St. Thomas magazine has won three gold and one silver award for excellence in the 2012 CASE V Awards contest. The Pride of CASE V Awards Program “honors institutions and individuals who demonstrate outstanding achievement in the concept and execution of advancement programs and communications.”
St. Thomas magazine was given the gold award for Best Alumni/Institution Magazine (3,000 to 9,999 full-time students). Judges considered the overall strength of the writing, design, photography and editorial vision of all magazines in this category. The magazine received the silver award in this category in 2009, and the bronze in 2008. Past gold winners in the Best Alumni/Institution Magazine category include the University of Dayton, St. Olaf College and Indiana State University.
St. Thomas magazine is published three times a year by University Relations, and is staffed by Brian Brown (senior editor), Patty Petersen (managing editor), Mike Ekern (director of photography), Sara Klomp (designer), Doug Hennes, Bill Kirchgessner and Nadine Friederichs.
Photographer Mike Ekern was recognized for his individual work in the magazine, receiving two gold and one silver award for Excellence in Photography. Ekern’s photo of John Kascht (fall 2011) received the gold in the People and Portraits category. Ekern also won gold in the Sports category for his action shot of softball player Chandran Duffy sliding into home (fall 2011). He received a silver for his photo essay of artifacts of Ireland Hall in the winter 2012 issue.
The Council for Advancement and Support of Education will present the awards in Chicago on Dec. 10. District V includes colleges and universities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.