Widener Magazine has been awarded recognition for a feature article in the spring 2010 issue. The Council of Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District II Accolades Awards granted a bronze medal in the Best Article category for “The Raudenbushes — A Widener Family’s Story of Love, War, Loss, and Recovery.”
The article tells the story of alumni Casey and Nate Raudenbush who met as undergrads at Widener in 2001, graduated together in 2005, married, and had a son, Jackson in 2006. The Army deployed Nate to Iraq in 2007 and he was killed by a roadside bomb in 2008. I reported and wrote the story, but could not have done it without the generous cooperation of Casey Raudenbush. She spent a great deal of time with me and had no reservations about sharing her story. Her strength impresses me still. I also had great support from my peers in Widener’s University Relations Department who read and commented on the much longer than usual article (early drafts numbered more than 3,000 words.)
CASE District II has more than 700 member institutions, and is the largest of the national organization’s districts. Click here to see the entire list of this year’s winners (Best Article winners are listed in category 39).
This award continues a trend of award-winning work in Widener Magazine. Mary Allen, public relations officer at Widener Law, won a bronze CUPPIE award in the Feature Article category for the article “Hometown Proud,” which appeared in the Spring 2009 issue. The article focused on Vice President Joseph Biden Jr. and the Selected Topics in Constitutional Law course that he taught at Widener Law as an adjunct professor.
The spring 2008 issue of the magazine also won a Bronze CUPPIE Award for excellence in magazines.
–Sam Starnes, Editor