UB Design Students Win Top Awards from State Professional Organizations

Four University of Bridgeport graphic design majors have won awards from leading professional design groups in competitions that each year are closely monitored by professional art directors searching for new talent.

Abigail Zambon, a junior from Bridgeport, won the prestigious Connecticut Art Directors Club “Student Prize” and $500 for her portfolio of illustrations at the annual CADC conference in Harford on April 25 and 26.

In addition, the Advertising Club of Connecticut has announced that three UB students will win gold, silver, or bronze “Pencil Awards” at its 55th Annual Awards Competition on May 20. Founded in 1913, the Ad Club’s yearly awards show and dinner attracts both students and working professionals vying for its highly competitive awards.

Senad Ibrahimbegovic, a sophomore from Branford, will win a Pencil Award in the “Magazine Spread” division for his entry, “Best of Bogata.”

Luv Bajaj, a senior from Bridgeport, is in the running for a Pencil Award for conceptual designs he created for Wahlstrom’s Café, the newly opened coffee bar at the University’s Wahlstrom Library.

Kathie Cote, a senior from Waterbury, is one of the recipients of an award to be given to Brian Miller Design Group, where she worked as intern designer. Brian Miller, owner of the Norwalk firm, is an adjunct professor at UB’s graphic design program.

It will be Cote’s second award from the Advertising Club. Last year, she won a Bronze Pencil for a series of posters she created to raise awareness about sexual assault.

In the CADC competition, Abigail Zambon was selected to win by a panel professional art directors who reviewed portfolios submitted by more than 50 students, said Rachel Rowan, a CADC board member.

“Abigail was competing against some of the best design students in the state. This is a prestigious award. We have very high standards,” said Rowan said.

CADC members keep tab on students in the annual competition, Rowan added.

“CADC is really a design community. We have a forum on Linked in [the professional networking Web site], and by being familiar with upcoming talent, we can make recommendations to people looking to hire.”

Amy Papaelias, chairperson of UB’s graphic design program, said she was “thrilled that Abby’s, Luv’s, Senad’s, and Kathy’s talents have been recognized by Connecticut’s creative community. We’re very proud of them. These are sought-after awards, and to be recognized by working professionals affirms the quality of their superlative efforts.”


Anna Gitelman
Anna Gitelman 12.15.09

Hi! It seems there was some confusion about the Bogota spreads! It was actually my spread that one the pencil award. So if you could change that on this website, that would be most appreciated. Thanks!

Anna Gitelman
Anna Gitelman 12.15.09

*won the pencil award.

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