Newton Eight students at Sussex County Community College (SCCC) were recently honored at a reception for their artistic contributions to the college. All were enrolled in the Advanced Graphic Design program this past semester and were instrumental in supporting SCCC’s marketing efforts. The class was challenged with specific projects throughout the semester including designing materials to promote SCCC’s Go Green campaign; developing art to report on the progress of a seat campaign for the Performing Arts Center; creating artwork for posters and the program cover for the SCCC production of “Grease;” and the creation of a new logo for SCCC athletics. The students gained hands-on experience in working with distinct audiences, design, media placement and desktop publishing. A winner for each of the projects was selected and the student’s work is being used on campus. Jeff Maksuta won the design for the Go Green campaign. His recycling poster is displayed around campus. He also won the design for the new college mascot and will continue to work with the SCCC Marketing and Athletics departments to finalize that project which will be unveiled in 2009. Rebecca Lateer won the Performing Arts Challenge with a “Help Us Raise the Curtain” concept currently in construction. Carlos Vargas designed the winning poster and cover for the “Grease” production. Most of the graphic students at SCCC are involved with the Design Squad, a club led by graphic arts instructor Sherry Fitzgerald. The squad designs and creates materials to market events on campus throughout the year. One of their recent projects involved the designing and creation of holiday ornaments which were sold on campus with the help of SCCC’s Business Club. The squad was involved with Pinwheels for Peace, a fall fundraiser which generated funds for DASI, Domestic Abuse Services. Recently the graphics students presented their portfolios of work, a requirement for the Advanced Graphic Design program. Each of the portfolios were evaluated by representatives from throughout the campus and the community.