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UHV graphic designers earn awards for exceptional work

Nov. 10, 2012 at 5:10 a.m.

Amberly Gutierrez

The University of Houston-Victoria Marketing Department recently received three honors for outstanding design work in an international competition that had more than 6,000 entries.

Amberley Gutierrez, a graphic designer, and Harry Bashaw, a former Internet technician in the department, won a platinum award in the MarCom Awards 2012 competition for the 2010-2011 President's Annual Report & Excellence Awards website, UHVAnnualReport.com. Bashaw now is a multimedia specialist in the UHV School of Education & Human Development.

The MarCom Awards is an international competition that recognizes achievement by marketing and communications professionals. The platinum award is the highest honor given.

Gutierrez also won a gold award in the competition for her work on the 2012-13 UHV Viewbook. Cari Laza, a former graphic designer in the department, received an honorable mention award for her "Financial Aid: Helping You Fund the Journey" brochure designed for the financial aid department.

Only 18 percent of entries in the MarCom Awards 2012 competition were designated platinum winners. Another 18 percent were gold winners, and 10 percent were given honorable mention awards.

This is Gutierrez's second and third awards from the MarCom competition. Last year, she won a gold award for a poster she designed that advertised a faculty member's lecture series.

Laza worked at UHV from 2010 until September when she left to devote more time to her design company, carilaza designs. She won an honorable mention award last year for a logo designed for UHV's new student orientation, Jaguar Journey.She won an honorable mention award last year for a logo designed for UHV's new student orientation, Jaguar Journey.

The MarCom Awards is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals based in Arlington. The judges are industry professionals.

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