Notre Dame Magazine, Strategic Content honored with CASE awards

by Monika Spalinski

Notre Dame Magazine spring 2015 cover

Notre Dame Magazine, a quarterly publication of the University of Notre Dame, received three awards from the annual assembly of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The University’s new Office of Strategic Content was also honored with a medal.

Tara Hunt, a 2012 Notre Dame graduate, was a platinum finalist for the CASE gold award for the best article of the year for “The Gamer,” a story in the Spring 2015 issue on 2012 Notre Dame graduate Sarah Brenzel, whose experiences of coping with severe brain diseases as an adolescent have led her to a successful career creating video games.

John Nagy, a 2000 MA Notre Dame graduate, was awarded the bronze medal for the best article of the year for his Autumn 2014 article, “The Bellmaker,” about graduate student Benjamin Sunderlin.

An honorable mention award was also given to John Rudolf, a freelance writer from Maine, for his piece “Trouble in the Air” written about 1982 graduate Norma Kreilein, a pediatrician from southern Indiana who is challenging utility companies and local governments about public health issues relating to children.

The Office of Strategic Content was honored with a gold medal in the “Best Website, Individual Page” category for its story on artist Maxim Kantor, written by Andy Fuller, designed by Nevin McElwrath and developed by Erik Runyon.

Four Notre Dame Magazine essays were also cited in the 2015 edition of Best American Essays, an annual volume that draws from notable essays from across the country:

  • Songs,” published in the Autumn 2014 issue, written by Mark Phillips about the diminished mental capacities of his wife.
  • All in Due Time,” an article about the art of procrastination by Andrew Santella.
  • Why We Love Sports,” a piece written by David Shribman, an editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, published in Summer 2014.
  • My Two Emilys” written by 2001 Notre Dame MFA graduate Mike Smith for the Winter 2014 issue about how he handled and coped with cancer and death within his family.

CASE is one of the world’s largest international nonprofit associations of education institutions, serving almost 81,000 advancement professionals across more than 3,600 universities, colleges, schools and related organizations in over 80 countries. It is the leading source of professional development, information and standards in the fields of education, fundraising, communications, marketing and alumni relations.