Wednesday May 17, 2006

A Winner

The University of Dayton Quarterly has been named one of the best alumni tabloids in the nation.

The University of Dayton Quarterly has been named one of the best alumni tabloids in the country.

UDQ won a gold medal in the "print external audience tabloids" category and a silver medal in the "periodicals resource management: tabloids and newsletters" category in the 2006 CASE Circle of Excellence Awards Program.

CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) is the largest nonprofit education association in the world.

Launched in 1992, UDQ is a perennial national award-winning publication. It has now won 18 national CASE awards; in 10 of its 15 years of existence, it has medaled in the category for overall excellence. When its nearly 100,000 readers were polled last year, they responded with high marks for the periodical, nearly four dozen pages of comments and the indication that they spend an average per person of 30 minutes with each issue.

The judges in the periodicals resource management category appreciated the attention to both journalistic quality and mission in the winning publications. "The winners could hold their own in any 'general periodicals' competition. They were well written and edited; had clean and engaging design; smart headlines; bold visuals; and interesting stories to tell. Each accomplished what its mission statement espoused. ... The Silver winner had no dedicated full-time staffers - but you'd never know it from their high quality: they appeared to be quite focused on the periodical," the judges wrote.

Tom Columbus edits UDQ. Frank Pauer is the art director. Larry Burgess provides photography, and every other member of the public relations staff contributes content. Deborah McCarty Smith directs the publications program.

Contact Tom Columbus at (937) 229-3241. Tom Columbus and Larry Burgess reside in Kettering; Frank Pauer lives in Dayton; and Deborah McCarty Smith resides in Oakwood.