National Student Advertising Competition Honors

Congratulations go to Mike Gold's Marketing Class which took 2nd place at the National Student Advertising Competition in Boise, ID. Graphic Design students spend two semesters working collaboratively with Marketing students in this year-long course at MSU. This year, the corporate sponsor was JCPenney and the students focused on helping JCPenney reach a younger, broader target market.

Blaine Halvorson of Junk Food

Notorious artist and respected entrepreneur Blaine Halvorson returned to his old stomping grounds in the School of Art at MSU to meet up with students in Stephanie Newman’s new class called GDSN 376 Screenprinting. Giving students insider tips and artistic insights Blaine shared his knowledge of how to use modern screenprinting as a powerful graphic medium. Blaine is one of the original founders of the Los Angeles based company Junk Food, which produces licensed t-shirts for massive franchises like the NFL, NBA and NASCAR, as well as for musical legends like AC/DC, KISS, Jimi Hendrix, Motley Crew, Pink Floyd, Run DMC, The Who, Rolling Stones and the Beatles. Check out some of his distressed t-shirt designs at

Senior Wins Internship with Time Warner

Graphic design senior Whit Connolly recently placed in the top 5 of the Student Design Competition sponsored by The Society of Publication Designers (SPD) in New York City. Whit received a prestigious honorable mention in this national contest or her humorous 4-page layout depicting how to properly make and use finger puppets. For this honor she will receive a summer internship with Time Warner publishing company’s People Magazine in Manhattan beginning in June along with complementary housing supplied by Time Warner. Whit, who is from Ennis, joins a string of Montana State University seniors who have dominated this national competition for the past 5 years. In 2008, SPD winner Paul Johnson received an internship at National Geographic Adventurer and in 2007 another MSU graduate Allison Mclean was awarded an internship at Marie Claire magazine, part of the Hearst Corporation. Congratulations!