ADDY boy Oliver Evans given top honor

February 27, 2012
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The American Advertising Federation of West Michigan held its annual ADDY Awards celebration last week at the fashionable GR Art Museum and gave Ferris State University’s Kendall College of Art and Design President Oliver Evans its 2011 Silver Medal Award. The prestigious honor is only given to select individuals who have made outstanding contributions to advertising and have been active in furthering the industry’s standards.

“The handprint Dr. Evans has left on Kendall will continue to have an impact far into the future of the college and its graduates. His dedication to building a premier college of art and design in West Michigan is producing the next generation of world-class creative professionals in the region,” said Tim Mroz, AAFWMI president and VP of marketing and communications at The Right Place.

Evans has led Kendall for the past 18 years and is considered a leader in his industry and the community. (See the story on page 3.)

Ferris State University President David Eisler also announced Evans’ successor to faculty and staff. David M. Rosen will assume the presidency of Kendall in July.

Rosen earned his bachelor degree from Haverford College and both his master’s and doctorate from Johns Hopkins University. For the past nine years he has served as senior vice president and vice president for academic affairs at Woodbury University, a private college in Burbank, Los Angeles and San Diego that specializes in art, architecture, media, design and business. Woodbury’s education has received regional and national recognition for its focus on innovation, creativity and forward-thinking leadership.

Back to the ADDY Awards: The Best in Show Professional Award went to Extra Credit Projects, a Grand Rapids ad and design firm, for its GlobalGiving.org Japan poster. GlobalGiving is a charity fundraising website that has raised $59.5 million over the last 10 years.

The Best in Show Student Award went to Anna Geurink for the teen brand identity work she created for the Kent District Library.

The Judges Choice Professional Awards were handed out to Boileau Communications Management, a marketing communications firm in Holland, for the work it did on the Holland Board of Public Works annual report; to Gorilla Pictures, a film and video production company in Grand Rapids, for its ArtPrize work; and to Extra Credit Projects for the school brochure it developed for the Battle Creek Area Mathematics and Science Center.

Kendall College student Evan Ames won the Judges Choice student honor for work he did for the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Those who needed help last week to carry all their awards were: Extra Credit Projects with 18, Gorilla Pictures, 10; Driven, 10; Fairly Painless Advertising, 7; and KantorWassink, 7.

AAFWM received 278 professional entries and 63 from students. The organization handed out 40 Gold ADDY Awards and 53 Silvers. Entries were judged on creativity, originality and creative strategy.

All proceeds from the event support the educational programs that AAFWM sponsors.

Retro man has eye for space

Owen-Ames-Kimball was celebrating its return to renovated digs last week and the fact that it is the only construction company still headquartered in downtown Grand Rapids, but there was better news as the firm begins its 51st year of business: OAK President Bill Schoonveld said the firm received the bid for the Gentex expansion project in Holland. He has been able to parlay that original contract into two additional Gentex projects.

The OAK renovated interior space is very European: simple, clean and functional, and popular throughout Europe. The space is light and airy, and uses lots of windows and glass with little or no appearance of pretentiousness. The executive offices ring the outside of the work space, while the staff occupies the space in the center, in the midst of the available natural light. Recycled wood pieces are glued together to form a high wall in the entry foyer on either side of the elevator, resembling the stone siding used in ranch homes built in the 1950s and early 1960s — very retro. (See the story on page 4.)

Record-setting students

Davenport University students earned 26 first place awards at the 40th annual Business Professionals of America Post-Secondary State Leadership Conference, creating a new record for victories by one university at the state competition. Fifty-five students from Davenport’s Grand Rapids, Holland and Kalamazoo campuses competed in 48 events at the competition held at Northwood University in Midland Feb. 11.

“Davenport University students have dominated this competition for years,” said Linda Rinker, executive vice president for academics and provost for Davenport University. 

“Results like this against top competition from across Michigan are a testimony to the fact that our students are learning what they need to succeed in the workplace and get where the world is going.”

Davenport University students received a total of 105 awards, with winning students eligible to compete at the BPA National Conference in Chicago April 24-28. Events won by Davenport students included Advanced Accounting, Computer Network Technology, Computer Security, Financial Math and Analysis, Global Marketing and more.

BPA is a career and technical student organization that helps develop leadership, academic and technological skills. Through a co-curricular program, members of BPA compete in demonstrations and network with professionals across the nation. The BPA has more than 51,000 members in 23 states.

Davenport plays ball

Just when the magical words “pitchers and catchers are to report” were uttered, Davenport U. announced it will build an athletic complex on 17 acres at 68th Street, just south of the school’s W.A. Lettinga Campus.

The land is also near the Farmers Insurance Group in Caledonia and, in fact, the insurance firm generously gave the university the property for the complex, which will include a baseball stadium, a softball field and eight tennis courts.

“This new space will complement our current athletic facilities at the W.A. Lettinga Campus and provide student athletes new opportunities for training and competition. Also, this new complex will be a wonderful new venue to stage community events,” said Richard Pappas, Davenport president.

Attention Mike Guswiler, executive director of the West Michigan Sports Commission: The school’s baseball stadium will have Comerica Park-like dimensions. The left and right field lines will be 330 feet from home plate, while dead center will be 400 feet and only 20 feet shorter than the center field wall in cavernous Comerica. Left and right will be 200 feet from home on the softball field and center will be 210. Baseball will seat 300 and softball will have room for 200 fannies.

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