2020 Steal this Idea Winners Annouced

Below you will find the list of award winners for the 2020 Steal this Idea competition. The Best in Show will be announced at the 2020 Annual Conference in Atlanta this March.

2020 Steal this Idea Gallery

Best in Show

The 2020 Steal This Idea Best in Show recipient is University of Vermont’s Winter Week of Welcome.

This promotional campaign demonstrated branding creativity, consistency, and clarity in helping students transition back into their second semester with a variety of campus events.

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Brochures
Professional  
  • First: 2019–2020 Fine Arts Series Brochure; University of North Texas; Steven Meehin, Taylor Smith
  • Second: Come OA With Us Brochure; University of West Florida; R.J. Lund, Shelley Henseler
  • Third: Student Legal Services “We Know” Campaign; Indiana University–Bloomington; Faith Chadwick, Cheryl Paul 
  • Honorable Mention: Communications and Creative Services brochure; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Keven Lewis, Damu Murry, Drew Guiteras, Beth Morris, Keith Hines, Zoe Hambley, Carter Frye, Emma Barber, Vanessa Munoz Cuevas, Audrey Walsh, Tiara Dorsette

Student         
  • First: Learn the Basics; California State University–Los Angeles; Stacey Le
  • Second: Spring 2019 Visiting Artists; The University Union at Sacramento State; Matt Vlach
  • Third: Outdoor Adventures Brochure; California State University–Northridge; Amber Bjel
  • Honorable Mention: CLASS Distinguished Faculty Award Brochure; University of Houston; Kenny Law                                         
Calendars/Schedules
Professional  
  • First: CAB Calendar; University of North Carolina–Charlotte; Kyahdric Moses
  • Second: 2019 Monthly Calendar; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Eric Watkins, Vipul Telang, Abrielle Otero
  • Third: Latinx Heritage Month 2019; Adele H. Stamp Student Union–Center for Campus Life at the University of Maryland; Whitney Schepf, Valeria Morales
  • Honorable Mention: UPC Fall 2019 Calendar; University of North Texas; Steve Meehin, Javier Ruiz Navarro, Stephanie Moreno

Student
  • First: Multiracial Heritage Month 2019; Adele H. Stamp Student Union–Center for Campus Life at the University of Maryland; Penelope Hutchins, Savannah Gaines
  • Second: I-Book planner; University of Illinois; Edgar Madrigal
  • Third: LGBTQ History Month; University of Houston; Kim Wong, Hana Sasongko
  • Honorable Mention: Spring 2019 U-Calendar; California State University–Los Angeles; Stacey Le, Roxana Jonczyk
Cards/Invitations
Professional  
  • First: USU 45th Anniversary; California State University–Los Angeles; Robert Gonzales
  • Second: Jimmy Toor; The University Union at Sacramento State; Diana Lee
  • Third: Shuga Cain; The University Union at Sacramento State; Erin Umipeg
  • Honorable Mention: First National Bank; Colorado State University; Charlene Tiedemann

Student         
  • First: Social Identity Exploration; California State University–Los Angeles; Valeri To
  • Second: DREAM Gala; Adele H. Stamp Student Union–Center for Campus Life at the University of Maryland; Hannah Shams
  • Third: USU Night Market; California State University–Northridge; Mia Smiljanich, Calvin Sam, Stephanie Tran
  • Honorable Mention: Community Building & Celebration; California State University–Los Angeles; Alexis Onofre
Digital Campaigns
Professional  
  • First: UCI Now Digital Campaign; University of California–Irvine; Brian Petyo, Diana Schombert, Tommy Patierno, Sarah Li, Soros Chokanarotewong
  • Second: #BlossomAtSacState; The University Union at Sacramento State; Diana Lee
  • Third: Fireside Chat; Adele H. Stamp Student Union–Center for Campus Life at the University of Maryland; Whitney Schepf, Nathan Grine

Student         
  • First: TerpZone Billiards League; Adele H. Stamp Student Union–Center for Campus Life at the University of Maryland; Drew Darden
  • Second: Light Up the Night – IMU Candle-lighting Ceremony; Indiana University–Bloomington; Megan Wright
  • Third: Murder Mystery Dinner; Oklahoma State University; Dawson Hirt
  • Honorable Mention: Lory Student Center Interactive Murals; Colorado State University; Diana Vega Basto, Oliver Shi, Ethan Worker, Christopher Jewell
Interior/Wall Art
Professional  
  • First: Hidden Hoosiers; Indiana University–Bloomington; Damen Morris, Jen Chavarria
  • Second: Studio A Wall Decal; Adele H. Stamp Student Union–Center for Campus Life at the University of Maryland; Whitney Schepf, Tara Youngborg
  • Third: The New Heart of Campus; California State University–Northridge; James Matzen, Kyle Hufnagel, Michael Niles, Mia Lubliner
  • Honorable Mention: UVM Davis Center Operations Window; University of Vermont; Cody Silfies

Student         
  • First: The Kitchen Signage; James Madison University; Kelsey Waugh
  • Second: Student Centers Satellite; University of Houston; Nick Peterson, Hana Sasongko
  • Third: All Night Display Diorama; Associated Students Inc., California State University–Fullerton; YueTong Tsen
  • Honorable Mention: Window Wars; The University of Texas–San Antonio; Imani Young
Logo/Brand Identity
Professional  
  • First: Terps Interfaith Exchange; Adele H. Stamp Student Union–Center for Campus Life at the University of Maryland; Whitney Schepf, Denise McHugh, Cori Carfagno
  • Second: BNAACC 50th Anniversary; University of Illinois; Tawny Palumbo
  • Third: UNC Charlotte Homecoming; University of North Carolina–Charlotte; Kam King, Marissa Zimmet, Isaac Cowles, Kyahdric Moses
  • Honorable Mention: Social Justice Hub; University of Wisconsin–Madison: Wisconsin Union; Vicki Keegan, Megan Breene

Student
  • First: Winter Week of Welcome; University of Vermont; Charlotte Coughlin
  • Second: U-SU Brand Logo; California State University–Los Angeles, Tony Villa
  • Third: Community Garden Logo; San Jose State University; Ryan Stuart Martin
  • Honorable Mention: IU Late Night; Indiana University–Bloomington; Jen Chavarria
Miscellaneous
Professional/Student
  • First: Fiscal Year 2019 Infographic; Texas State University; Daniela Aguilera
  • Second: Sustainability Infographic; University of Wisconsin–Madison: Wisconsin Union; Lauren Ziegler, Channing Smith, Monica Slater
  • Third: Community Inspiring Buttons; University of Rochester; Jennelle Hart, Tiffany Nicholas
  • Honorable Mention: Real-Time Study Lounge Room Reservations; University of California–Irvine; Yuchen “Rebekah” Li, Diana Schombert, Daniel Shih, David Liu, Sarah Li, Benson Wu
Multi-Page Publications
Professional 
  • First: STAMP Student Employee Handbook; Adele H. Stamp Student Union–Center for Campus Life at the University of Maryland; Charlene Prosser Castillo, Marinel Martinez-Benyarko
  • Second: Calendar of Events; Associated Students, Inc., California State University–Los Angeles; Gustavo Salazar
  • Third: Student Affairs Annual Report; University of North Carolina–Charlotte; Benjamin Moten
  • Honorable Mention: Annual Report 2018–2019; San Jose State University; Helen Tillmann

Student
  • First: Houston Panhellenic Recruitment Booklet; University of Houston; Nick Peterson
  • Second: SCCA Annual Report; Rowan University; Ashley Fackler
  • Third: Off Campus Life Guidebook; James Madison University; Emmy Thacker, Isabella Lassiter, Peter Friesen
  • Honorable Mention: RAZA Grad Program Booklet; California State University–Los Angeles; Alexis Onofre
Posters
Professional
  • First: Student Affairs Communication Hiring Poster; University of Colorado–Boulder; Nathan Schiro
  • Second: RAWKIN' WELCOME WEEK (RWW) PARTY LIKE A RAWKSTAR; University of North Carolina–Greensboro; Ashley H. Marshall
  • Third: VRC Alternative Breaks Poster; University of Colorado–Boulder; Nathan Schiro
  • Honorable Mention: Coyote Creates; The University Union at Sacramento State; Erin Umipeg

Student
  • First: Noche de Loteria y Paletas; University of Nevada–Reno; Vanessa Torres
  • Second: Wellness Week; California State University–Los Angeles; Alexis Onofre
  • Third: 8-Ball doubles Tournament; University of California–San Diego; Jonathan Funes
  • Honorable Mention: Fika Friday; University of California–San Diego; Lauren Filzender
Promotional Campaigns
Professional  
  • First: Lost & Found Campaign; University of North Texas; Steven Meehin, Tony Boykin-King, Sharon Mathew, Hope Alvarez
  • Second: WELLcome Back; The University Union at Sacramento State; Diana Lee
  • Third: Black History Month 2019; Adele H. Stamp Student Union–Center for Campus Life at the University of Maryland; Charlene Prosser Castillo,  Janai Raphael
  • Honorable Mention: Outdoor Adventures Collaterals; California State University–San Marcos; Anthony Ferrer, Daisy Camacho, Rylee Yocum, Devon Venturina

Student
  • First: UVM Week of Welcome Branding; University of Vermont; Sara Jaye
  • Second: Immigrant Resilience; Adele H. Stamp Student Union–Center for Campus Life at the University of Maryland; Jose Sorto-Guevara
  • Third: CAB after Dark; University of West Florida; Brooke Lawrence, Ilan Berkstein, Shelley Henseler
  • Honorable Mention: World Gratitude Day; University of Texas–Rio Grande Valley; Adelina Agueros
Promotional Products
Professional  
  • First: Graduate Student Life Lounge Keychain; Adele H. Stamp Student Union–Center for Campus Life at the University of Maryland; Whitney Schepf, Cori Carfagno, Karrin Thompson, Luanjiao Aggie Hu
  • Second: UNT Union 70th Anniversary Swag; University of North Texas; Steven Meehin, Sharon Mathew
  • Third: Cow Chair; University of Wisconsin–Madison: Wisconsin Union; Alix Debroux, Meghan Roberts Wollack, Stephanie Webendorfer
  • Honorable Mention: Disc Golf Coaster; University of West Florida; Shelley Henseler

Student
  • First: Student Union Mini Buttons; The University of Texas–San Antonio; Richard Tyler Martin
  • Second: LBJSC Sticker Sheet; Texas State University; Daniela Aguilera
  • Third: Game Day at the Union Beverage Holders; Oklahoma State University; Celeste Torres, Debbie Shotwell
  • Honorable Mention: Adventure Journal; Colorado State University; Christopher Jewell
Signs/Banners
Professional  
  • First: IMU Entertainment Column Banners; Indiana University–Bloomington; Damen Morris
  • Second: Union Global Value Banners; North Carolina State University; Emily Stafford
  • Third: Bagel Place 2; Colorado State University; Diana Vega Basto
  • Honorable Mention: Street Eats; University of Texas–Austin; Jeff Sladcik

Student         
  • First: Rise and Resist: Students of Color Conference; Long Beach State University; Aman Dembe
  • Second: Shasta's Chalkboard Menu; University of Houston; Christie Le
  • Third: Illini Union Bookstore Window Banners; University of Illinois; Ralph Roether, Union student photographers
  • Honorable Mention: Juneteenth Celebration Banner; The University of Texas–San Antonio; Niana Pallatt
Social Media Campaigns
Professional  
  • First: Student Group Spotlights; University of Minnesota–Twin Cities; Brittany Ottum, Maddy Pritzl, Garnette Kuznia
  • Second: Gradulting Workshops; Adele H. Stamp Student Union–Center for Campus Life at the University of Maryland; Whitney Schepf, Debbie Mikutsky
  • Third: #200IMUStories; Indiana University–Bloomington; Leah Gregory, Abby Bainbridge, James McHaley
  • Honorable Mention: Photoboxx Social Media Campaign; Colorado State University; Olivia Sutton, Nicholas Eppley

Student         
  • First: Transfer & off campus Student Appreciation Week 2019; Adele H. Stamp Student Union–Center for Campus Life at the University of Maryland; Hannah Shams
  • Second: Duck Hunt Challenge; The University of Texas–San Antonio; Christine Wong, Nicole Hernandez, Skye Knight, Niana Pallatt
  • Third: Roaring into the '20s; Kansas State University; Bailey Current
  • Honorable Mention: All Night Study Social Media; Associated Students Inc., California State University–Fullerton; Lindsey Brackett, Sarah Adamo, Valerie Cabrera, Natalie Moeller, Kaylei Grijalva, Zaynab Fayad, Angelica Gutierrez Chavez
T-Shirts
Professional  
  • First: Freshman Class T-Shirt; University of North Carolina–Charlotte; Isaac Cowles, Shawn Ibarra
  • Second: Treasure Island Homecoming Theme T-shirt; University of West Florida; Shelley Henseler
  • Third: CU GOLD Catalyst T-shirt; University of Colorado–Boulder; Nathan Schiro
  • Honorable Mention: Eat At the Union t-shirt; University of Illinois; Ralph Roether

Student
  • First: Out in the Garden Tee; California State University–Northridge; Jonathan Santos, Calvin Sam, Stephanie Tran
  • Second: Beach Clean Up; Associated Students Inc., California State University–Los Angeles; Anthony Castañeda
  • Third: Diverse Talks T-Shirt; Associated Students Inc., California State University–Fullerton; Melina Ahmadzadeh
  • Honorable Mention: Golden Eagle Orientation; California State University–Los Angeles; Tony Villa
Videos
Professional  
  • First: 2019 Homecoming Theme Reveal; Texas Tech University; Jeremy Smith, Troy Pike, Bethany DeLuna
  • Second: Wisconsin Union Directorate "Experience" Video; University of Wisconsin–Madison: Wisconsin Union; Tack Video, Brennan Bahr, Stephanie Webendorfer, Monica Slater
  • Third: Life Happens at the Union; Oklahoma State University; Coleton Gambill, Debbie Shotwell
  • Honorable Mention: The Green Screen - "We're Back"; University of North Texas; Steven Meehin

Student
  • First: Bystander Intervention Video; Indiana University–Bloomington; Claire Soisson, Savanna Latto, Conner Franke
  • Second: Sol Fest Promo; California State University–Northridge; Jay Swen
  • Third: ASI Elections 2019 Video; Associated Students Inc., California State University–Fullerton; Melina Ahmadzadeh
  • Honorable Mention: Star of the Month; Texas State University; Lucero Treviño
Websites
Professional/Student
  • First: LGBT Resource Center; University of Houston; Kyle Stehling
  • Second: Homecoming Website; University of Minnesota; Tage Singh, Brian Smallbeck, Allyson Garin
  • Third: USU Annual Report; California State University–Northridge; James Matzen, Steven Wein, Kyle Hufnagel, Michael Niles, Troy Thornton
  • Honorable Mention: U-M University Unions Website; University of Michigan; Kate Glahn, David Blazevski, David Young, Elizabeth Price, Laura Seagram

Steal this Idea Competition Information

Submission Process

Submission for 2020 Steal this Idea is closed. The submission period for the 2021 competition will open in September. 

Eligibility

Steal this Idea is open to any professional or student working within college unions and student activities at an ACUI member institution. Submitted entries must have been created within the calendar year. Additional entry details may be found on the submission form.

Entry Fee

An entry fee is required for all entries and must be paid prior to judging. The fee will be $50 for the first entry from an institution, then $40 for each additional entry.

Selection

ACUI selects judges from across the United States to determine the first place through honorable mention in each category. Criteria includes concept, design, editorial content, and effectiveness. Best in Show is chosen from the first place winners in all categories. Winning entries are featured in The Bulletin, displayed at the Annual Conference, and published online. Best in Show is announced during The Honors at the Annual Conference.

Categories

Brochures
Calendars/schedules
Cards/invitations
Digital campaign
Interior/wall art
Logo/brand identity
Miscellaneous
Multi-page publications
Posters
Promotional campaigns
Promotional products
Signs/banners
Social media campaign
T-shirts
Video and animation
Website