WednesdayJune 14, 2017

CState Graphic Design student wins Gold in national competition

Dallas Ford, a May graduate of Cincinnati State's Graphic Design program, received the highest-level award, Gold, in the 2017 National Student Awards portion of the American Advertising Awards (ADDYs), conducted by the American Advertising Federation (AAF).

Dallas's award-winning work is an informational graphic poster on "Skateboarding Basics Made Simple." Dallas is seen above displaying his infographic; the poster version is below.

The poster originally was created as a project for the course Applied 2-D Graphics, taught by Graphic Design Program Chair Jason Caudill.

Dallas received his national award on June 10 in New Orleans during ADAMERICA, the AAF annual conference. Only 29 students received  Gold ADDY awards, out of the 280 student entries in the national competition.

Dallas said, “The experience feels both surreal and rewarding. Between winning a national award and earning an internship at one of my favorite local agencies, the countless nights of getting less than four hours of sleep and the weekends spent working in my office finally seem to be paying off."

Dallas-- who is the first in his family to earn a college degree-- is currently working as a paid Design Intern in the Cincinnati office of the international branding/advertising agency LPK.

Dallas's position is defined now as an extension of an internship he began as a student, but he hopes to obtain a permanent position in a local agency soon.

This is the second time a Cincinnati State student has won Gold in the National Student ADDY competition. In 2008, Alli Bacon (now Alli Bacon-Davis) earned a National Student Gold ADDY for Collateral Material (Stationery Package).

At the local level, Cincinnati State students have won numerous Gold and Silver ADDYs in the past, as well as "Best of Show" awards.

Jason said, “The AAF Student ADDY Competition is a fantastic opportunity to showcase our Cincinnati State student talent. Winning at the national level validates what we tell our students: great design doesn’t just come from four-year universities and expensive art schools."

"The Cincinnati State faculty challenge our students to be the best they can be, and we prepare them to become leaders in a very competitive industry,” Jason added. 

Dallas's infographic poster won a Silver ADDY in the Cincinnati student competition in March, and also won a Silver ADDY in the District competition, which included materials from students in colleges and universities throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia.

Gold and Silver award-winners from various local competitions throughout the U.S. competed at the District level. Then, ADDY winners from 15 District competitions were forwarded to the national competition.

Judging at all levels is done by advertising industry professionals. The Cincinnati competition judges were from New York City, Detroit, and Miami, FL.

Local ADDY winners include CS students and alumni

In the 2017 Cincinnati competition, Dallas also won a Gold Student ADDY for a branding campaign he created for Jason Caudill's Brand Identity Development class.

In addition, Graphic Design student Rob Hungerman won a Silver ADDY in the Cincinnati student competition for a poster promoting Cincinnati Bike Month, created in the Typography class taught by Graphic Design faculty member Joel Knueven.

Winning work can be viewed in the Cincinnati ADDYs Show Book available online at

In the local Professional competition, Cincinnati State alumni and adjunct faculty members contributed to several award-winning entries (also viewable in the Show Book). They included:

  • Gold award: Brad Grawe, Audio/Video Production graduate - Lightborne - OFFF Festival Awards (Motion graphics)

Silver awards:

  • Jamie Allender, Audio/Video Production graduate - US3 - Arnold's Cincinnati Mannequin video (Branded content/entertainment)
  • Theresa Bruce, Audio/Video Production graduate - Red Echo Post - Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park "Owen Meaney" video trailer (Motion graphics)
  • Lorelei Buescher, Graphic Design graduate - Curiosity Advertising - TruMoo Marshfellows campaign (Branded content/entertainment)
  • James Westbrooks, former Graphic Design adjunct faculty - Possible - Febreze Holiday video (Branded content/entertainment) and Febreze Song Ads (Music with lyrics)
  • Jason Caudill and Dallas Ford at the 2017 ADAMERICA conference

Surgical Tech grads score 100% on certification test

Surgical Technology Program Chair LaVon Moore reports that the members of the 2017 graduating class achieved a 100% pass rate on the exam administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting for designation as a Certified Surgical Technologist.

Graduates seen above are (left to right) Tressie Lewis, Zach Rebennack, Tara Cox, Rebecca Berry, Amber Lampe, Patricia Bailey, Michelle Klein, Sarah Winford, and Hannah Weeger.

LaVon said the national average pass rate is 60%-- so congratulations are in order for LaVon and her 2017 ST graduates!

Academic Advisors & Coaches take a field trip to Supply Chain Center

(Left to right) Wendy Steinberg, Academic Advisor; Rachel Giesel, College Success Coach; Dan Van Vechten, Academic Advisor; Bryan Dell, College Success Coach; Athealia Bell, Academic Advisor; Dewey Clark, Interim Assistant Director; Johnna Bradley, Academic Advisor; Tom Jones, Business Manager for Supply Chain & Logistics, WDC; Katie Young, Recruiter/Advisor, PTEC; Bernell Prince, Academic Advisor.

The CState Supply Chain Career Development Center in West Chester hosted a June 8 visit from Clifton Campus Academic Advisors and Success Coaches, who came to learn more about programs offered at the Supply Chain Center site.

According to Dewey Clark, Interim Assistant Director of the Advising Center, the West Chester trip was part of “Touch-Point Thursdays,” a series of professional development activities that help the Advising Center team members stay current with College initiatives.

"By visiting the Supply Chain Career Development Center, advisors and coaches were able to expand our understanding of non-academic programs that offer in-demand employment credentials to interested students. Ultimately, this allows us to help students find more opportunities," Dewey said.

Ann Neely, a faculty member and Recruiter/Advisor at the West Chester site, said, "We answered questions from the advisors and coaches about the Supply Chain and Logistics industry, and explained how programs based at the Supply Chain Center can help current and future students who are seeking employment to help pay for college."

"Many of our employer partners like UPS and Kroger offer generous tuition reimbursement and flexible schedules, which can really help students who are seeking high-paying, flexible jobs to help them get through their academic programs," Ann said.
Ann said the Supply Chain Center is happy to host other College departments or groups that want to visit and learn more about what's going on in West Chester. You can reach her at or (513) 569-5700.

Clifton Garages to partially close for repairs next week

Portions of garages on the Clifton Campus are scheduled to be closed for repairs next week. Repair schedules may change, depending on the weather.

  • The 5th level of the Ludlow Garage will be closed on Monday, June 19. 
  • The 6th level of the Central Parkway Garage will be closed on Tuesday, June 20.

If you have questions, please call Kim Vasko at 569-1560.

If the lab equipment fits...

Facilities Crew Coordinator Tony Waite shared some photos of Stanley Hines "conducting an experiment" in a Mechanical Engineering Technology lab after the maintenance crew installed some new items last week.

According to Tony, the photos (above and below) clearly demonstrate Stanley's qualifications to drive short track race cars for the College, if the need arises.

(In case you're wondering, MET Program Chair Mike DeVore, whose students built the car as a class project, approved the publication of these photos.)

I-75 construction update (for Wednesday overnight)

The Ohio Department of Transportation has scheduled an overnight construction project near the Clifton Campus on Wednesday, June 14:

  • Single left lane closure on southbound I-75 from just south of Hopple Street to the I-74 split from 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 14 until 6 a.m. Thursday, June 15.

Arrow boards and/or signs will be in place to alert motorists of the work zone and lane closures.

All work schedules depend on the weather.

For ongoing traffic, construction, and weather-related information, please check

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