The summer edition of UConn Magazine is hot off the press and celebrates the school’s recent NCAA men’s basketball championship in a special way.
This edition of the magazine boasts five different covers, each commemorating the Huskies in a unique way. The UConn Magazine team, part of University Communications, chose to do five covers to reflect the number of NCAA championships won by the Husky men in their history.
“We really wanted to seize the moment with the timing of the issue and do something fun,” says Lisa Stiepock, the magazine’s editor. “A total of 16 championships for the men and women since 1995 — it deserves something extra, starting with a triumphant cover. We worked with the staff at University Communications and ended up with five concepts we really liked.”
“They were all so good, we were having a hard time choosing one,” says associate editor Julie Bartucca ’10 (BUS, CLAS), ’19 MBA.
Stiepock says: “So we decided to make a little UConn Magazine history and print all five covers to celebrate win number five.”
The magazine has a total print circulation of approximately 235,000 and the distribution of each cover will be entirely random and not by ZIP code, graduation year, or last name, for example.
The five covers are:
- A pair of illustrations, by freelance illustrators Shaw Nielsen and Wenjia Tang, based on original concepts by UConn designer John Bailey, and a third photo illustration by UConn Magazine art director Christa Yung and UConn designer Andrew Janavey, all declaring UConn the “Basketball Capital of the World;”
- An illustration depicting a cut basketball net in the shape of the DNA helix — stating “It’s in our DNA” – by freelance artist Chris Gash; and
- A photograph of a hand with UConn’s five NCAA championship rings by UConn photographer Peter Morenus. The fifth ring is a stand-in, the actual 2023 design will be revealed this fall.
The online version of the magazine is also available now, and there is a special website for Husky faithful to purchase prints of the five magazine covers as well as commemorative items such as coffee mugs, notebooks, apparel, stickers, and a poster with all five covers.
The interior of the magazine sports an eight-page spread on the national championship, “noting our place as the basketball capital of the world,” says Stiepock. “Don’t just take my word for it, read what CBS Sports’ Jim Nantz has to say inside our summer issue.”