The St. Thomas magazine won five major awards – one gold, two silver and two bronze – in the professional publications category at the seventh annual Minnesota Publishing Excellence Awards Nov. 6.

Winner of the gold (first-place) award for "Best Feature Article" was “The Onion of My Life" by Andy Pieper ’03 (spring issue 2003), written when Pieper was about to graduate. “We are especially happy that Andy was honored with this award,” said Pat Nemo, editor of the magazine. “We are pleased that Andy’s excellent writing was recognized by professional journalists, especially since most college magazines do not have students write main features.”

St. Thomas won silver (second-place) awards for “Best Regular Column” (“Final Thoughts” for summer 2002 by Brian Brown, winter 2003 by Matt Maruggi, and spring 2003 by Dr. Amy Smith), and for “Best Single Cover” (winter 2003, photo of runner Debbie Thometz Leyden; cover design by Sara Klomp).

The magazine also took bronze (third-place) awards for “Best Use of Visuals” (“Our Family Sabbatical in Africa” written by Dr. Kevin Sauter, photos by Susan Sauter and design by Sara Klomp, winter 2003) and for “Overall Excellence.”

Members of the magazine staff are Pat Nemo, Patty Petersen, Doug Hennes, Sara Klomp, Bill Kirchgessner, Joanne Herber, Brian Brown, Linda Shields and Phil Hoeppner. Roger Rich is the photographer. Dawn Sommers ’03 was the magazine intern for the issues that won the awards.

“Many faculty, staff and some students and alumni write for the magazine and we are very grateful to them for their contributions. They add a great deal in originality and scholarship,” Nemo said.

Sponsored by the Minnesota Magazine and Publications Association, the awards recognize and foster outstanding publishing achievements.