Communication Awards

Every year, CSEA’s Communications Committee recognizes CSEA communicators for their outstanding print and electronic communications. Winners are selected for up to 18 award categories.

Even if you are just starting out, it’s a good idea to enter the competition. You’ll receive constructive feedback from the Communications Committee judges. Some of their comments might help you with your future communication tool, whether it be a printed newsletter, an electronic newsletter, Web site or flyer. Entering the competition will also make you more familiar with the priorities and criteria that CSEA is looking for in its chapter communications.

Award categories

Awards are given for each of the different communication tools: Print, E-Newsletter, Web, and Flyer.

The “Award of Excellence” is awarded to the communicator who receives the highest overall ranking based on the criteria for his/her communication tool.

The “Award of Distinction” is awarded to the best in specific subcategories, such as Design, News Article, Editorial, and Use of Photography.


Entries are evaluated based on criteria—such as content and design— established for each specific category.

2017 Communication Award Winners

A total of 117 entries were received from 33 chapters and one retiree council. The CSEA Communications Committee commends all who entered the competition. Each will receive a certificate of recognition and access to their online evaluation summary with helpful comments from the committee. A presentation announcing the winners will be made at CSEA’s 91st Annual Conference in Las Vegas. For a complete list of winning entries, see Communications Bulletin 4-17.

2017 Awards of Excellence

Coastal Breeze
Kenneth Fry

Santa Maria Elementary Chapter 129

Colette Leyva
Oceanside Unified Chapter 370

Chapter 106 Unity Event
Mari Buck
Desert Sands Unified Chapter 106

CSEA Blaze 2017
Heather Robbins
Barstow College Chapter 176


2018 Communication Awards

Submit your entries on or before the May 15th deadline.

For entry information, see Communications Bulletin 3-18.


Honors and Awards

Every year, CSEA members are recognized for their extraordinary contributions to their union and the students they serve.

Member of the Year Award

This award recognizes outstanding members for their commitment and dedication of classified employees to the students of California, community involvement, and activism.

CSEA Life Member and Honor Roll

Life Membership and Honor Roll placement are awarded to CSEA activists in recognition of extraordinary service to CSEA.

Communication Awards

CSEA’s Public Relations Committee recognizes CSEA communicators for their outstanding print and electronic communications.

California Classified Employee of the Year Award

Presented by the California Dept. of Education, this award highlights the efforts of classified employees.

California Community Colleges Classified Employees of the Year

Presented by the California Community College Board of Governors, this honors outstanding classified employees in community colleges.

Activist of the Year Award

This award recognizes members who vigorously advocate in political activities or specific causes important to the mission and goals of CSEA.

Humanitarian of the Year Award

This award is given to a person who reflects a noble desire to improve the lives of CSEA members and/or the community at large.

The Walter H. Blice Award

This award is given to a CSEA member/political activist in recognition for outstanding political service on behalf of CSEA.

The Victory Club Circle of Stars

This award recognizes the outstanding effort chapters make to increase enrollment in the Victory Club.

Membership Unity Program & Award

This vital program helps chapters increase strength and unity by providing training and motivation for chapter activists participation in crucial chapter activities.