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Student Accomplishments

Over the past year, art and design students have been very successful both on and off campus. Below are some highlights and links to students’ awards and ventures.

Three Teams from Cal Poly Placed at Paperboard Packaging Alliance Challenge 

Three teams of Cal Poly students, including students from the graphic design concentration, received well-deserved recognition in the 2017 Paperboard Packaging Alliance 2017 Student Design Challenge, taking home second place, runner up and shout-out awards. The projects were generated in winter 2017 between IT 408 Paper and Paperboard Packaging in collaboration with ART 437 Graphic Design III. The challenge was to design an interactive package for a fitness tracker that allows customers to try on the product, which could be reused to store the product after purchase. The faculty mentors were art and design professor Mary LaPorte and industrial technology and packaging professors Javier De La Fuente and Irene Carbonell. 

Art and Design Students Benefit from Generosity of Alumni

Alumni support and contributions in the form of monetary donations are invaluable to the Art and Design Department and directly enhance students’ educational opportunities. The generosity of our donors, including long-time donors like Joan Hughes, helps the department host guest speakers, purchase new equipment to ensure students learn and use the latest technology, and develop our program to maintain accreditation standards with National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), among other possibilities.

Most recently, the department was able to assist Paige Ruonala (Art and Design, ’17) to attend the Motion Design Educational Summit at Ohio State University, together with her faculty mentor, Bruno Ribeiro. Ruonala’s submission, titled "The Possibility of Male Birth Control," was selected for a Judge’s Choice Award for the Student Showcase. In addition to accepting the $500 prize in person, she was able to present and discuss her work with experts in the field. 

Student's Photo Featured in Glamour Magazine's "50 States of Women" 

Glamour Magazine feature "50 States of Women"

Haley VanBaale, a junior in the photography and video concentration, had one of her photographs chosen to be published in the September 2017 issue of Glamour magazine. The article is titled “50 States of Women,” and VanBaale’s photograph of her roommate Emily Barbero was selected to represent California in the series. VanBaale is also a color guard member of the Mustang Marching Band and recently started working for Associated Students, Inc. as a photographer.


Habib Placencia Adissi and Kate Meissner Receive Outstanding Senior Awards

Habib Placencia Adissi  Kate Meissner

At the end of the 2016-17 academic year, Habib Placencia Adissi (Art and Design, '17), who concentrated in graphic design, won Cal Poly’s University Senior Recognition Award for Contribution to the Objectives and Public Image of the University; and Kate Meissner (Art and Design, '17), who concentrated in studio art, won the Cal Poly Arts Award for Excellence in Original Work. 


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