Boston College Magazine Is Among The Nation's Best

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

Boston College Magazine has been recognized as one of the seven best university magazines in the country. The honor is one of several national awards recently won by the Office of Publications and Print Marketing.

BCM won a silver medal in the recent Council for the Advancement and Support of Education national awards competition. Of the 91 entrants in the "University Magazine" category, just seven were awarded medals.

BCM staff includes Photography Director Gary Gilbert, Art Director Susan Callaghan, Editor Ben Birnbaum and Senior Editor Charlotte Bruce Harvey. (Photo by Lee Pellegrini)
In addition to the overall award, the magazine earned a gold medal for staff writing by OPPM Director and BCM Editor Ben Birnbaum, Senior Editor Charlotte Bruce Harvey and Associate Editor Bruce Morgan. CASE cited two BCM articles in its "Best Articles of the Year" category, awarding a silver medal for Harvey's fall 1995 article "Terms of Endearment," and a bronze for "Native Son" by David Plante '61, which appeared in the spring 1995 edition. The magazine also received a bronze medal in the "Theme Issue" category for its winter 1996 issue on the Irish famine.

Other magazine staff are Art Director Susan Callaghan, Design Director Jana Milbocker, Photography Director Gary Gilbert, Senior Writer John Ombelets and Clare Dunsford, a contributing writer who is a part-time faculty member in the English Department.

CASE also bestowed a silver medal on the 1994-95 Boston College Annual Report, Cornerstone: The Emerging Campus of Boston College , which was produced by OPPM.

Boston College Magazine also earned two first place honors in the recent Educational Press Association of America awards competition. Birnbaum won the "Editorial Series" award for his "Prologue" column, while Morgan earned top honors in the "Feature Profile" category for his story on Peter Callahan '96.

"We are very proud of the accomplishments of the OPPM staff," said Vice President for University Relations Mary Lou DeLong. "They produce high-quality, professional work and are truly deserving of this recognition from two such prestigious national organizations."

"The central conceit of the magazine, as opposed to other publications, is that it's the University itself, so the awards have a double meaning," Birnbaum said. "This is a risky, public business, and we're proud and happy for each other and thankful to a university that insists we try to publish things that people will want to read."

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