WMU News

Admissions and orientation office receives regional award

June 6, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University's Office of Admissions and Orientation has won another award for its new student orientation efforts.

The National Orientation Directors Association gave one of its Outstanding Orientation Attire awards to the office at the NODA Regional Conference in Toronto, Canada, April 29-30. The honor recognized a special T-shirt design promoting WMU's 1999 orientation theme of "Focusing On Your Future" that incorporated a visual representation of the campus through a camera lens.

It marks the sixth time WMU has received a NODA award. The last honor, a first place for Best Orientation Handbook, was won in 1994.

"This award demonstrates the quality of the artistry that originates from our graphic Design Center in the Department of Art," Christopher Tremblay, coordinator of orientation, says. "It's exciting to know that the work of our students is being recognized beyond WMU."

The T-shirt was designed by alumnus Jason Meyle of Cleveland, Ohio. Meyle, a graphic designer who interned at the Design Center while at the University, graduated in 1999 with a bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design.

"Jason was an outstanding student," says Tricia Hennessy, educational director of the center. "He was able to analyze design problems and solve them creatively using his own photography, digital images and drawings."

The Design Center produced a variety of 1999 orientation materials as hands-on learning projects for students.

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

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