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Susquehanna University’s Graphic Designers Begin Another Winning Year

Published on March 13, 2014

Forget the Oscars. Susquehanna University graphic design students took home more awards during Academy Awards weekend than any of this year’s celebrated films. Their accolades came during the American Advertising Federation’s Greater Frederick (Md.) ADDY Awards ceremony on March 1. Thirteen of the 20 ADDYs in the student competition, including the coveted Judges’ Choice and Best of Show awards, were won by Susquehanna students.ADDY Awards

Joey Vivacqua, a junior from Frackville, Pa., won a gold ADDY and Best of Show, which includes a $500 prize, for his Ultimate Rivalry DVD packaging design. Colton Schools, a senior from Wyalusing, Pa., took home a gold ADDY and the Judges’ Choice Award for his Elmer Gantry theater poster. Schools also received a gold ADDY for his Death of a Salesman poster and a silver ADDY for his Gaslight Anthem poster and JFK book jacket.

Two more gold awards went to Loren Schott, a junior from Drums, Pa., and Krystal Duke, a senior from Middleburg, Pa. Schott won for her potato chips packaging design, and Duke won for her Café Vienna packaging design.

Silver ADDYs were awarded to senior Katie Ragan, of Randolph, N.J., for her Gypsy magazine design; senior Erica Simon, of Succasunna, N.J., for her ladybug stationery and Comicon ad campaign; and junior Eleni Dimou, of Center Valley, Pa., for her Ichabod IPA beer packaging design.

Mark Fertig, associate professor and chair of the Department of Art who founded and leads the graphic design program at Susquehanna, says it was a “huge night” for him because both students and alumni of Susquehanna’s graphic design program were top winners. Robert “Robby” Prall, a 2009 grad of the program, and Seth Sirbaugh, a former student of Fertig’s at Shepherd University in West Virginia, won Best of Show and the Judges’ Choice awards in the professional competition. Calling them “two great friends of our program,” Fertig said Prall and Sirbaugh spend a day each fall at Susquehanna University conducting workshops with student designers.

Fertig also offered kudos to the art department faculty, calling particular attention to adjunct faculty member Amanda Lenig, a 2009 graduate of the program who also serves as the university’s creative services manager. “Amanda is a wonderful designer and teacher,” Fertig said, noting that nearly all of the packaging design winners, including Best of Show, came from her class. “Students can only do great work if they have great projects, and Amanda’s newest DVD project is a real hall of famer,” he added. “We are very lucky to have her, and I’m proud to have been her teacher.”

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