Editor's Note

You are holding the latest incarnation of Holy Cross Magazine. After months of research, focus groups, brainstorming and discussion, we set about refreshing the look and content of HCM without losing what has been at its core since issue one in 1927: storytelling. (Quick history lesson: Holy Cross Magazine started as a newsletter called The Alumnus in 1927, then changed to Crossroads in 1967. We became Holy Cross Magazine in 1997.) 

Throughout this issue, you’ll see notes explaining new sections and features, including “Snapshot” (the opening spread of the expanded Campus Notebook section), on Page 6, “Artifact” on Page 96 and “Mystery Photo” on Page 66. We’ve added an opening spread where you’ll find a letter from Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of the College, in each issue. 

In terms of design, from the start, designer Stephen Albano wanted a look that reflected the tradition and elite academic reputation of Holy Cross, but at the same time worked in unique new elements. Why don’t I turn this Editor’s Note over to Stephen, so he can share his thoughts on this venture? 

From Stephen:

In this refreshed design, I’ve tried to give Holy Cross Magazine a look that is clean and classic, yet bold and modern, reflecting my own aesthetic as a designer, but more importantly, the spirit of the College. 

My goal for this new design was flow: to let you consume all the words that our team has written for you without sacrificing any visual appeal, and to let you digest the content with a better design hierarchy (bolder photos, modern fonts, reorganized sections), and above all, thoughtfulness. 

As the designer of an alumni magazine not from my own alma mater (I’m actually a “Clarkie,” a graduate of Clark University right down the hill), I have enjoyed learning in the past three years just how purple you are. I hope you’ll find this in the pages of this redesign.

Finally, we tucked a little surprise for you in this issue: a set of four postcards for sending or framing. If you like them, we could make it an annual feature, so let us know what you think!

All the best from Mount St. James,

Suzanne Morrissey, editor and Stephen Albano, designer



HCM Steps into the Circle of Excellence

Thank you to all the Holy Cross Magazine readers who have congratulated our staff on our recent national Circle of Excellence award, given by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). CASE honored the Magazine with a bronze award in the editorial design category. The winning spread, created by HCM designer Stephen Albano, was the opener for “He Was One of Us” in the Fall 2013 issue. The feature captured alumni memories as the nation noted the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, and Albano created a photo mosaic of Kennedy using the portraits of every member of the Class of 1964. Inspired by a the quote, “He was one of us,” in the story, Albano visually brought the notion to life with his design. CASE Circle of Excellence winners are chosen based on criteria including creativity, innovation, layout and design, four elements we strive to bring to each issue.  And while awards are always wonderful, our most important feedback comes from you, the readers. So please take a moment to let us know what you think of this issue. —Suzanne Morrissey, editor, hcmag@holycross.edu