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 ANDERSON UNIVERSITY Graphic design students win top national awards

AU art student also wins “Best in Show” in national ADDYs

Anderson University graphic design students cemented the program’s status as one of the best in the nation recently by winning three national ADDY Awards including “Best in Show,” signifying the top student design among American universities.


The victory on the national level follows a complete sweep of the regional awards in South Carolina and multiple awards in the Eastern region of the U.S. On the national level, Anderson University was one of only two U.S. universities to claim as many as three awards.


AU student Chris Waldrop was the top winner with a gold award and the coveted “Best in Show” recognition. In addition, design student Kat Carter also won a gold ADDY. The prestigious national ADDY Award Student Competition selects only 15 top designs for consideration from hundreds of entries throughout the nation. For Anderson University to claim three awards is truly remarkable.


“The unprecedented amount of success that has been bestowed upon the students in the Graphic Design concentration over the past year is truly humbling, said graphic design professor Tim Speaker, who teaches both winning students. “For AU to not only be able to compete with the top art universities in the country, but to be able to achieve such laudable awards at the national level is an extraordinary blessing. I am extremely proud of our national, regional, and local award winners this year. Each student was able to reach their potential through hard work and dedication, and through the continued efforts of our dedicated faculty. This is a victory for all of the members of the AU Art Department.”


This marks the second year in a row that AU has been among the very few universities to win multiple awards at the national level and the first that an Anderson student has been named “Best in Show.”

Anderson University is a comprehensive university affiliated with the South CarolinaBaptist Convention offering bachelors and masters degrees. Anderson is ranked in the Top Tier (top 25) of colleges and universities in the South, and one of “77 Schools to Watch in America, by U. S. News & World Report.  Anderson has also been named one of “Americas 100 Best College Buys,” Located in The Upstate region of South Carolina near the foothills of the Appalachians, Anderson University features a rigorous education in a supportive Christian environment.



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