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SCAN magazine rakes in regional awards

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SCAN, the magazine of St. Catherine University, won 11 awards at the 17th Annual Minnesota Magazine and Publishing Association (MMPA) Excellence Awards gala Nov. 7. The magazine competed in the “Education over 30,000 (readers)” category.

In addition, the magazine earned a silver award for feature writing in the prestigious Pride of CASE V awards, announced in October. The regional award recognized St. Catherine staff member Sharon Rolenc’s story “For the Love of the Read,” which appeared in the February 2013 issue of SCAN

Rolenc’s story focused on how three independent bookstore owners — all St. Catherine alumnae — manage to thrive in an era when independent bookstores are in decline and e-readers have reduced sales of traditional books. Rolenc also took the photos that accompanied the article.

The annual awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education will be presented at the CASE V conference in Chicago in December. The University of Dayton (Ohio), Miami University and the University of Iowa also won awards in the CASE V feature-writing category.

Big night at MMPA

During an evening when SCAN took home an unprecedented number of awards, the highlight of the MMPA event was a sweep of the feature design category, with gold, silver and bronze awards. SCAN, the acronym for St. Catherine Alumnae News, has earned successively more awards each year since it first entered the MMPA competition in 2008.

“Our goal with every issue is to improve upon what we’ve done before,” said Amy Gage, director of marketing and communications and executive editor of the magazine. “Even in a digital age, our alumnae tell us they love to receive the magazine. It’s a tangible way to showcase the transformative education we offer at St. Kate’s and to keep alumnae engaged with the University.”

Awards earned for the three issues produced in the 2012–13 academic year were:

  • Bronze for overall excellence.
  • Bronze for best cover — freelance photographer Sher Stoneman took the winning shot (liturgical dancers) for the February 2013 issue.
  • Bronze for feature article — “True to Form,” written by senior writer Andy Steiner, describes how the University refurbishes historic buildings as its priorities and student needs change.
  • Gold for feature design — Art director Jessica Gallo was responsible for the design in “A Week to Remember,” which vividly captures the November 2012 Opus Prize celebration at St. Kate’s through prose by Steiner and photographs by Stoneman.
  •  Silver for feature design — “A Source of Strength"; Gallo tapped freelancer Jenna Freimuth for the colorful illustrations that accompanied former multimedia specialist Melissa Kaelin’s writing.
  • Bronze for feature design — “The Womanly Arts"; Gallo collaborated with SCAN managing editor Pauline Oo on choosing which paintings to showcase from the University's fine arts collection; photography was by Maria Ignacio ’13 and freelancer Richard Fleischman.
  • Silver for regular column — “Faculty Speak” highlights a professor’s research or academic program in first-person prose. Two were based on interviews conducted by freelance writer Christina Cavitt.
  • Bronze for regular column — “Favorite Places,” a photography-driven feature, shares ideas from students, faculty and staff on their favorite location on either of St. Kate’s two campuses.
  • Bronze for single-page or spread design — Gallo was responsible for the winning “Shout Out, in Style!” spread featuring photos by Rebecca Zenefski ’10 and reporting by Sharon Rolenc, managing editor of St. Kate’s News Wire. The design captures Shout Out St. Kate’s Day last March 7 at the Mall of America, which Rolenc conceived and organized.
  • Silver for typography — “From the Heart of Campus,” June 2013; this news section in the front of the magazine was designed by Gallo and edited/written by Oo.
  • Bronze for typography — “Mission Critical,” designed by Gallo and written by freelancer Amy Lindgren ’83.

SCAN is published three times each academic year: in October, February and June.


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Nov. 8, 2013 by Pauline Oo

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