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At a year-end reception on May 8, Carthage presented the 2023-24 Distinguished Staff Award to Steve Janiak, senior director of marketing and brand strategy.

His role may inherently keep Mr. Janiak behind the scenes, but no one’s handiwork on behalf of the College has been more visible. For 26 years, he has built and refined Carthage’s visual identity — from Campus Drive banners to building signage to recruiting materials.

Steve Janiak, senior director of marketing and brand strategy, received the 2023-24 Distinguished... Steve Janiak, senior director of marketing and brand strategy, received the 2023-24 Distinguished Staff Award at a year-end reception May 8, 2024. He is shown with his mother, Joanne, a retired Carthage staff member. “Whether it’s helping to create graphics, getting print materials delivered, taking photos, or just remembering how the pieces fit together, Steve is always there to help,” one nominator wrote.

Presenter Debra Clark, the previous Distinguished Staff recipient, said Mr. Janiak exemplifies the award’s four pillars: service, teamwork, attitude, and reliability. He has turned the Office of Marketing and Communications into a trusted partner for every department on campus.

His creative team has earned peer recognition in many competitions. The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) honored Carthage for excellence in its viewbook, print advertising, and brochure design.

Mr. Janiak played an integral role in Carthage’s transition to a new, unifying team name and mascot. One of three community members who initially suggested “Firebirds,” Mr. Janiak then developed a corresponding visual identity “so strong and appealing that it was embraced by our community in record time.”

Colleagues rave about his vision, talent, and heart.

“He brings such a positive attitude to our office,” one wrote. “Things can get stressful, and all it takes is for him to crack a joke and give us a smile to break that tension.”

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