Michael Penn of the CALS communication team won one writing award and shared in another in competition sponsored by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. Penns awards were for articles published in On Wisconsin, the UW-Madisons quarterly alumni magazine. Penn was a senior editor for On Wisconsin before coming to CALS in January.
Penn also shares in a grand gold medal won by On Wisconsin in the CASE Periodicals Staff Writing for External Audiences category. The On Wisconsin entry for this category included five stories. Three of the five were written by Penn: the Yoshi Kawaoka story; another, The Year of Unfortunate Events, explored the universitys eroding relationship with the state legislature; a third, The Life of Pie, looked at the history of the campuss favorite sweet treat fudge-bottom pie.
The staff writing category received 53 entries from around the country this year, including a number from the some of the nations top-tier universities. The judges conferred two bronze medals, two silver medals and two gold medals. On Wisconsin was the only magazine selected to receive the grand gold.
According to the CASE awards competition coordinator, A grand gold medal is given when the judges feel that an entry is head and shoulders above any of the other entries received in a category.
Penn is now developing a new four-color magazine for alumni and friends of the college. The first issue will be published in the fall of 2007.