Newhouse advertising professors White, O’Neill honored by Graphis for creating award-winning students

By Wendy S. Loughlin

April 24, 2017

Newhouse School advertising faculty members Mel White and Kevin O’Neill were recognized as award-winning instructors by Graphis, an international publisher of books on communications design. The designation comes as part of Graphis’ international advertising competition. 

Platinum Award-winning work by Giulia Giancola, a student in Professor Kevin O'Neill's class
Gold Award-winning work by Audrey Heurlin, a student in Professor Mel White's class

Students from White and O’Neill’s creative advertising classes, Portfolio I, II and III, made a strong showing in the competition, winning 36 awards and making Syracuse University the third most awarded institution in the advertising division. Winning entries included print ads, print ad campaigns and outdoor advertising.

“These awards represent a major milestone to the learning outcome of the advertising curriculum, especially the creative emphasis, which requires three portfolio courses to be taught in sequence by two outstanding teachers,” says James Tsao, chair of the advertising department.

The student winners were: 

  • Platinum: Giulia Giancola
  • Gold: Jill Archibold, Audrey Heurlin, Lauren Renz, Alexis Watson, TJ Wells
  • Silver: Jill Archibold, Shelby Guller, Matthew Hankin, Brianna Henry, Rylee Maron, Kylie Packer, Mason Paul, Leah Pozin, Yunze Shi, TJ Wells, Maddie Woods, Jamie Wynn, Lan Zhang (two awards)
  • Merit: Diane Danneels (three awards), Daniel Freeda (three awards), Manuel Garcia, Rachel Ghui, Shelby Guller (three awards), Matthew Hankin (three awards), Brianna Henry, Sophia Kardaras, Sam McClain (two awards), Eunice Pang, Zach Schweikert (two awards), Kate Sheehan, Yunze Shi (two awards), Lucas Spain, Jamie Wynn, and Lan Zhang

The students’ work, which can be viewed online, will be published in the 2017 Graphis New Talent Annual, scheduled for release next month.  According to the Graphis website, “This annual presents award-winning work from instructors who have challenged and inspired their students to achieve brilliance in their respective disciplines.”