Wednesday, November 11, 2015

GIT Students win at District

The American Advertising Federation of Joplin held an award banquet at JB's to honor the winners of the Regional 2015 ADDY's Competition last night ( November, 10th). There were four student winners honored Tuesday night.
These students won District 9 awards against competitors from Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri.  

2015 District Student Gold Winner


Amanda Reno
Pittsburg State University
Tour Chablekal – Mobile Media Application

2015 District Student Silver Winners


Haily Ayres
Pittsburg State University

ELEMENTS OF ADVERTISING // Digital Creative Technology

Stanton Salisbury
Pittsburg State University
The Hitchhickers Guide to the Solar System - Mobile Media Application

ELEMENTS OF ADVERTISING // Illustration, Single

Nick Taylor
Pittsburg State University – Department of Graphics and Imaging Technologies
Pen Tool Illustration – Purple Haze


The mission of the American Advertising Awards competition is to recognize and reward creative excellence in the art of advertising. Conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation, the local American Advertising Awards is the first of a three-tier, national competition. Concurrently, all across the country, local entrants vie for recognition as the very best in their markets. At the second tier, local winners compete against other winners in one of 15 district competitions. District winners are then forwarded to the third tier, the national American Advertising Awards competition.


Past GIT Student Wins

Monday, March 2, 2015

Graphics Students win big!

PSU wins numerous ADDY awards

Pittsburg State University and PSU students were big winners in the American Advertising Federation – Joplin Awards Ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 7. At the end of the ceremony, PSU’s Office of Marketing and Communication collected six silver and two gold ADDYs, the Department of Graphics and Imaging Technologies earned one gold and the students had 15 silver and eight gold.

Pittsburg State University and PSU students were big winners in the American Advertising Federation – Joplin Awards Ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 7. At the end of the ceremony, PSU’s Office of Marketing and Communication collected six silver and two gold ADDYs, the Department of Graphics and Imaging Technologies earned one gold and the students had 15 silver and eight gold.
“It was a great night for Pittsburg State University,” said Chris Kelly, PSU’s associate vice president for marketing and communication. “It was especially nice to see so many talented students recognized for their hard work in a room filled with some of the top professionals in the area.”

The Office of Marketing and Communication received gold awards for its digital/social media campaign, “Spring Break 2014 - #BEAGORILLA,” and for the video, “Honor, Courage, Champion – Capturing the Spirit of a Gorilla.” The office received silver ADDYs for the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts Schedule Magnet; the “Congratulations Class of 2014;” “#6 inches from Rio,” and “Pitt State Football #CODERED” videos and the spring and fall issues of the PittState Magazine.”

The Department of Graphics and Imaging Technologies also received a gold award for its Paint the Town Red window graphic.
Among the student awards, “Naturale,” a packaging design by Haily Ayres, won a Judge’s Choice Award and “Last Call of CTHULU,” a packaging design by Kevin Cochran, was named Best in Show.

All of the gold award winners advance to regional competition.

Student winners:
Haily Ayres, packaging, “NATURale,” Gold; Haily Ayres, packaging, “Chocolate University,” Silver; Stevie Barfoot, photography digitally enhanced, “Alice in Wonderland,” Silver; Stevie Barfoot, color photography, “Bee,” Silver; Christine Marie Bennett, magazine design (entire magazine), Gold; Dylan Casey, single poster, “Dust,” Gold; Dylan Casey, digitally enhanced photography, “Tattoo Sleeve Enhancement,” Silver; Kevin Cochran, packaging, “Last Call of Cthulhu, Gold; Audrey Dighans, direct marketing, “Audrey Dighans Portfolio Resume,” Silver; Anthony Adams and Haily Ayres, animation or special effects, “Cosmic Calamaties Episode 03, Silver; Kebrina Lynn Frates, book design (entire book), “Hand-Cut Stencil Book, Silver; Hannah Hashman, consumer, “Weddings by Hannah,” Gold; Gina Lee, collateral material – brochure/annual report, “GET Invitation,” Silver; Lucy Lotspeich, color photography, “Close Up in a Small Life – Grasshopper,” Silver; Kelley F. Macek, magazine design – entire magazine, “High Gloss Magazine,” Silver; Megan Meyer, collateral material brochure/annual report, “Randy Meyer Racing 2015 NHRA Sports Marketing Opportunity,” Silver; Amanda Reno, mobile apps, “Tour Chablekal - Mobile Media Application,” Gold; Gage S. Rogers, Collateral Material - Brochure / Annual Report, “Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Brochure,” Silver; Stanton Sailsbury, elements of advertising - digital creative technology, “The Hitchhickers Guide to the Solar System,” Gold; Nick Taylor, single illustration, “Pen Tool Illustration - Purple Haze,” Gold; Nolan Terrill, social media, “Student Activities Council Upcoming Events for November,” Silver; Nolan Terrill, mobile apps, “Carthage Promotional App,” silver; Sharon Terry, book design (entire book), “portfolio book – Sharon Terry,” Silver.

The Graphics and Imaging Technologies department also won a Gold ADDY for their Paint the Town Red Window Graphic.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AAF Awards (ADDY)

 National Award Winner: Matt Heflin (read more)

What is AAF?
Student Competition overview
Contest details
Past PSU Student Success

2015 Joplin AAF event details

Read this PDF to determine which category your entry will be entered into.

Student Rules & Categories


How to Enter:

If you are eligible for the GIT Department to sponsor your entry, you must submit it via Christel Benson (

If you are eligible for one of the clubs to sponsor your entry, you must contact them to submit, but deliver all paperwork and physical entries to Christel Benson (

If you plan to submit:

  1. Students must meet me during office hours by December 12
  2. Students must have their physical entry and an envelope/box to transport it
  3. Students must have a jpg photo or file to submit with the entry form
  4. This is an online entry form so they need to allow 10 minutes with me to submit
  5. Students will sign a contract agreeing to allow us to display their award
  6. I will accept all entries paid for by GIT, GET or individuals, but they must meet the requirements above. If students are submitting on their own, they must print the appropriate paperwork. Contest details


    Gorillas In Your Midst will be promoting tobacco cessation with their annual Great Gorilla Smokeout November 19th and 20th. A variety of activities will be held 11a.m. - 2p.m. in the Yates Hall Lobby (Nov. 19th) and next to the Overman Student Center Info. Desk (Nov. 20th). This year's theme  "Breathe Easy" is taken from the tobacco free campus initiative beginning January 1, 2015.

    FREE PITT 'BREATHE EASY' T-SHIRTS (courtesy of Via Christi Health) to those who support the campus "Breathe Easy" campaign by agreeing to post a picture pledging their support on social media. Other activities include:
    • A display depicting the history and implementation of the tobacco free campus initiative.
    • Free quit kits with cessation tips, campus, state and national resources for support in quitting, and instructions on securing nicotine replacement therapy.
    • Tobacco Jeopardy and a variety of other interactive games to educate participants on the benefits of not using tobacco products.
    • The "Breathe Easy Patrol" — students visiting staff and administrative offices around campus distributing quit kits and information as well as using interactive games to educate employees about the new tobacco free policy.

    For more information, contact J.T. Knoll 235-4062

    Sunday, October 26, 2014

    2014 AAF Award Success

    Joplin AAF Winners - 2014
    52    Student Entries
    10    Gold Awards
    22    Silver Awards
      2    Special Judges Awards
      1    Student Best of Show
      1   National Award

    Monday, September 8, 2014

    Free Lunch

    FREE HOT DOGS WITH ALL THE FIXINS will be provided for everyone, courtesy of the College of Technology.

    Thursday, September 18, 2014

    Join us between 11 and 1 in room E101 (last door on the right next to the northeast exit of the tech building)

    Everyone's invited

    Racism Workshop

    Racism and other prejudices make our criminal justice system unfair and can make our communities volatile.

    Restorative justice practices focus on the unique situation and specific individuals involved, including community members whose harm may be hidden.

    Healing those who have been harmed and strengthening the community fabric are primary purposes of restorative justice, along with accountability. These practices encourage self-disclosure for better understanding and collective resolution that increases competencies and confidence for the next conflict.

    No matter where we live or exactly what differences divide us, restorative justice practices can be useful tools for community repair.

    The presentations and workshop will present differences between conventional and restorative justice; involve participants in practice circles, and offer application models from Kansas and around the world.  Faculty members are encouraged to bring their class to 107 Grubbs Hall on Thursday September 11th at 2:00 p.m.