Winners of Poster Design Contest Announced
Student designs to be used in campaign for alcohol safety
 Ruth Kershner, Ed.D., R.N., WVU School of Medicine Dept. of Community Medicine Associate Professor presented WVU visual arts student Blake Stewart with the first place award for his design in the WVU School of Medicine's Alcohol Education Program contest.

Winners of the “Think Before You Drink” poster design contest were announced Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008.  The contest is organized by the West Virginia University School of Medicine’s Alcohol Education Program.

Contestants were asked to create an original design addressing alcohol safety. More than 60 WVU students entered the contest.  Event organizers said judging was difficult with so many compelling designs.  Awards were given to five WVU students this year.

Blake Stewart, a visual arts student, won first place and a $1000 savings bond.  His winning design includes an image of a cracked windshield, stained with blood.  Text on the poster reads “Know your limits . . . it’s not worth the consequences.” 

Paul Thomas King, a WVU journalism student, won second-place for his design and received a $250 gift certificate to the WVU Bookstore.   Lauren Lamb, a visual arts student, won third-place and received a WVU parking pass.  Natalya Bruner and Matthew Black were recognized with honorable mentions and also received prizes at the ceremony Wednesday.

The winning designs will be used to create posters and t-shirts that will be distributed around campus and in the community.  In the past, winning poster designs were also used on bookmarks, computer mouse pads and as part of a public service announcement featured at movie theaters.

Event sponsors at WVU included the Department of Community Medicine; Health Sciences Bookstore; Office of the Provost; Office of Administration and Finance; Office of Student Affairs; and Student Health Service.

The WVU School of Medicine’s Alcohol Education Program works to educate students and the community about responsible drinking behavior. For more information, visit http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/som/cmed/alcohol/home-fr.htm

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For more information:
Emily Corio, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
rk/ec: 01-16-08

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