Montanan Magazine Claims Pair of Awards

February 04, 2015

MISSOULA – The Montanan, the magazine of the University of Montana, recently earned awards in competitions from two higher education organizations.

Montanan Editor-in-Chief John Heaney was recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VIII with a Silver Award for his editorial short, titled “Coming Full Circle,” which appeared in the fall 2013 issue.

Heaney’s piece featured legendary UM alumna Emma Lommasson and an ornate serving platter she received as a wedding gift in 1940. Lommasson, now 103 years old, recently gifted the platter to Mary Engstrom, wife of UM President Royce Engstrom, who currently resides in the home where Lommasson was living when she originally received the platter. The whole story can be read here:

“Emma is a UM treasure,” Heaney said. “It was an absolute treat to visit with her and to be able to tell the story of the platter.”

The CASE District VIII Awards competition includes entries from more than 130 institutions across the northwest United States and western Canada.

The Montanan also won a Silver Award for general excellence in the 2015 Collegiate Advertising Awards competition in the “Magazine Series” category for issues released during 2014. The Collegiate Advertising Awards honor higher education organizations for excellence in communications, marketing, advertising and promotions of their institutions. This year’s contest had more than 900 entries from across the U.S., representing educational facilities from small community colleges to large universities.

Produced by University Relations at UM, the Montanan is sent to more than 100,000 alumni, friends and readers with ties to the University. It is published three times per year and can be found online at

Contact: John Heaney, Montanan magazine editor-in-chief, 406-243-2488,