TAI Graduate Students Dish Up Proposals for SMU Dining Services

As a final project for the Responsibility and Social Entrepreneurship (ADV 6372) class, two teams of Temerlin Advertising Institute graduate students—ADmire and 22/23, under the supervision of Assistant Professor Sidharth Muralidharan—created advertising campaign proposals with a social responsibility focus for SMU Dining Services. The primary emphases was to create awareness of the various services offered by SMU Dining Services among freshmen and sophomores, and also to create opportunities to meaningfully impact the lives of students in other ways than just nutrition.

The presentations were judged by several SMU Dining Services representatives, including Julie Wiksten (Associate VP of Campus Services), Jennifer Chang (Marketing Manager of SMU Dining), and Lauren Hickman (Registered Dietitian). Wiksten was very impressed and pleased with both proposals saying “What an honor to see and hear our best and brightest! The presentations were so creative.”

Members of ADmire present their campaign to SMU Dining Services.
Members of ADmire present their campaign to SMU Dining Services.

ADmire focused on how SMU Dining can enable connections with students by working with student body organizations and raise funds (via dining locations) that support college events. Keeping millennials in mind, the highlight of 22/23’s campaign strategy was their ‘SMU Scoop’ mobile app and how this tool can be used to not only spark a sense of togetherness but also help students connect with on-campus activities.

Members of 22/23 present their 'SMU Scoop' app idea.
Members of 22/23 present their ‘SMU Scoop’ app idea.

Dr. Sid commented on the presentations, noting “I am really proud of both teams as they came out with unique social responsibility ideas on a shoe-string budget. Combining the ideas from both proposals can open up even more opportunities for the SMU Dining Services brand.”

Social responsibility is a cornerstone of the Temerlin Advertising Institute’s Masters in Advertising program. ADV 6372: Responsibility and Social Entrepreneurship is just one of several courses with a focus on social responsibility that students in the Institute’s MA in Advertising program are required to take. These courses, and the experiences gained through working with real clients, equip graduates to become leaders in the advertising industry by helping them recognize their responsibility to their brands, their consumers, their industry and their society.

Masters in Advertising students with Dr. Sid Muralidharan, Assistant Professor.
Masters in Advertising students with Dr. Sid Muralidharan, Assistant Professor.

 

Read about TAI’s Second Year MA Students and their Executive Internships

Two of our MA in Advertising students at the Temerlin Advertising Institute are excited to share their experiences at their executive internships with a Dallas advertising agency with you. Enjoy!

Jessica MillerJessica Miller – SMU Athletics

I am working for SMU Athletics as a marketing intern. I am currently completing a brand audit to assess the current state of the football and basketball programs and identify opportunities and areas for improvement. Later this spring, I will be conducting surveys and focus groups to explore current perceptions of ticket holders and members of the community. I am looking forward to assisting in the development of an integrated marketing plan to increase game day attendance and improve the overall fan experience. I am also working on a Master’s thesis that explores how consumers experience nostalgia on Instagram.

Kristin - Mary Kay

Kristin Schnaus – Mary Kay Cosmetics

I am interning at the global headquarters of Mary Kay Cosmetics on the Global Corporate Integrated Brand Marketing Team in brand management. My responsibilities include: adoption analysis, quarterly coordination for the Look Book & Social Media, managing the global five year Product Launch Calendar, competitive monitoring & reporting, maintaining the Global Shade Line-Up for each of the markets, and campaign tracking. I love working at Mary Kay! I am so grateful to be part of such an amazing team and every day I am learning something new.

We are proud of all of our second year MA students and wish them the best of luck with the remainder of their internships! To learn more about the Graduate Program at the Temerlin Advertising Institute, click here.