not allow us to do so. See the chart below for a more accurate idea of where your project falls in our timeline. Please note that videography and photography are not listed below but will be assessed with all requests and determined by the department on institutional goals and priorities. 

If you would like to request a meeting with the Marketing Department, have any questions or need assistance with the MPR form, please contact Sherry Morris at 309.345.8513 or

Note that all timelines are in reference to when you need items in hand/posted NOT the date of the event.


48-72 Hours - Monitors, Approvals, mySandburg, Website Calendar, Press Release

2-3 Weeks - Posters, Postcards, Flyers, Invitations, Video Request, Stall Stories, Charger Weekly

6-8 Weeks - Programs, Mailers, Brochures


Project Type: 

Campus Communications: Communicates a project or event around campus; includes mySandburg, stall stories, Charger Weekly (events only when applicable), social media posts, & campus monitors.

Graphic Design: Any type of graphically designed materials, print or digital, such as posters, postcards, logos, signature, etc.

Press Release: ONLY for events or projects open to the general public or to communicate an event/project to the general public. 

A La Cart: Please choose one or two of the following: mySandburg, stall stories, insider, charger weekly (events only when applicable), intercampus email, social media post, campus monitors. 

Edits/Updates/Files Needed: An edit or update is needed to an already created document or when you need a file or image sent to you.

Request a Meeting: Schedule a meeting with marketing to sit down and discuss your needs/wants for a project/event. 

Branded Paper Materials: business cards, door signs, note cards, mailing labels, folders, etc.

Special Orders: Request specialty items to get a quote or order special promo items for your event/project. 

External Trailer Request
If you are an administrator or teacher looking to expand the minds of your students consider bringing the Maker Trailer to your school. Please fill out the following form at least a month before you would like the trailer to be present at your location. Once completed please email the form to
Internal Trailer Request
If you are a current employee of Carl Sandburg College and would like to share the Maker Trailer at an event or school please fill out the following form. The form must be completed at least a month before the date requested. Once completed please email the form to
Website Update Request

The website is an ever evolving element. If you see something that needs an update please fill out the following form and we will work on the change accordingly. 

Website Request Form


The Marketing and Public Relations Office has earned international, national, and local recognition for the College with successful entries in the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR) and the Annual Educational Advertising Awards presented by the Higher Education Marketing Report. The Marketing and PR Office has won the coveted Gold Paragon Award from NCMPR five times. This award is NCMPR’s recognition of outstanding achievement in communications at community and technical colleges. It is the only national competition of its kind that exclusively honors excellence among marketing and public relation professionals at two-year colleges. Winners hail from large, multi-campus districts as well as small institutions, from large staffs with healthy budgets, and from one-person shops with limited resources. The Educational Advertising Awards is an international contest between 2- and 4-year colleges and universities, private and public. Sandburg was one out of 11 Illinois community colleges, to be recognized in this international awards contest. The 3,000 entries were from over 1,000 schools from all 50 states and several foreign countries.


2015 Awards

The College received bronze medallions in four categories from NCMPR:

  • Folder, for its “Welcome,” “Next Step” and “Start Here” series
  • Postcard (single or series), for its “Discover Your Reason to Love Sandburg” set
  • Original Photography-Unmanipulated, for “Volleyball Conditioning,” shot by Bill Gaither, coordinator of multimedia
  • Sports Brochure/Program, for its women’s basketball game program 

2014 Awards

National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR)

Silver Medallion, Student Success Guide


 2013 Awards

28th Annual Educational Advertising Awards presented by the Higher Education Marketing Report

MERIT – Website

MERIT -- Sandburg Facebook

National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR)

Gold Medallion, logo design Charger athletic mascot

Silver Medallion, Website,

Silver Medallion, Outdoor Advertising, Billboard campaign Start Here. Work There./Finish There. 


2011 Awards

26th Annual Education Advertising Awards presented by the Higher Education Marketing Report

MERIT -- Television Advertising/Series, See Yourself

MERIT -- Radio Advertising/Single

MERIT -- Total PR Do You Know (DUK)

MERIT -- Total Advertising Campaign, See Yourself at CSC

Only 5 other Illinois Community Colleges were on the winner's list -- Elgin, Harper, Joliet, Lincoln Land, and Moraine Valley.


2010 Awards

25th Annual Higher Education Marketing Report’s Advertising Awards

Silver Award, website. Group 2 (schools with 2,000-4,999 students.) This is the largest educational advertising awards competition in the U.S. 2,000 entries were submitted from more than 1,000 colleges, universities, and secondary schools in all 50 states and several foreign countries.