College of Fine Arts and Design

UCO Design Students Win National Addy Awards

June 15, 2011

The University of Central Oklahoma Department of Design won four national ADDY Awards, the most of any institution of higher learning in the country.

The American Advertising Federation announced the awards at their annual national conference in San Diego in June.

The winning Central students are Brock Wynn of McAlester, Gold ADDY Award for "The Man Magazine"; Alexa Dumas of Edmond, Silver ADDY Award for "Paper Jam Poster"; Lanie Gabbard of Wilburton, Silver ADDY Award for "Veiled Magazine"; and Masako Tono, an international student from Japan, Silver ADDY for the "Flying Penguin Series."

"We are thrilled with the four national ADDY awards. Our design students have always been outstanding and highly sought after.  They leave here ready to succeed in a competitive job market," said Ruki Ravikumar, MFA, chair of Central's Department of Design.

"This recognition reaffirms the high caliber of not just our design students, but also the educational experience our faculty offer."

Each student was also among the 33 Central design students who brought home a total of 40 awards at the 2011 Oklahoma City ADDY Awards, including the coveted "Braggy" award, given to the university with the most student winners.

The state winners went on to the AAF District 10 competition, which includes Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and northwest Louisiana.  There, Central design students also won 26 ADDY awards, and moved on to the national competition.

The ADDY Awards are the advertising industry's largest competition, attracting more than 50,000 entries every year in local competitions throughout the nation. The Student ADDY Awards are a three-tier national competition sponsored by the American Advertising Federation and National Ad 2, and recognizes and rewards creative excellence by students.

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