WMU News

WMU cosponsors international publications competition

Oct. 2, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University will cosponsor an international competition next month for the National Orientation Directors Association.

WMU's Office of Admissions and Orientation is overseeing the print portion of NODA's Publications and Media Showcase competition, which attracts entries from around the world, while the University of Texas-Austin is overseeing the multimedia/technology categories.

The print submissions will be judged on the WMU campus Sunday and Monday, Oct. 7 and 8. They will be available for viewing by the public from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 7 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 8 in Rooms 157, 158 and 159 of the Bernhard Center.

Judges for the WMU portion of the competition will be: Michael Basse, a graphic designer with Copper Advertising in Kalamazoo who graduated from WMU and worked in the University's Graphic Design Center; Cindy Goodison, a freelance designer and owner of Stray Cat Design in Kalamazoo; Bobbe A. Luce, vice president and co-owner of Signature Printing in Plainwell, Mich.; and David H. Smith, director of graphic design at WMU.

The Publications and Media Showcase is designed to acknowledge the professional and creative efforts of NODA members and embody the spirit of idea-sharing for the benefit of all members.

The annual competition singles out the best examples of orientation-related publications and media pieces in 11 categories, including: newsletters, use of theme, publications for family members, multimedia/emerging technologies, orientation Web site and welcome week publicity.

Six outstanding showcase items will be selected in each category--three for colleges with fewer than 5,000 students and three for colleges with more than 5,000 students. Entries will be judged on content, cost, graphic design, use of theme, style and clarity, and practicality and usefulness. The top three entries in each category will be designated Outstanding Showcase items and will be displayed in the exhibit area at the 2001 NODA Conference in Toronto Nov. 3-6.

In past competitions, WMU has received six awards: best orientation handbook, best new student handbook, best of show, best publication for parents, best general brochure and outstanding orientation attire.

For more information, contact Christopher Tremblay, WMU coordinator of orientation, at (616) 387-2168 or <chris.tremblay@wmich.edu>.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 616 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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