July 03, 2017

This month The Catholic University of America was honored with multiple awards recognizing web stories on the University homepage, The Catholic University of America Magazine, and University marketing and advertising plans, all executed by the Office of Marketing and Communications.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), an international association of higher education institutions, named the University a silver award winner of its 2017 Circle of Excellence Awards program. The University was honored for senior graphic designer Kristin Reavey’s design of the Admit Pack, which is mailed to newly admitted students to welcome them to the University.  

The University was also honored with 11 awards from the Catholic Press Association (CPA), which represents more than 600 member organizations in the United States and Canada. Those awards were announced at CPA’s annual Catholic Media Conference held June 20-23 in Quebec, Canada.

The CPA awards included four writing awards in the category of Best Feature Article in an Alumni Magazine. Senior writer Katie Bahr was honored with a first place award for “The Things they Remember,” and a third place award for “Breaking the Chains.” Ellen Woods, director of Creative Services, received a second place award for “Freedom Fighters” and an honorable mention for “Art Inspired by Illness.”

The Catholic University of America Magazine received a second place honor in the category of Best Layout of article or column, National general interest magazine, for the staff’s design of “Breaking the Chains” in the Summer 2016 issue; as well as a second place award for Best Magazine Cover for the Fall 2016 issue, which honored longtime athletic director Franny Murray.

The Magazine received an honorable mention in the category of Alumni Magazine of the Year.

University photographer Dana Rene Bowler was awarded a first place prize in the category of Best Online Photo Content for her photo coverage of the 2016 Commencement ceremonies. The University also received two honorable mentions and a second place award in the category of Best Online Written Content for Spotlight and Catholic Mind profiles written throughout the year.

Another first-place honor was awarded to the University’s 2017 annual report, “Living Laudato Si.” The University also received a third place award for the commemorative booklet, “The Historic Visit of Pope Francis,” which was mailed to all members of the University community in 2016.

The Catholic University of America Press won first place in the Ecumenism or Interfaith Relations book category for Nostra Aetate: Celebrating 50 Years of the Catholic Church's Dialogue with Jews and Muslims by Pim Valkenberg, and Anthony Cirelli, editors. Valkenberg is professor of religion and culture at Catholic University. A Commentary on Laudato Si' by Monsignor Kevin Irwin, research professor, theology, won second place in the Association of Catholic Publisher's Excellence in Publishing Awards in the theology category.

Lastly, the University received an honorable mention for Best Ad Copywriting for the advertisement “Discover Catholic University,” which was written by Jackie Malcolm, associate vice president for marketing and communications, and Narguess Moasser, marketing manager.