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Advertising at AAA 2024
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Faculty and graduate students in the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising and Institute of Communications Research were honored with awards and presented research at the annual conference of the American Academy of Advertising, held March 14-17, 2024, in Portland, Oregon.  Professor… Read More
Bowmans
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Alumna Karlie Elliott Bowman (BS ’09, ACES; MS ’10, advertising), and her husband Andrew Bowman, were awarded the 2024 Glen “GB” Brandt Prize for Ag Entrepreneurism, announced during the 2024 AgTech Summit hosted by the University of Illinois Research Park. The prestigious award recognizes a… Read More
Michelle Nelson
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Michelle Nelson, professor and head of the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising, says voters should expect to see a lot more generative AI in political ads during the 2024 election cycle, warning that it might be difficult-to-impossible to tell what’s real and what’s fake. (Photo by L.… Read More
Ben Behrman
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Ben Behrman (BS ’09, advertising) was recently promoted to chief executive officer of Schafer Condon Carter, a major ad agency based in Chicago.  Behrman, a 14-year SCC veteran, joined the independent company as an intern in May 2009. He worked his way up from there, holding a variety of positions… Read More
Jason P. Chambers book on Tom Burrell
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Advertising Professor Jason P. Chambers’s new biography about Tom Burrell, a renowned Black visionary who changed the face of the ad industry for African Americans, will be published on February 6.  While Advertising Revolutionary: The Life and Work of Tom Burrell (University of Illinois Press)… Read More
AAF students
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Updated 2/15/2024 Four seniors in the University of Illinois chapter of the American Advertising Federation were named to the American Advertising Federation’s Most Promising Multicultural Students Class of 2024—an honor given to only 50 students each year throughout the United States. Honorees… Read More
Ewa Maslowska
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Ewa Maslowska, associate professor of advertising, was selected as a Center for Advanced Study Associate for the 2024-25 academic year, pending Board of Trustees approval.  As a CAS Associate, Maslowska will take time off from teaching in Fall 2024 to focus on her research of fake online reviews… Read More
Chang-Dae Ham
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Chang-Dae Ham, associate professor of advertising with an appointment in the Institute of Communications Research, and associate head of graduate studies in the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising, was recently elected vice president of the American Academy of Advertising. His term for… Read More
Havas display
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Geno Schellenberger (BS ’20, advertising), senior communications manager at Havas and graduate student in the strategic brand communication master’s degree program, is making a difference for unhoused individuals in Chicago during the holiday season.  Through his role at Havas, Schellenberger has… Read More
Advertising students in Chicago
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Eighty-five advertising students traveled to Chicago on November 30 to visit advertising agencies and tech firms to gain exposure to the contemporary advertising industry. In small groups, students were able to visit one advertising agency (DDB, Energy BBDO, Havas, or Highdive) and one tech firm… Read More
Lacey Gilbert
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Lacey Gilbert (MS ’11, advertising), vice president and strategy director of Leo Burnett advertising services in Chicago, has been named to Business Insider’s 2023 Rising Stars of Madison Avenue. Gilbert, who joined Leo Burnett in 2020, has led award-winning campaigns like Beam Suntory’s “Bourbon… Read More
Chang-Dae Ham
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Chang-Dae Ham, associate professor of advertising and associate head of graduate studies, was selected to become the next Charles H. Sandage Scholar in Advertising Research.  Ham was chosen based on his research proposal, "Reflexive Persuasion Game between Human Intelligence (HI) and Artificial… Read More
Fojtik
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Shawn P. Fojtik (BS ’85, advertising), CEO of Control Medical Technology and Distal Access, has more than 150 pending and issued medical device patents with over 1 million patients safely treated in cardiovascular, women's health, cardiac electrophysiology, surgery, interventional oncology, and… Read More
Ronald Taylor
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Ronald E. Taylor (MS ’71, advertising; PhD ’83, communications, ICR), devoted scholar, teacher, and mentor, passed away at his home in Tennessee on September 11.  After receiving his PhD from the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Taylor joined the… Read More
UIUC Quad
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The Master of Science in Advertising degree granted by the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising is now officially designated as a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) degree—the first master's in advertising program to do so—effective Spring 2024, based on a department… Read More
Georgia Schreiner
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Georgia Schreiner (BS ’10, advertising) won the Media Planner of the Year at Ad Age’s Small Agency Awards. Just one person was chosen for the media planner award, which recognizes candidates who have demonstrated a flair for bringing innovation to media planning, leveraged the vast media offerings… Read More
Dani Jackson-Smith 
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Dani Jackson-Smith (BS '06, advertising), founder of the Cre8tors, a creative management agency rooted in culture and social impact, participated in a panel discussion, “REAL TALK: Pushing Creativity Outside Your Lane,” at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity held on June 23 in… Read More
Kevin Finke
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College of Media alum Kevin Finke (BS ’92, advertising) was the keynote speaker on May 7 at the Senior 100 Honorary ceremony, which recognizes graduating seniors who exhibit academic success as well as a commitment to campus involvement and community service. Media students who received the Senior… Read More
NSAC UIUC student team places second
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A group of Illinois advertising and computer science + advertising students earned second place in the district level at the American Advertising Federation’s National Student Advertising Competition held April 27-28 in South Bend, Indiana. After extensive marketing research, the Illinois NSAC… Read More
UIUC faculty at AAA
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The American Academy of Advertising held its annual conference March 23-26 in Denver, Colorado, where five faculty from the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising and graduate students in advertising and from the Institute of Communications Research presented papers, led panel discussions,… Read More