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Student Union Marketing continues winning tradition

Fri, March 31, 2017

Three department members recognized at international conference


The Student Union marketing department was recently recognized for its hard work with five awards at the annual Association of College Unions International (ACUI) conference, March 19-22.

The department won the awards in the annual Steal This Idea competition, which recognizes exceptional work in college union and student activity marketing materials. Entries are judged on strength of concept, design, editorial content and effectiveness. This year’s awards recognize the team spirit within the Student Union marketing department, as three staff members received recognition for their work.

The 2016-2017 Allied Arts brochure, designed by Shane Lansdown, won first place in the brochures category. The brochure highlights the Allied Arts performance season. Coleton Gambill’s “Why Do You Vote?” video received third place in the video category. The video, released a day before the presidential election, highlighted reasons people in the Stillwater community vote. The video also encouraged everyone to visit the polls and cast their vote.

Kailey Bookout came home with three awards for her work. The 2016 Mortar Board, an annual calendar and planner for OSU students, received third place in the calendar/schedule category. Bookout’s GameDay is Coming poster, reminiscent of the popular TV show “Game of Thrones,” received second place in the miscellaneous category. Bookout also received honorable mention for her Hispanic Awareness Week poster.

“It is truly gratifying getting the opportunity to work as a graphic designer in the Student Union,” said Bookout. “It not only challenges me to be better, but also allows me to grow in ways I couldn’t anywhere else. I feel honored and humbled to be nationally-recognized for the work I’ve had the pleasure to do.”

Founded in 1914, ACUI is a nonprofit educational organization that brings together college union and student activity professionals from more than 550 schools in 34 countries. Its members work on urban and rural campuses, in two-year and four-year institutions, and at large and small schools. For more information about ACUI, visit