The goal of the Marketing and Public Relations (MPR) Office is to promote the College's mission, priorities and initiatives; develop positive public perceptions of the institution; support special events; and drive advertising and marketing campaigns. The award-winning MPR team consists of experts in the areas of:
- Advertising and marketing
- Event support
- Graphic design
- Media relations
- Website creation
- Social media
Print Services is not part of our department, but we work very closely with the print services staff.
MPR produces College publications, including CareerFocus, the President’s Report to the Community and the Student Success Guide, among others.
For the internal Sandburg community, the office produces brochures, flyers, videos and social media efforts. MPR provides photography and videography services; news release editing and writing, graphic design and guidance in website content creation. Robin DeMott, the director of marketing and public relations, oversees the Marketing and Public Relations Office.
Get to know more about the Marketing and Public Relations Office and the services provided through the MPR website.
Marketing at Sandburg
The Marketing and Public Relations Office is the primary contact for the media. The office writes all press releases and news advisories for the College and provides multimedia and creative services.
The Marketing and PR Office is also responsible for ensuring the College’s marketing materials convey a constructive and consistent brand image.
The Marketing and PR 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.
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
National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR)
Silver Medallion, Student Success Guide
28th Annual Educational Advertising Awards presented by the Higher Education Marketing Report
MERIT – Website sandburg.edu
MERIT -- Sandburg Facebook facebook.com/carlsandburgcollege
National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR)
Gold Medallion, logo design Charger athletic mascot
Silver Medallion, Website, sandburg.edu
Silver Medallion, Outdoor Advertising, Billboard campaign Start Here. Work There./Finish There.
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 winners list -- Elgin, Harper, Joliet, Lincoln Land, and Moraine Valley.
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 education 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.
Yuli - https://youtu.be/Y5T9RYjhCV4
Zach - https://youtu.be/GTh6KTi7phw
Cassie - https://youtu.be/CQhBLoQpOuo
Saige - https://youtu.be/FknMLLpf2wc
Noble - https://youtu.be/zopnh3T6pEQ
In an effort to communicate internally as well as with the external staff and faculty served by Marketing and Public Relations, our Team has collaborated to produce process mapping flow charts. Creation of process maps allowed the entire team to establish, review and improve what is happening daily and with annual projects, measure process efficiency and to communicate the roles and responsibilities of the department with the College.
Usage and Style Guides
The Sandburg Style Guide was developed to serve as a resource for those who create written and other creative materials targeted at external audiences. Use of the guide will result in more consistency of style in Sandburg’s publications and other communications. It is designed to provide:
- answers to commonly asked questions related to writing about Carl Sandburg College
- key facts and information about the College, its programs, buildings, etc.,
- helpful writing style and usage guidelines based on the Associated Press Stylebook, which is used extensively by the media and by publications of many types
Working with the Media
In order to maintain consistency and accuracy, and to ensure that members of the media speak with the most appropriate person, Carl Sandburg College requests that all media inquiries begin with the Marketing and Public Relations Office.
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Marketing Office Location: E205
Administrative Assistant to Director of Marketing & Public Relations
Marketing & Public Relations Department
Public Relations Specialist
Graphic Design/Publication Services
Graphic Design Specialist
Photography/Videography Services & Social Media
Coordinator of Multimedia