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SU's Robust Graphic Design Program Continues to Dazzle Judges

August 6, 2007

SELINSGROVE, (Pa.) – From 0-65 in 4.0 years: this has been the enrollment growth in the graphic design program at Susquehanna University since its introduction in the fall of 2003. But according to Mark Fertig, assistant professor and chair of the Department of Art, “The program's popularity among new students is tempered by a desire to provide graphic design majors with one-on-one attention and the close student-faculty collaboration indicative of a Susquehanna education. So, while the program will boast a healthy enrollment of 65 majors, including 14 new students, this fall, the number represents steady enrollment reflective of the program's selectivity.”

This selectivity is evident in the high quality work being produced by its majors. Several students earned high honors for their work last year and will have their designs placed in national and international publications.

Katie Lesser, a 2007 graduate from Schnecksville, Pa., recently won a gold medal at the regional ADDY competition in New York City, paving the way for her participation in nationals. The student ADDY awards competition gives college students the opportunity to be judged as industry professionals are from across the country.

Lesser also contributed to Susquehanna's strong performance at the Greater Frederick Advertising Federation's (GFAF) ADDY competition earlier this year. SU's graphic design majors earned 17 of the 27 total student awards, more than all the other schools combined at the competition. Among the award winners was 2007 graduate Jordan Mollot, of Chestnut Ridge, N.Y., who won the Best of Show gold award and a $500 prize.

In April, nine students earned recognition at the 32nd annual Art Director's Club of Metropolitan Washington's “Real Show.” Ten of the 31 exhibited pieces were created by SU students, more than any other school attending the competition. The winners included rising senior Kelly Ely, of Jersey Shore, Pa, and rising junior Anne Toal, of Haverton, Pa., who received silver medals, and rising junior Joe Pilcavage, of Carbondale, Pa., who received a gold medal. The other students who placed in the competition were 2007 graduates Lesser and Amanda Lenig, of Liverpool, Pa.; rising seniors Jessie Stoltzfus, of Marysville, Pa., Steven Semanchik, of Frackville, Pa., and Courtney Thibeault, of Brielle, N.J.; and rising junior Tracy Brauner, of Palm, Pa. Susquehanna's placement in the competition topped that of such schools as American University, Pennsylvania State University and James Madison University.

For the second consecutive year, SU students also earned high honors at the national American Corporate Identity (ACID) competition. Susquehanna had 21 pieces selected for publication by Harper Collins. The book, in which the pieces are showcased, is distributed internationally and sold in major bookstores around the world.

Last fall, 2006 graduate Nick Stephenson, a native of Montclair, N.J., who resides in Selinsgrove, Pa., and serves as associate director of admissions at Susquehanna University, won four gold medals at the annual CREATE magazine student competition. His work appeared in the November/December issue of the magazine. In addition, Leslie Hanson, a rising senior from New York City, had three pieces juried into the student section of the CREATIVITY annual, which will be published by Harper Collins later this year.

Contact: Victoria Kidd
570-372-4119

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