CWU provides its students with the opportunity to not only earn degrees, but to achieve excellence in the classroom and in the community. The CWU Publicity Center is one of many university offices that hires student employees, and by so doing the Publicity Center provides these students with the chance to hone their professional skills and express their creativity. From winning awards to achieving top academic honors, the Publicity Center’s student staff has achieved great things this year.
Chloe Allmand, a publications writer and media assistant, was recently selected along with fifteen other CWU Douglas Honors College students to attend the Western Regional Honors Conference in Denver, Colorado and present a research paper on disjunction between the scientific community and the public concerning environmentalism. Allmand has made the Dean’s list fall and winter quarters this year and as she is academically in the top seven percent of CWU’s juniors, she has been invited to join the Phi Kappa Phi honor society.
As the Hype Street Team Lead, Camille Colgan helps to run all of the Publicity Center’s social media sites and reach out to students by attending events on campus. This year, Colgan has excelled in her courses at CWU and has made the Dean’s list both fall and winter quarters, and most recently has been named a McNair scholar. Colgan holds a 3.8 GPA as a Sociology major, and though she could graduate summer quarter, she has instead decided to take on a second major in either Psychology or Public Health.
Jake Lunde, a graphic designer, was recently recognized for his talent and creativity at the 2014 CWU Department of Art Annual Juried Undergraduate Student Art Exhibition. Lunde won the Student Artists Collective Award for his design of the Winter 2013 Hype, the Publicity Center’s quarterly publication, which highlights campus events and activities. Lunde will graduate this spring with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design.
Jackson Scherer, another graphic designer, was recently awarded the Glen Bach's Excellence in Graphic Design Award for the Wildcat Welcome Booklets that he designed at the Publicity Center during his internship in the summer of 2013. These booklets were also on display at the 2014 CWU Department of Art Annual Juried Undergraduate Student Art Exhibition. Scherer will graduate this spring with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, and is hoping to stay in Ellensburg after graduation and do freelance work.
Former Publicity Center graphic designer Zach LaMance graduated from CWU in 2013 with a BFA in Graphic Design. He recently received national recognition when his design of the Winter 2012 Hype took second place at the Association of College Unions International 2014 Steal this Idea competition. LaMance currently works as a presentation design specialist for Silver Fox Productions, Inc. in Seattle.
“The Publicity Center has a great, positive vibe. The best work comes from being in a good environment surround by good people,” LaMance said.
The wide array of achievement from the CWU Publicity Center’s student staff demonstrates the excellence expected in their workplace, which the staff carries over into their lives as students and budding creative professionals.