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Muhlenberg College Earns Gold Award for Homepage Redesigned by ERI

A Gold AVA Award has been awarded to Muhlenberg College and its creative partner ERI, honoring excellence in digital creativity, branding, and strategy.

Top honors in website design have been awarded to Muhlenberg College by the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals (AMCP) in their national AVA Digital Awards competition for creative work produced in 2023. Produced in partnership with Mackey Strategies and ERI, the university’s newly redesigned homepage earned the Gold Award in the Educational Institutions category.  

Located in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, Muhlenberg College, a private  liberal arts school founded in 1848, engaged Mackey Strategies and ERI to improve its online presence and more powerfully articulate what distinguishes the College from its competitor institutions. “Muhlenberg’s excellence is driven by challenging academics and our supportive community, and ERI understood that,” said Todd Lineburger, vice president of communications and marketing. “We have what students are looking for – powerful outcomes and the skills to lead in a dynamic, global society – but what really makes us unique is the role our community plays in making that happen. It’s our superpower, and ERI helped tell our story through our community’s voices. Plus, the work just looks great,” Lineburger added.

Utilizing the strengthened messaging strategy delivered by Mackey Strategies, the homepage for muhlenberg.edu is designed to be visually-driven, action-oriented, and intuitive to navigate. The site was redesigned and redeveloped in Termnialfour CMS within a short period of time to meet the college’s tight deadline with the support of ERI’s expertise in marketing strategy, visual design, and web technology. 

Melanie Moran, Vice President of Mackey Strategies, described the team’s collaboration with ERI on the website project: “We knew it was important to deliver a cohesive and comprehensive messaging platform aimed at answering: Why Muhlenberg? With ERI’s expertise in web design and strategy, we were able we were able to bring that message to life in a dynamic and compelling way to engage and inform prospective students and families,” said Moran.

This distinction signifies the real impact outstanding website design and engaging content can have on the full spectrum of programs and opportunities at higher education institutions, according to Raffi DerSimonian, VP & Chief Strategy Officer at ERI. “For prospective students, a university’s main website is its digital doorstep to the world. For students, parents, faculty, and staff, a website is a navigational platform to explore and participate in the intricacies of the institution. It should be a thoroughly welcoming and engaging connecting point for all their stakeholders,” said DerSimonian. “Most importantly, It should clearly convey unique points of differentiation.”

The award-winning Muhlenberg College website may be viewed at muhlenberg.edu. For more information or to learn about how ERI can help your organization, please contact ERI’s VP and Chief Strategy Officer, Raffi DerSimonian.


ERI is a digital strategy, website design and development firm with a focus on the Higher Education sector. For more than 15 years, ERI has been building compelling websites, custom applications, and digital marketing strategies that help organizations and institutions achieve ambitious goals. With offices in Worcester, Mass., and Portland, Maine, the ERI team comprises seasoned strategists, designers, creative problem solvers, developers, technologists, and project managers. What sets the firm apart is its understanding and experience of how strategy, design, and technology combine with the art of visual storytelling to elevate an institution’s or organization’s mission.


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