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Excellence by Design: Graphic Design, Multimedia Focus of Senior Show

environmental eye

Graphic design and multimedia students will share their art during GCU’s 2018 Senior Thesis Exhibition. Items are on display through May 5 in the International Collaboration Center inside the GCU School of Business and Digital Media.

Participants include Malawi Allen, Jessica Szewczyk, and Casey Tumblety, and other students from the Department of Communication, Graphic Design, and Multimedia. A second show will highlight the work of Ed Pinzon, Matt Molnar, Trent Brooks, and Murphy Miranda.

Their work reflects the broad range of digital skills they’ve honed, including interactive multimedia, skill image photography, package design, and more.

One example is “The Environmental Eye” (pictured above), which was created by graduating senior Casey Tumblety and was first published in the 2016 edition of The Fountain Spray, GCU’s literary magazine.

“The work itself, which was completed in my Digital Photography (GD220) class, tackles the concept of environment at risk, specifically air pollution,” Casey explains. “The eye oversees the factory below, in which the smoke flowing out of the buildings covers part of the sunny sky. This ultimately presents a metaphor of what the earth used to look like versus how our future may be doomed if pollution does not stop.”

Casey will also share examples from a direct mail campaign he designed for Caregiver Volunteers of New Jersey. He was an intern at the organization, which provides free assistance to frail, elderly, and homebound residents in the area.

His series of five postcards—filled with smiling faces, examples of people helping each other, and strong call-to-action phrases— focused on potential volunteers, new members, and services provided by the interfaith nonprofit.

“The process of completing the postcards taught me a powerful lesson about what the working world may be like and what I will be expected to do after graduation from GCU,” says Casey. “ I am interested in working for a nonprofit organization, where I can incorporate their values into what I do for them.”

Aerial view of GCU.

About Georgian Court University

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. GCU is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women. As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU is known for expanding possibility for more than 2,100 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 15 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. High student retention and graduation rates also make GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility on U.S. News & World Reports rankings. The main campus is located in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students at other locations, such as GCU at BrookdaleGCU at Rowan College of South Jersey–Cumberland Campus, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.

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