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For Wake Forest Communications and External Relations (CER), commencement planning begins early. All of CER — events, creative, digital, news and photography — begin laying the groundwork for graduation months in advance.
This year, University events, in addition to handling the distribution of 13,788 commencement tickets and managing a production schedule around campus renovation work, the team was responsible for overseeing a new commencement experience for graduates and their guests. Geni Greiner, who joined Wake Forest in February 2015, managed Commencement with her new team for the first time this year.
Brent Piper, director of design in Communications and External Relations (CER), has been elected president of the Triad N.C. chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), the professional association for design. AIGA brings together designers and provide resources for the design community.
AIGA Triad N.C. was founded in December 2012. Piper, who was elected in July, will continue to guide and grow the chapter.
“To have a professional group that is able to engage graphic designers in the Triad has been a long time coming,” Piper said. “A lot of hard work has been put into getting it started. I want AIGA to become a strong force for graphic designers in the Triad and better our community.”
Among Piper’s first duties as president was moderating the INitiative [INHOUSE] Panel Discussion, which brought together creative directors from Krispy Kreme and Under Armor, as well as Wake Forest executive creative director Hayes Henderson, to examine what it means to work as an in-house designer. Piper hopes to hold similar discussions during his two-year term as president.
Wake Forest is raising the bar of creative excellence for colleges and universities around the world.
The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), one of the largest international associations of education institutions with more than 3,600 member colleges and universities, awarded Wake Forest’s Creative Communications team three gold medal awards during its 2014 Circle of Excellence awards program. Additionally, Wake Forest Magazine received a silver award for general interest magazines with a circulation of 75,000 or greater.
The international Circle of Excellence awards program recognizes outstanding work in advancement services, alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing as judged by peer professionals at schools, colleges and universities as well as by professionals from outside education.
This year, 629 institutions submitted more than 3,000 entries in 100 different categories.
Wake Forest’s Admissions Viewbook and Forestry 101, a mini-textbook containing everything incoming freshmen and their families need to know about orientation and life at Wake Forest, both received gold medal awards for the multi-page publication category. The only other school to receive gold in the category was Marlboro College in Vermont. There were a total of 105 entries.
“From the beginning of both Forestry 101 and the Admissions viewbook, we tried to rethink what had been created traditionally both here and at other schools,” said Hayes Henderson, executive director of Wake Forest’s Creative Communications team.
Wake Forest University photographer Ken Bennett was named the 2014 Photographer of the Year. The award recognizes the work of a single staff or freelance photographer based on a portfolio of 10 to 15 representative photographs. Bennett was selected from a national pool of 35 applicants.
“Ken has the unique ability to skillfully capture the emotion of a moment, the personality of a subject, a moment in time, or a unique view of our campus environment– all with the vision and creativity of a category specialist,” Henderson said. “As a teammate, he brings fresh ideas to the table, is a dedicated thinking partner on our communications materials, a great collaborator, and just fun to work with.”
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Wake Forest photographer Ken Bennett has been doing a lot of impressive talking. What he had to say recently attracted the attention of his colleagues around the country.
In June, the University Photographers’ Association of America (UPAA), a group of college and university photographers, selected Bennett as the recipient of the Master of the Profession award. The award honors members of the UPAA for their production of consistently high quality photography. Since the award’s creation in 2011, only six photographers have been chosen for this award.
“It is a great honor for me and the UPAA board to present the Master of the Profession award to Ken,” said UPAA president Glenn Carpenter. “Wake Forest is incredibly fortunate to have such a talented photographer on staff. But rest assured, it is not only Ken’s talented photographic skills that earned him this award. Ken’s willingness to share his knowledge with others is a shining example of the qualities we look for in those honored with the Master of the Profession award.”
The UPAA also gives awards for publications and print materials. This year, Bennett’s work was repeatedly recognized.
In the publications competition that evaluates the overall photo quality and use of photography, Bennett earned third place for publication covers, first place for viewbooks and first place for general publications. In the print competition, Bennett received second place for people and portraits, third place for campus environment and third place for news photography.
“Ken has the distinct ability to continue to innovate his photography in a contained environment,” said Hayes Henderson, executive director of creative at Wake Forest. “That creativity shines the way for others and encourages them to do the same – to challenge themselves to go deeper in their art as well as their environment.”
Bennett has been Wake Forest’s photographer since 1997. His current work can be seen at Focus on the Forest, the University’s photo blog.