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National medal awarded to University of Portland's quarterly Portland Magazine

University of Portland’s quarterly Portland Magazine earned a 2012 national bronze medal for writing excellence from the international Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the premier trade association for higher education public relations, marketing, and fundraising efforts. Portland, edited by Brian Doyle since 1991, has now won a CASE national medal of some hue for 19 consecutive years, in addition to dozens of CASE awards for magazines in the Council’s Northwest district (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and western Canada).

“We’re honored and delighted,” said Doyle. “We are convinced not only that we have the finest writing of any university magazine in America, by far, but also writing that is honest, piercing, vulnerable, challenging, and moving catches at the essence of the University’s work. The University, in the end, is an idea factory devoted to creativity, healing, hope, and the billion ways to pray and sing holiness and grace; the magazine ought to catch that energy in writing, image, and spirit, seems to me. The medals are sweet because they are national applause. Also you can pour them on the president’s desk, where they make a most satisfying clinking sound. Lovely sound, that.”

Among the writers who have contributed to Portland Magazine over the years: Barry Lopez, Ian Frazier, Cynthia Ozick, Andre Dubus, Mary Lee Settle, Annie Dillard, Mary Oliver, Jan Morris, Pico Iyer, Colm Toibin, David James Duncan, Ursula Le Guin, Robin Cody, Rick Bass, Terry Tempest Williams, Joseph Epstein, and Edward Hoagland.

Portland Magazine , published by the University since 1984, was founded in its current form by John Soisson, and is mailed quarterly to all alumni and donors; readers interested in seeing it can visit the web (see or email the editor. The magazine cannot offer subscriptions, but welcomes new donors to the University’s Rise Campaign in support of student scholarships.

The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate school, and nationally accredited programs in the schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.

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