University Publications Earn National Honors

University Publications Earn National Honors

By Reid Oslin
Staff Writer

Four Boston College publications have been honored for overall excellence in an annual contest sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, an international professional organization.

The Boston College Law Magazine, edited by Vicki Sanders, won a silver medal in the CASE District I magazine category competition.

A silver medal in the booklet category went to the Undergraduate Admission Office's "Explore the Possibilities" brochure, prepared for AHANA program candidates by Senior Assistant Admission Director Shamikhah Dean and associate directors Paul Bonitto and Grant Gosselin.

The Law School's 2001 Viewbook, edited by Law School Communications Manager Nathaniel Kenyon, took a bronze medal in the viewbook competition.

The Office of Marketing Communications won a bronze medal for the University's Annual Report. OMC also provided technical and design assistance to the award winning Undergraduate and Law School admission publications.

The Boston College Law Magazine was selected for the CASE honor from among more than 60 magazine entries in the competition. It is the first such award for the 10-year-old publication, which underwent a redesign last year.
"We wanted to create a better sense of 'place' in the magazine," said Sanders of the redesign. "We wanted to better use photographs, illustrations and artwork - in addition to text - to create a sense of our environment.

"We also wanted to start including issues and trends in law that would be of interest to a broader audience," she said.

The "Explore the Possibilities" brochure, which contains observations and comments illustrating the wide variety of educational, leadership and service opportunities available to AHANA students at BC, was designed to make prospective students "feel like they are having a conversation with our students and graduates," said Dean.

"We have gotten many, many compliments [on the publication] from prospective students. We have found it to be very effective for us."

Kenyon said the new Law School guide expresses "that our approach to teaching the law built a foundation of knowledge, a way of thinking creatively and an appreciation of professional responsibility, which would allow our graduates to succeed anywhere."

Discussing the Annual Report's award, Office of Marketing Communications Executive Director Ben Birnbaum said, "We focused on our graduate students in this edition. That's a group that sometimes does not get a lot of attention at Boston College."

Birnbaum added that while OMC provided design assistance to several other of BC's winning publications, "it's a tribute to the people in each of those offices for their imagination and willingness to do good things."


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