School Magazine wins CASE Award

CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) recently announced the winners of its prestigious 2016 Awards of Excellence, which included a Silver Medal to Ojai’s Besant Hill School of Happy Valley in the “Digital Magazine” category. The annual awards program showcases best practices in alumni relations, fundraising, public relations, advancement services, special events, and communications. More than 500 entries were received and evaluated by a team of peer judges. The digital magazine category also included Silver Medals to Santa Clara University, and University of California, Davis. Bronze Medals were awarded to Harvey Mudd College, University of California, San Diego, and University of Southern California. No Gold Medals were awarded in this category.

“It’s truly an honor to be recognized along with these great schools,” remarked Dr. Randy Bertin, Head of School and editor of Aun Aprendo magazine. “My heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who contributes to the project, making it worthy of such recognition. It’s a true community effort, but special appreciation goes to Oliver Cornell our Design and Marketing Coordinator for helping to take this publication to the next level.”

student reading Aun Aprendo magazine

Above: Senior and Student Body Co-President Nile Hendrix-Whitmore sits with a printed version of the award-winning Summer 2015 issue of Aun Aprendo. Nile appeared on the cover as the subject of classmate Sienna Johnson’s digital arts final project.

Besant Hill has been digitally publishing Aun Aprendo newsletters for years but recently began developing a longer, magazine-style format. The title of the magazine is taken from the school motto “Aun Aprendo — I Am Still Learning” which originated from writer, philosopher, and school co-founder Aldous Huxley’s 1951 Commencement Address.

“Our school enjoys a rich history, and it’s such a beautiful campus. We have so many exciting events, performances, and quality student work happening throughout the year, resulting in plenty of wonderful content. Our newsletter naturally evolved into a more substantial publication,” reflected Cornell. “Our goal with Aun Aprendo is that it continues to be a creative collaboration between students, alumni, faculty, and staff in all departments. Having a digitally delivered magazine allows us to include links to additional articles, photo galleries, videos, and other content on our website. And it also saves paper!”

As a Gold Level California Green Ribbon school with an emphasis on teaching environmental sustainability, saving paper is important. Under 30 copies of each edition are printed, all on 100% recycled, FSC-certified paper. Aun Aprendo is published and shared digitally with the entire school community three times a year. Archived editions are available on the school website by visiting

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