The Catholic University of America

June 1, 2007

CUA Magazine Wins National Awards

Each May the Catholic Press Association hands out awards in numerous categories to Catholic magazines, newspapers and book publishers to recognize the very best. This year, the association judged two articles in Catholic University's alumni periodical, CUA Magazine, to be the year's best in their respective categories. Another CUA Magazine article won a second-place award and the magazine received four additional honorable mentions.

The award for the best essay in a professional or special-interest magazine went to CUA's president, Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., for his Fall 2006 essay titled "A Father's Final Lesson." "His piece stands above the rest of the entries due to the power of his writing and the lessons he shares in a piece that wastes no words," the judge wrote.

The award for the year's best personality profile went to CUA Magazine managing editor Richard Wilkinson, for his Fall 2006 article "Embracing Adventure" about CUA alumnus Gus McLeod, the first man ever to fly an open-cockpit plane to the North Pole.

"Wilkinson tells the archetypal tale of a man who summons the courage to make a huge change in his life - and allows that change to transform him," wrote the association's judge."

The magazine's Fall 2006 essay titled "Thinking Pink: A First-Year Report on Teaching High School" by CUA alumna Emily (Oren) Lowe took second place in the same category as Father O'Connell's essay. "Readers could tell Lowe had fun writing it and therefore could join in the fun," wrote the judge.

CUA Magazine also earned honorable mentions in the categories of "general excellence," "best feature article" (for associate editor Carol Casey's Summer 2006 article "A Midsummer's Sustenance: Literary Finds From Five CUA Writers"), "best cover" and "best illustration with art work or photo" (these last two awards being for the Spring 2006 cover collage created by the magazine's art director, Donna Hobson).

To read judges' complete comments on CUA's first place and second place finishes in the Catholic Press Association contest, see