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COM students win AEJMC Logo Contest

by Kalamalama staff


HPU students took two of the three top honors in this year’s Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) national logo contest. Thanita Pakjamsai and Desiree Higa, graduate students in the College of Communication, won first and third place, respectively, for their logo designs for the 2004 AEJMC convention in Toronto, Canada.

“These awards will bring international recognition to our program,” said Dr. Helen Varner, dean of the College of Communication. “The design will be on every publication, and all of the conference materials that are sent to college and university professors in advertising, journalism, public relations, speech, and related disciplines by AEJMC this year.”

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Pakjamsai, a native of Thailand and recent HPU graduate, will receive $200 for the winning entry. Her design will be used on all AEJMC 2004 publications and on materials related to the organization’s upcoming Toronto conference. About 2,000 AEJMC members from all over the world are expected to attend.


Higa, originally from Makaha, O‘ahu, will receive $50 for her third-place entry. In addition to being an HPU graduate student, Higa is a special events coordinator for Special Olympics Hawai‘i.

Judging of the competition was done in Japan this year and included design teams at Katsui Design, Takashi Akiyama Studio, Outside Directors, Cue’s Global, and A&A Masuteru Aoba Design.

Creating contest entries was a project in Com 6440 Design and Layout, a course taught by Dr. Brian Cannon, assistant professor of communication. Cannon explained that, “The students needed to research what landmarks or characteristics would capture some flavor of the city the conference will be held in and convey that in their design. Part of the challenge is including the name of the agency and the date of the conference.”


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