03 May 2012
Advertising students recognised by industry
Rebecca Bladon, Most Outstanding Graduate of 2011, received her award from Ron Barnacle - recently retired Chairman of CHE.
Bob Baddock, Group Account Director at Mitchell Communications, presented the John Sexton Memorial Award to Cheyne Moreira.
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More than 50 students, staff and industry professionals attended the annual RMIT University and Advertising Institute of Australasia (AIA) graduation celebration at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis club.
John Kananghinis, Victorian President of the AIA, said: “This longstanding annual event is organised by the AIA as a means for the industry to show its support of advertising education and to recognise the outstanding group of talented graduates who are the future of our profession.”
The evening provided a great opportunity for graduates to network with potential employers and for industry to seek out new recruits.
There were 34 graduates from the Advanced Diploma of Advertising in 2011. A wide range of industry-sponsored awards were presented to the high-achieving students from each year level.
The five major sponsors were RMIT, Adconian, Mitchell and Partners, Google and TAC (through Grey Worldwide Advertising).
Rebecca Bladon won the Grey Advertising Award for most outstanding graduate. Ms Bladon also received a number of other individual and team awards.
Ben Rose received the John Clemenger Award for the most outstanding first-year student.
There was also a new award for the best student in Consumer Behaviour, which was sponsored by McCann.
Ron Barnacle, former CEO of Clemenger Harvie Edge, announced the induction of two RMIT teachers as AIA fellows.
The first, Peter Lawrance, was the director of two of Australia’s largest advertising agencies before switching to media commentary for 10 years.
Mr Lawrance described the RMIT advertising program as the best in the country.
“I am so pleased to be associated with this outstanding program, which produces not only work-ready but work-savvy graduates,” he said
Tony Lorkin was the second teacher to be inducted as an AIA fellow. Mr Lorkin is an RMIT graduate who has been teaching for 12 years.
“It was an honour to receive this unexpected award. The real reward comes from the satisfaction of student contact and success,” he said.
The TAFE Advertising program at RMIT has been running for more than 50 years and the partnership between RMIT and the AIA has been going for over 30 years.