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VisCom students clean up at national design contest

April 27, 2007
By Andrew Johnson

Seeds of ChangeFor students in the School of Visual Communication, hard work and ingenuity are all in a day's work. That commitment to excellence stood strong when students faced the nation's best and took home more awards than any other college or university in the Edmund C. Arnold Society for News Design MSU Affiliate 2007 Design Contest for College Students in March. 


The winners:
  • Lisa Bookwalter: first place, feature page; second place, promotions
  • Alyce Jones: second place, feature page; honorable mentions, feature page
  • Allison Achberger: second place, feature page
  • Maria Averion: honorable mention, feature page; honorable mention, art and illustration
  • Tim Meko: first place, sports page; honorable mention, art and illustration; honorable mention, infographics
  • Hannah Levy: second place, art and illustration
  • Carol North: third place, art and illustration
  • Lauren Kuntz: honorable mention, art and illustration
  • Elizabeth Brown: second place, infographics
  • Maggie Lyon: third place, infographics
  • Jennifer Joseph: honorable mention, infographics
  • Chelsea Wickline: honorable mention, special sections


VisCom students walked away with 18 awards, soundly defeating not only their opponents but also their own previous (and impressive) records. Michigan State University students, with 10 awards, earned the second-most number of honors.

"SND is the significant international organization for newspaper and publications design," said Terry Eiler, director of the School of Visual Communication. "The win underlines we're not just a one-trick pony: We enjoy an international reputation in our photojournalism program, and we have an equally demanding program in graphics and page design."

Hosted by Michigan State, the national competition, judged this year by staff members of The Detroit Free Press, recognizes excellence in a number of categories, including front page design, features page, sports page, art and illustration, advertisements and photojournalism. Students from around the country submit work done for a campus paper, internship, job or class.

Weekender"I am so proud of our students. Winning for my students and me means that our push toward excellence has been recognized by respected professional judges in the industry and acknowledges our standing as being one of the top design programs," Associate Professor Terence Oliver said. "It encourages us to keep striving for excellence and raising the bar."

Oliver said 15 of the 18 awards were earned by projects completed in his winter-quarter advanced design class.

"To have some validation outside of school really makes me feel like I've accomplished something," said student Timothy Meko. "This level of success can only help our reputation at large and will help (students) in the future."

NCAAAlyce Jones, another winner, shared Meko's excitement.

"I think the amount of winners we had this year from our VisCom program really reflects the time and dedication our students and faculty commit themselves to," Jones said.

Andrew Johnson is a student writer with University Communications and Marketing.


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