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UNI students excel in local advertising awards

April 3, 2014

Jeffery Byrd, head, Department of Art, 319-273-2077,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Each year, the American Advertising Awards (AAA) attract more than 50,000 entries in local AAA competitions to recognize and award creative excellence in the art of advertising. At the American Advertising Federation-Cedar Valley regional competition on Friday, Feb. 21, at the Waterloo Center for the Arts, students from the University of Northern Iowa won awards for their work.

The award for Best of Show was given to Rob Wirtjes, a recent graduate in graphic technologies from Hiawatha.

Gold medals were awarded to senior art majors Brooke Holst from Stockton, Sarah Hedeen from Waverly, Andrew Engelbart from Anamosa, and Meghan Rankin, a recent graduate in graphic technologies from Muscatine.

Silver medals were awarded to Rachael Bair, a junior majoring in graphic technologies and graphic design from Hudson; Kimber Bates, a senior majoring in graphic design from Ottumwa; Sarah Dunegan, a senior majoring in graphic technologies from Aplington; Olivia Hottle, a senior majoring in communication from Waterloo; Vallyn Reinig, a senior majoring in communication/electronic media from Missouri Valley; and Eric Benson, a post-baccalaureate undergraduate in communication from Waterloo.

For additional information about the awards, contact Jeffery Byrd, art department head, at 319-273-2077 or