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October 2018

Illustration of a rhino from SC Magazine

Illustration of a rhino from SC Magazine

Santa Clara Magazine Takes Home Cover of the Year in FOLIO Awards

FOLIO awards for design and editorial excellence cap a year of national honors, including from Catholic Press Association, Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and more.

Santa Clara's alumni magazine cover took top honors in the publishing industry's OZZIE Awards. It's one of many national awards for Santa Clara Magazine this year.

 SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 26, 2018—In one of the top honors in the publishing industry, Santa Clara Magazine has earned an OZZIE Award for the best cover of any university magazine in the country.

At the annual FOLIO Magazine awards gala in New York on Oct. 9, Santa Clara Magazine also took home honorable mentions for overall design excellence, photography, and series of articles, with editor Steven Boyd Saum recognized for a body of work by a single writer.

FOLIO Magazine awards recognize editorial and design excellence and draw competition from major media corporations as well as independent publishers. Presented for more than two decades, they are include the EDDIE Awards, which honor editorial excellence, and the OZZIE Awards, which honor top design. Other winners this year included ESPN the Magazine, The Atlantic, Better Homes and Gardens, and AFAR.

Cover image from 2017 SC Magazine with tower on yellow background w/ smoke emanating

Santa Clara Magazine won the top cover award for its fall 2017 edition, which featured an illustration by artist Brian Stauffer on the theme “Justice for All.” Stauffer depicted the Washington Monument as a factory smokestack before an orange-colored sky—a spare and startling image. Stauffer regularly contributes work to The New York Times, TIME Magazine, The New Yorker, and other leading publications.

The cover feature story was by writer Deborah Lohse, “The Most Important Lawsuit on the Planet,” taking a deep dive into the case Juliana v. United States. The lawsuit is brought on behalf of 21 young people suing the U.S. government for understanding the dire consequences of climate change but pursuing policies that have worsened it.

The magazine also garnered a pair of honorable mentions in the EDDIE awards for editorial excellence:

  • Series of articles: “Aftermath of Disaster,” bringing together stories on how people have coped in the aftermath of the tragic Wine Country fires, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and the earthquake that struck near Mexico City in 2017. The writers honored were Kerry Benefield, John Nova Lomax, and Matt Morgan.
  • Body of work by a single writer: For a range of stories by editor Steven Boyd Saum, ranging from election observing in Belarus (the last dictatorship in Europe) to a look back at when the 101st Airborne was sent into Little Rock, Arkansas, to ensure nine African-American children could attend high school.

The magazine also brought several honorable mentions in the OZZIE awards for design:

  • Overall design excellence
    Cover: “The Good, the Bad, and the Kid,” illustrated by Tim O’Brien for the summer 2017 edition. It depicts Billy the Kid as a figure torn between good and evil—inspired by the most recent novel by writer Ron Hansen, who teaches at Santa Clara University.
  • Single edition design excellence: Summer 2017
    Photography: “Coffey Park” by photographer Noah Berger, Spring 2018

Setting “a Standard for the Entire Industry”

Santa Clara Magazine is no stranger to national awards this year.

In recent months the magazine was honored by its peers at other Jesuit universities as the top magazine published by a Jesuit university; and by the Catholic Press Association (CPA) with Alumni Magazine of the Year. CPA, which presented its awards in June, honored the magazine with 13 awards total, noting, “The bold and captivating design of this magazine is matched by equally strong writing and reporting.”

SC Magazine photo of flowing river and bridge

Also in June, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) honored the magazine with three national awards: gold medal for best designed university magazine, gold medal for photography (for Robin Mayoff’s photograph of the Yuba River, Spring 2017), and a bronze medal for editorial design for “Cut & Paste Conservation” by Emma Marris with illustrations by Jason Holley. Judges for the design award lauded the combination of compelling content, thought, and energy that goes into each issue and surmised: “The result is a magazine that sets a standard for the entire industry.”

Billy the Kid on pages of SC Magazine

In October, the University College and Design Association honored the magazine with an unprecedented ten awards of excellence: Summer 2017 won for cover design and for illustration by Tim O’Brien; Fall 2017 won for cover design, for an illustration by Brian Stauffer, and for overall design; Spring 2018 won for cover and overall design; and three editions were recognized as a group for design excellence. Awards also recognized illustrations by Edel Rodriguez (“Grounds for Detention,” Spring 2018) and Paul Blow (“Nobel Beginnings,” Spring 2018) and editorial design for “The Kid” (Summer 2017) featuring an illustration by Tim O’Brien.

Santa Clara Magazine is published by Santa Clara University. The print magazine has a circulation of over 100,000. Subscriptions are offered free of charge to alumni and friends of Santa Clara University. Complimentary copies are available by request at The magazine is also about to launch a reimagined digital magazine—the biggest transformation for its online presence in more than a decade.

The editorial team at the helm of the magazine includes editor Steven Boyd Saum and managing editor Leslie Griffy. The design team includes designer Jane Hambleton of Cuttriss & Hambleton, with consulting provided by DJ Stout, partner with global design firm Pentagram.

Before taking the helm at Santa Clara Magazine more than a decade ago, Saum served as editor-in-chief at The Commonwealth Club of California, where he founded the organization’s magazine and edited the collection of speeches Each a Mighty Voice. He has written for Orion, The Believer, Salon, and other publications, and he is a three-time champion on Jeopardy!

Leslie Griffy joined the editorial team in 2018. She is a journalist with extensive experience in print and digital, including The Mercury News and Chicago Sun-Times, as well as producing stories for radio.

About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in Californiaís Silicon Valley, offers its more than 9,000 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering; masterís degrees in business, education, counseling psychology, pastoral ministry, and theology; and law degrees and engineering doctoral degrees. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. masterís universities, Californiaís oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see

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An illustration by Jason Holley for Santa Clara Magazine's Spring 2017 edition was one of numerous entries to win national awards for excellence this year.