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A Year of Student Awards

October 12, 2008

A Year of Student Awards


Judy Is A Punk, an offbeat coming-of-age comedy about an artistic teenage girl who is too smart for her own good, won Screenwriting student Eamon McIvor a Parisi Award (1st Prize) at the ‘Set In Philadelphia’ Screenplay Competition. He received the award this past Saturday as part of the Philadelphia Film Festival. This is the second straight year that our students have earned top honors under the direction of Instructor David Greenberg.

Film & Video

Four Film & Video students received awards at the Greater Philadelphia Student Film Festival. In the ‘Experimental’ category, Bryan Green’s (‘08) Something in the Way of Things won 1st Place and Marco Polo by Kevin Martin(‘09) received Honorable Mention. In ‘Documentary,’ Brian Crawford’s (‘08) The Hammer and the Butterfly won 2nd Place. In ‘Drama,’ Laura Rachfalski (‘09) received Honorable Mention for Aperture.

Graphic Design:

American Corporate Identity presented the following awards to Graphic Design students:

  • Julia Fiorello: Green Mountain Coffee annual report
  • Marcy Zuczek: Reading Terminal Market book
  • Jess Hetzel: The Post Restaurant, menus, napkins, cups and coasters category and packaging for Wenger Swiss Army Office Supply
  • Patrick McKeever: Kashi Lean packaging
  • Julia Dobbins, Michele Kopec and Dan Steinberg: Rodchenko exhibit design
  • Bradley Breneisen, Ruslan Khaydarov and Maria-Nefeli Stavrinidi: Noguchi exhibit design
  • Olga Filipava: Origins packaging
  • Steve Nunes: Godiva packaging
  • Julia Dobbins: Verde packaging
  • Michele Kopec: Bath and Body Works Pet packaging
  • Bob O’Mara: LaColombe packaging
  • Kevin Dietrich: Berry & Homer Digital Printing logo
  • Allison Fegan: Smoke and Mirrors Jazz Nightclub logo

Photography (2008 & 2007):

  • Carrie Strine won the ‘Photography 26’ Juror’s Award and Best in Show at the Moorestown, New Jersey Perkins Center for the Arts.
  • Carrie Strine won a Juror’s Award at The Woodmere Museum Annual Juried Expedition.
  • Carrie Strine won Honorable Mention at The Nikon/Photographers Forum ‘Best of College Photography’ International Competition.
  • Carrie Strine won ‘Best of Show’ award at the 612 Gallery Annual Juried Show Center.
  • Meghan Hull won Honorable Mention at The Nikon/Photographers Forum ‘Best of College Photography’ International Competition.
  • Jeff Stockbridge was presented with a Challenge Grant from The Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial.
  • Jeff Stockbridge was presented with a Fellowship from the Center for Emerging Visual Arts.
  • Jeff Stockbridge won the Juror’s Award from the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts.
  • Dana Horvath won the Juror’s Award from Print Communications Professionals International (PCPI).
  • Jacquelyn Tamny won Honorable Mention from The International Photography Awards (IPA).
  • Isaac Schell was presented with a Challenge Grant from The Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial.
  • Colleen Keihm won an award from Photo Review for Publication.
  • Colleen Keihm won an award from Nexus Selects
  • Missy Sweet won an award from Nexus Selects.
  • Hiroyuki Nakamura’s 2007 work was chosen to be included in the Japan Society’s Retrospective Exhibition of Japanese American Artists.
  • Tom Reynolds was presented with a Purchase Nomination from The Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Uk Jung , The Michael Pearson Architecture Prize, Gold Medal, ‘A Family Reunification Center for Korea’

David Artman , The Michael Pearson Architecture Prize, Silver Medal

Rebecca Vargas , The Michael Pearson Architecture Prize, Bronze Medal

Independent Music Awards (IMA), Best College Record Award 2008

John Stewardson Memorial Scholarship in Architecture 2008

Juried Product Design Competition, Interior Design Magazine’s “Future Furniture” 2008

Kling Stubbins Annual Interior Design Competition, First Place, Third Place, Honorable Mention 2008

Josh Smith and Dustin Carpio, Four Thorns for Aiden , West Chester International Film Festival ‘Chester’ award for ‘Best Pennsylvania Filmmaker’ and Honorable Mention for ‘Audience Choice,’ 2008

Veeraya Poramait, International Interior Design Association Student Competition, 2nd Place 2008

Meghan Meehan, International Interior Design Association Student Competition, 3rd Place 2008

Erica Louth, International Interior Design Association Student Competition, 3rd Place 2008

Jonathan Chizacky, West Jersey Chapter AIA Student Design Awards Program, 1st Place, 2008

Kyle Cook, ‘Chromesthesia,’ International Applied Arts Magazine’s Student Award Competition 2008.

Bryan Green,Something in the Way of Things, Newark Black Film Festival, Honorable Mention Paul Robeson Award, ‘Best Experimental’ category 2008

Christine Bugg,Emily Johnson, Jamie Hazley, Kerry Mahoney, Bridget Bramante, Rosebud, Baiada Business Plan Incubator Competition 2008. Received $8,000 cash prize, $15,00o in in-kind services and housing at the Baiada Center

Research Day Awards:

Dan Steinberg, who won 1st Place in the University’s Undergraduate Creative Arts/Design category for ‘You Are Now Here - A Renewal of Philadelphia’s Metropolitan Transportation System.’  Dan created a complete branding and visual identity system for SEPTA, Philadelphia’s public transportation system, including a redesigned SEPTA subway and transit map. 

Lauren Ciccarelli’s ‘Grief to Grace: An Examination of Jacqueline Kennedy’s reflection on the assassination of John F. Kennedy,’ which won her 1st Place in the University Graduate Creative Arts/Design category. Lauren’s dance choreography incorporated music, movement, costumes and lighting to portray the chaos and loss surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy.

John Sakoian’s ‘Winnsboro Community Classroom: A Sustainable Portable Classroom’ won 1st place in the University’s Undergraduate Innovation in the Education and Outreach category. John’s portable classroom was developed during the Architecture for Humanity Design Charrette as a design solution to provide classrooms to a town destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

Alysson Cwyk’s ‘Students: Mural Arts Program’s Key to a Successful Future’ won 1st Place in the University’s Undergraduate Business Research Initiatives category. Alysson is currently an intern with the Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program and will commence a formal co-op with the organization this summer.

Winners of the Westphal College Dean’s Award were:

Dylan Steinberg (’09), Film & Video, won for his short film Tough Choices: The Aftermath of a Sexual Assault. Steinberg illustrated the reality of a sexual assault victim’s journey in seeking justice for an often un-reported crime.

Kocayne Givner (‘10), Interior Design Graduate Program, won for ‘Materials Exploration,’ a project that used material, color, connectors, texture and form to create designs for a live model in a studio setting.

Kristen Lambert (‘08), Interior Design, explored the work of two iconic architects, Le Corbusier and Charles Eames. She focused on the architects’ prominent design elements to create new works of art using woodblock printmaking.

Denista Spasova (‘08), Art & Art History, won for her PROM poster. Spasova created a poster that communicated ‘bittersweet, wickedly funny, and wise thoughtful discovery’ for the current Mandell main stage production of PROM.

Michael Bucher (’09), Photography, presented his ongoing photo study of Philadelphia’s Lancaster Avenue. He displayed numerous photos of people and places across a wide spectrum of Philadelphia neighborhoods, and he also self-published his work as a book.

Also, Deborah Yarchun’s ‘Pulling the Illusion of the Ecstatic Nature of The Cult of Dionysus from the Origins of the Theatre’ won 1st Place in the College of Arts and Sciences Research Day for the Undergraduate Humanities and Social Sciences category. Her project depicted the rituals of the Cult of Dionysus in terms of the origins of theatre.