March 26, 2015
Susquehanna University graphic design students walked away with the majority of awards during the American Advertising Federation's Greater Frederick (Md.) ADDY Awards ceremony on March 13. Thirteen of the 15 ADDYs in the student competition, including the coveted Judges' Choice and Best of Show awards, were won by Susquehanna students-just as they were last year.
Making this year's awards all the more special was the fact that Susquehanna's students learned of their accolades during their senior show in the presence of many of their family members. It made up for the fact that they were unable to attend the awards event in person, due to a snowstorm.
"The students had no idea that we were going to do that, so it ended up being a nice surprise for them," said Mark Fertig, associate professor and chair of the Department of Art at Susquehanna. "It was great that the students who received awards were able to hear their names mentioned in front of their friends and families."
Loren Schott, a senior from Drums, Pa., won a gold ADDY and Best of Show, which includes a $500 prize, for her design of the Ocean Conservancy annual report.
Eleni Dimou, a senior from Center Valley, Pa., won a gold ADDY and the Judge's Choice Award for her Bates Motel cable TV glossy magazine ad campaign.
Other award winners were:
- Steve Arhontoulis, a senior from Coopersburg, Pa., gold ADDY, Native Market, identity and packaging campaign
- Eleni Dimou, gold ADDY, Lady Bugs clothing boutique, corporate identity package
- Kelsey McManimon, a senior from Newtown, Pa., gold ADDY, theater poster for Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman; gold ADDY, A Period of Adjustment, Tennessee Williams theater poster; silver ADDY, Adventure Time for Cartoon Network glossy magazine ad campaign
- Erin McGarrah, a junior from Mount Kisco, N.Y., silver ADDY, Native Market, identity and packaging campaign
- Loren Schott, silver ADDY, Centric (BET on JAZZ) promotional posters
- Joey Vivacqua, a senior from Frackville, Pa., silver ADDY, Trouble at the Pump, feature magazine spreads
- Alexander Wilson, a senior from Morristown, N.J., silver ADDY, Café Vienna Gourmet Coffee, packaging campaign
"We've achieved a level of excellence in the graphic design program that is relatively unheard of in terms of liberal arts schools or small baccalaureate colleges," Fertig said.