By Allen Brewer
A team of four graphic design technology students were chosen as the winners of the Writing Center Logo Design Contest. Amber Schroder, Andrea Drummond, Kelly Common and KeKe Armstrong worked together to create the logo for the Writing Center.
“We are all excited about winning the award,” Drummond, a freshman studying graphic design technology from Oxford, said. “We combined all our ideas, just a good opportunity to work as a team.”
The logo contest opened earlier this semester for Northwest students from all campuses. The winners won $100 that will be split four ways.
“When we first got word on the contest, we all came up with icons,” Armstrong, a freshman studying graphic design technology from Calhoun City, said.
Students were asked to come up with original ideas that incorporated the Writing Centers initials, using the school’s colors. A modern theme was suggested to show off the center’s new look.
“I think it was a great opportunity to learn new skills,” Schroder, a freshman graphic design technology student from Strayhorn, said. “It was fun overall to come up with ideas for the logo.”
The group came up with three designs and presented them to the Writing Center Director, Jason Jones earlier in April. Pieces of each design will be put together to create the winning logo.
“We emphasized the Writing Center, and its icons and how we would put them together,” Armstrong said.
Graphic Design students like to take on more than just contests. Many posters, flyers and logos around campus are created by students to gain experience.
“We do designs for anyone that asks us,” Karla Merritt, graphic design technology instructor, said. “Anytime we get projects, we get really excited. The students have the ability to do real work skills.”
Merritt’s class is set up like an advertisement agency and students work on problems that real clients may have. Every student gains experience they can put in their portfolio.
“It is good for building new techniques and skills,” Common, a freshman studying graphic design from Tchula, said. “Even if it is not interested, it can help build your techniques.”
The Senatobia Writing Center is about to celebrate the first year open. Two new centers will be opening on the DeSoto and Oxford Centers this coming fall.
Two new coordinators were hired to oversee the centers. Carroll Huebner will be at the Oxford Center, and Josh Green will at the DeSoto Center.
Each campus will have their own hours posted on the Northwest website. New peer consultants will also be hired to help other students at those centers.
“Students can now register for peer tutorial courses online,” Jones said. “The course will teach students to tutor in the Writing Center.”