FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kean University Students
Take First and Second Place
UNION, N.J. –Kean University students won first
and second place in Saturday’s annual Design Derby sponsored by
the Art Directors Club of New Jersey (ADCNJ), held at Monmouth University
in West Long Branch, N.J. The design will become a mural in the Verizon
New Jersey CEO’s office in Newark, N.J. First-place team winners
are Jessica Hartman, Kevin Peach, Anke Nitz, Rita Marquez, and Juan Montenegro.
Second-place team winners are Michael Sasjack, Natalia Pires, Jason Washer,
Ramon Lopez, Parag Desai, Brian Buttavacole, and Eva Zvoc. All winning
students are from Middlesex, Union, and Essex counties. A total of 66
students from six New Jersey colleges and universities competed.
“The students’ creativity was impressive,” said Tom Pica, executive director of Corporate Communications for Verizon Wireless, based in Bedminster, N.J. “It was great to see their energy and talents applied to this project.”
Graduating senior Jessica Hartmann from Springfield, N.J., participated in the derby for the first time. “It was a lot of fun brainstorming with my classmates and presenting,” she said. “I was so proud and excited to hear both Kean teams’ names announced as winners. It really says a lot for our teachers who helped us take our creativity to another level – they helped us to design to the best of our ability.”
“Naturally, the entire visual-communications faculty is very proud
of our students,” Landa said. “Our two teams of students volunteered
for this event, and all were eager to take on a design challenge that
entailed problem-solving, on-the-spot idea generation, team work, collaboration,
and comprehensive execution. Their solutions demonstrated critical and
creative thinking, and a thorough understanding of visual communications.
Coupled with winning the four top scholarships based on portfolio reviews
last semester from the Art Directors Club of New Jersey, clearly, Kean
University has the premiere visual-communications program in New Jersey.”