BELMONT â€“ Belmont Abbey Collegeâ€™s alumni magazine, â€œCrossroads,â€™ has earned high honors for the second year in a row, garnering three Communicator Awards in the 2005 Print Media competition.
The college won two Awards of Distinction for its Winter/Spring 2004 issue in the categories of best magazine for an educational institution and best magazine for a non-profit. It also won an honorable mention for best writing for a magazine.
â€œWe are certainly proud of the recognition,â€ says Belmont Abbey Collegeâ€™s director of alumni and parent relations, Fran Kirk PiÑeros â€˜99.
Belmont Abbey Collegeâ€™s director of public relations agrees.
â€œOur goal for the magazine has always been to reach the Abbeyâ€™s alumni in a meaningful way,â€ says Teresa Sowers, the magazineâ€™s editor-in-chief. â€œFrom the redesign of the magazine to putting more of their personal stories in print, itâ€™s a true product of the Abbey â€“ we couldnâ€™t be more proud.â€
The Communicator Awards is an international awards competition that recognizes outstanding work in the communications field with entries judged by industry professionals. Belmont Abbey College was chosen from among 5,078 entries in this yearâ€™s competition from advertising agencies, corporate communications departments, educational institutions, government entities, designers, writers, video production professionals, broadcast and cable operations and other businesses throughout the country.
Crossroads is published bi-annually by the office of public relations with assistance from alumni office and the development office.
The magazine features success stories of alumni and current students of the Abbey and includes; news, sports, arts, calendar events, alumni news, and open letters from the college president, the abbot and alumni president.
The Award of Distinction is awarded for projects that exceed industry standards in communicating a message or idea. Approximately 19 percent of the entries won this award. Honorable mention certificates are granted to those entries that meet the high standards of the industry. Approximately 10 percent of entries were honorable mention winners.
In 2004, Belmont Abbey College won three Awards of Distinction and two honorable mentions for its 2003 Winter issue.
Founded in 1876, Belmont Abbey is ranked one of the best liberal arts colleges in the South by U.S. News and World Report. It is home to students from over 34 states and 17 countries. It is inspired by the Benedictine monastic tradition and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The college and its Abbey Basilica greet thousands of visitors each year.