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SCC Graphic Design students win awards in design competition

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    From left: SCC Graphic Design student Madison Neal of Lincoln, Program Chair Samuel B. Rapien, SCC student and second-round finalist Craig Eiting of Seward, SCC student Elizabeth Vornbrock of Le Mars, Iowa, and SCC student Ashley Faubel of Lincoln.

Five students in Southeast Community College’s Graphic Design program won awards in the Nebraska Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts annual design competition held Nov. 3. 

Labeled Nebraska’s biggest annual design competition, “The Show” celebrated its 21st year. The competition is for student and professional designers. “The Show” was held at KANEKO in Omaha. 

SCC students took home nine medals. 

Ashley Faubel of Lincoln won one gold, one silver and one bronze. Elizabeth Vornbrock of Le Mars, Iowa, won one gold and one bronze. Madison Neal of Lincoln won a gold and a bronze. Emily Schaben of Milford won a bronze. And Kaleigh Mueller of Seward won a bronze. 

The categories for which they won medals ranged from publications, promotional, mobile applications, and Web design. 

Sam Rapien, program chair and instructor, said he was pleased with the students’ work and how they fared in the competition. 

“I’m very proud of the work these students, and really all of our students, put into this competition,” Rapien said. “The AIGA competition is an excellent experience for them.” 

All of the students, along with 12 classmates, will graduate from the Graphic Design program on Dec. 14 at SCC’s Milford Campus. A new group of students will enter a new program, Graphic Design/Media Arts, at SCC’s downtown Lincoln location, Energy Square, in January. The new program is the result of the Graphic Design and Visual Publications program, currently on the Lincoln Campus, merging. 

“We have a very strong program,” Rapien said, “and we’re excited about the new space on the second floor of Energy Square. The new area will allow us to promote our students’ outstanding work, and it will enable us to serve more students.” 

SCC will enroll 24 students into the program every other quarter beginning in January. 

Persons interested in the Graphic Design/Media Arts program are asked to contact Rapien at 402-761-8282 or


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