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MSU magazine wins honors at national competition

July 11, 2017

Mountains and Minds fall 2016 cover - Mountains and Minds, MSU’s flagship magazine produced in-house by University Communications staff members, received a bronze medal at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s 2017 national Circle of Excellence awards program. It is the four It is the fourth consecutive year the magazine produced in-house by MSU University Communications has placed in the national competition.

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Montana State University’s flagship magazine produced in-house by MSU University Communications staff members, medaled at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s 2017 national Circle of Excellence awards program.

Mountains and Minds, won a bronze medal for the best general interest magazine with a circulation of fewer than 29,999. It is the fourth consecutive year that MSU’s magazine has placed in the top 12 in the national competition for university magazines, regardless of public or private institutions and size of circulation.

Judges in the competition praised the magazine’s link to the Montana landscape and for delivering a message that resonates with readers and reinforces a bond with MSU.

“Mountains and Minds’ goal of rising ‘to the top of the stack on the coffee tables of (its) readers’ is met with arresting photography and reflects the area, providing a real sense of place,” the judges said in their statement. “The thoughtful presentations throughout are a prime example of using resources wisely.”

Earlier this year, Mountains and Minds received the CASE District VIII gold award for the best magazine in its circulation category for colleges and universities in the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada.

The 2017 CASE Circle of Excellence competition garnered more than 3,360 entries from more than 200 institutions in the U.S. and 16 other countries, according to the organization’s website.  

Carol Schmidt, (406) 994-1966, cschmidt@montana.edu