Four graphic design majors from The University of Southern Mississippi will represent the American Advertising Federation Mississippi (AAF) Gulf Coast chapter at the national AAF Conference June 10-12 in Orlando, Fla.
“We've only had two other years when we’ve had students go on to nationals, so we’re very pleased,” said DeAnna Douglas, graphic design professor at Southern Miss. “This is a way for our students to meet professionals in the field. It’s also a way for the advertising community to know about the quality graphic design program here at Southern Miss.”
Work by Michael Maruszak of Brandon, Miss., Karen Raiford of Tylertown, Miss., Andrew Fountain of Gulfport, Miss., and Millie Worthington of Hawaii will be entered in a competition at the national conference. Earlier this year at the district ADDY Awards in Mobile, Ala., Worthington won in the packaging category while Raiford, Fountain and Maruszak won in mixed media.
“It was good to see the other student work and to see how favorably our work compares with other schools,” Worthington said.
The AAF is the oldest national advertising trade association, representing 40,000 advertising professionals in a network of 200 clubs across the country. Through its 226 college chapters, the AAF provides 8,000 advertising students with real-world case studies and recruitment connections to corporate America.
About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu.