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March 28, 2006
Contact: Erin Curtis-Dierks, School of Fine Arts, (785) 864-9742.

KU students, recent grads among winners of coveted Kansas City Omni awards

LAWRENCE — Nine University of Kansas seniors and recent graduates were among Omni Award winners honored by the Advertising Club of Kansas City recently at its annual presentation ceremony. Eight are in visual communications, graphic design and illustration fields, and one is a journalism major with emphasis in strategic communications.

More than 600 people attended the show that recognized and displayed work done during 2005 by professionals and students. Gold Omni winners, including six KU students and the 17 agencies that earned 100 first-place awards, received trophies. Silver and bronze Omni winners received recognition certificates. The Kansas City Omnis are given each year with support from Kansas City area advertising agencies and private corporate sponsors.

The American Advertising Federation sanctions the show to reward creativity and excellence in broadcast, print, interactive, nontraditional, out-of-home and design media categories. Local award winners can advance to regional Addy awards judging; regional winners can compete for national Addys.

“It is rewarding to see our students and recent graduates winning awards at the Omni competition,” said Andrea Herstowski, assistant professor of design. “These achievements highlight the creative work our alumni have produced in their professions as well as the work our students are doing at KU.”

This year, for the first time, students received their awards during the show. Six from KU won the Best in Student Show for the magazine design of Kiosk 32, an art and literature collection produced by KU students.

Award-winning KU students and recent graduates are listed below by hometown, student status and major, parents and high school attended and their awards.

BUTLER COUNTY
From Augusta
Garrett Owen, senior in visual communication (graphic design emphasis), son of Carl and Marsha Owen; Augusta High School; Best in Student Show gold Omni for Kiosk 32 and gold Omni for “Satori Tea” packaging program.

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence
Ann Liu, senior in visual communication (graphic design emphasis), daughter of Kenny Liu; Lawrence Free State High School; Best in Student Show gold Omni for Kiosk 32.

Katherina Espinosa-Machado, fall 2005 graduate with a bachelor of fine arts in design (visual communication/graphic design emphasis), daughter of Julius and Maritza Machado Williams; Lawrence High School; Best in Student Show gold Omni for Kiosk 32 and bronze Omni for personal stationery package.

FINNEY COUNTY
From Garden City
Jane Huschka, senior in visual communication (graphic design emphasis), daughter of Bernard and Merrie Huschka; Garden City Senior High School; Best in Student Show gold Omni for Kiosk 32 and gold Omni for “The Witch of Blackbird Pond” poster for The Coterie and Kuhn & Wittenborn agency.

HARVEY COUNTY
From Hesston
Brynn Johnson, fall 2005 graduate with bachelor of fine arts in design (visual communication/graphic design emphasis), daughter of Wes and Lori Johnson; Hesston High School; Best in Student Show gold Omni for Kiosk 32.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Lenexa
Jessica McEntire, spring 2005 graduate with a bachelor of fine arts in design (visual communication/graphic design emphasis), daughter of Michael and Phyllis McEntire; St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Overland Park; Best in Student Show gold Omni for Kiosk 32.

From Prairie Village
Megan McNellis, spring 2005 graduate with a bachelor of fine arts in design (visual communication/illustration emphasis), daughter of Kevin and Karen McNellis; Lawrence Free State High School; silver Omni for “Stuart Little” and bronze Omni for “Ferdinand The Bull” posters for The Coterie and Kuhn & Wittenborn agency.

WYANDOTTE COUNTY
From Kansas City
Kevin Faddis, senior in journalism and mass communications (strategic communications emphasis), son of Cindy Faddis; Piper High School; bronze Omni for Specify advertising logo for KU Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center.

ILLINOIS
From Wilmette
Danielle Agriopoulos, spring 2005 graduate with a bachelor of fine arts in design (visual communication/graphic design emphasis), daughter of Michel and Renelle Agriopoulos; New Trier Township High School, Winnetka, Ill.; silver Omni for “The Watsons Go To Birmingham” poster for The Coterie and Kuhn & Wittenborn agency.

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