TAI Welcomes Incoming 2015 Cohort to New Undergraduate Advertising Curriculum

On Thursday August 20th, the Temerlin Advertising Institute (TAI) held orientation for newly admitted advertising majors. Over 50 students attended along with the entire team of faculty & staff. Institute t-shirts were given away to these exceptional students while faculty presented their backgrounds along with faculty expectations of this selected group of majors.

1 TAI UG Orientation-groupStudents pursuing a B.A. in advertising now have the opportunity to focus their studies in one of three areas: creative, digital media strategy or strategic brand management. Director of the Temerlin Advertising Institute, Dr. Steve Edwards claims, “We are creating students who are a value-add to agencies and marketing companies right from graduation.”

The new students had to undertake a competitive advertising application as well ascomplete a video application for the specialization. TAI Faculty reviewed all applications to select the best candidates to admit.  Edwards, said “The new curriculum is cutting edge and intended to make our students even more valuable in the field. We are training them in all the important traditional areas of advertising, but also working to better meet the demands of a technology inundated, fast paced, and results driven 21st Century advertising industry.”

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Courses in the new curriculum range from Digital Media Landscapes to Digital Media Strategy and Media Measurement and Metrics as well as Strategic Brand Management, Research, Account Planning and Business Communication. All tracks will take a capstone campaigns course where they will work to solve a problem for a real world client.

For more information about the undergraduate curriculum in advertising, click here!

TAI Student Was Awarded The O Joe Russell Scholarship From AAF Houston

The Advertising Education Foundation of Houston (AEFH) awarded the O Joe Russell Scholarship to TAI student, Sarah Campbell.  The AEFH and the American Advertising Federation of Houston (AAF-H) on April 10th presented 25 scholarships to college students who are pursuing undergraduate or post graduate degrees in advertising, communications, interactive marketing, journalism, radio/TV, commercial aSarahrt, public relations or other related fields. Sarah Campbell competed amongst students who currently attend colleges and universities within Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas (AAF-District 10).  TAI is not the only one proud of Sarah’s achievements. Her former teacher, Professor Haayen said, ““I had the pleasure of having Sarah as a student in my Advertising Research class last semester. She was a joy to have in class. She is curious, engaged, motivated and hardworking. The kind of student who inspires her teacher and classmates to do their best work. This scholarship honor is well deserved, and I am sure it is the first of many successes to come. Bravo, Sarah!”  The AEFH received submissions from 17 different schools within the AAF-District 10 region.  We are unbelievably proud that a Southern Methodist student was able to win amongst such stiff competition.  On achieving such a prestigious scholarship IMG_0707-1Campbell said, “I am honored to be selected as a recipient of this scholarship! The TAI program at SMU has been an incredible academic experience that has pushed me to grow both creatively and professionally. With the gift of this scholarship, it will be easier for me to afford the valuable resources available here at TAI. I look forward to continued mentorship from outstanding professors, inspiration from my talented peers, and the opportunity to increase the depth and breadth of my creative portfolio. The Lord has blessed me with more opportunities than I can count, and I am beyond grateful for the financial help that allows me to pursue His plan for me.” TAI is extremely proud of Sarah’s accomplishments and we can’t wait to see what she does in the future!

Please join the Temerlin Advertising Institute in congratulating Sarah Campbell on this outstanding achievement.

 

Congratulations to National Student Advertising Competition Team!

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Students from the Temerlin Advertising Institute competed with 18 other universities in the 2015 American Advertising Federation District 10 Convention.
Congratulations to the members of the National Student Advertising Competition Team on their third place finish this weekend!
Led by Professors Peter Noble and Willie Baronet, the students did an amazing job representing SMU and we are proud of all the work that they put forward this semester to make it happen.
Also at the convention, Dr. Carrie La Ferle represented SMU as member of the Keynote panel. Dr. La Ferle along with other noted national leaders from the BBB and FTC presented at the Keynote Luncheon on Advertising Ethics and Truth In Advertising. Way to go SMU!
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Finally, TAI undergraduate Sarah Campbell won the AAF 10th district O Joe Russell Scholarship!
All-in-all a pretty spectacular weekend!
Dr. Edwards

Olga Romanova of TAI receives an AEFH Scholarship

OlgaRomanova5[1]The Advertising Education Foundation of Houston (AEFH) awards scholarships to college sophomores, juniors and seniors pursuing undergraduate or post graduate degrees in advertising, communications, interactive marketing, journalism, radio/TV, commercial art, public relations or related fields. The AEFH Board of Directors received a record number of applications. The board carefully considered participant’s applications, educational aspirations and overall qualifications.​ As a result, Olga Romanova, majoring in Studio Arts and Creative Advertising at SMU, was awarded a Baxter + Korge Education Scholarship​ 2015.

Congratulations!!

TAI Students Tien Dang and Su Hyun Han selected for 2015 Multicultural Advertising Intern Program

Tien Dang and Su Hyun Han, who are juniors attending Southern Methodist University in the Temerlin Advertising Institute, were selected to the 2015 Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP).

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The 4A’s Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP) connects aspiring diverse entry- level advertising professionals with prestigious advertising agencies. Since its inception in 1973, MAIP offers multicultural students a unique paid, full-time summer internship at 4A’s participating agencies nationwide, combining real-world work experience, networking opportunities within the industry, and a valuable professional credential to better position themselves in the marketplace. Simultaneously, the program offers advertising agencies the opportunity to access top talent and strengthens the 4A’s efforts to enhance the workforce diversity of our industry.

Tien accepted a copywriting internship with Publicis Healthcare Communications Group in New York City while Su accepted an account management internship at McCann Erickson Detroit in Birmingham, Michigan.

Please join the Temerlin Advertising Institute in congratulating Tien and Su on their outstanding achievement.

Honoring Excellence

TAI Professor, Suzanne Larkin was nominated for the HOPE (Honoring Our Professors of Excellence) Award by Grayson Gilcrease. The ceremony took place on February 3, 2015 and was held in Residential Commons. Ms. Gilcrease was a student in Professor Larkin’s ADV 3391 Creative Production class in the Fall of 2013. Professor Larkin describes this nomination as, “feelinLarkin, Suzanneg more than normal humility by this honor. Without the effective mentoring I have received from other faculty in TAI, I doubt this honor would have come my way. The leadership and support at TAI is unlike any University I have been an educator.” Ms. Gilcrease stated that she had nominated Professor Larkin because many of the skills and concepts she had learned in Creative Production were applicable to her everyday life. Professor Larkin’s teaching methods are both “exploration and utilization of various styles to spark critical thinking and generate enjoyment; ie. Let’s have fun while we’re eating our vegetables. For instance, by flipping the Creative Production classroom, students are not passively observing their learning but are more primed through experiential engagement. Since many of my students are visual learners, I believe in in-class visual referencing and relevant project work that takes them out into the world to developed abilities beyond their expectations.” It is clear that Professor Larkin is truly an inspiration in and outside the classroom and TAI is honored to have her as member of our faculty.

Please join the Temerlin Advertising Institute in congratulating Professor Suzanne Larkin on this exciting nomination.

Advertising Minor Awarded 2014 Meadows Exploration Awards

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Film Major and Advertising Minor, senior Ben Ohene

Ben Ohene is a film production major and advertising minor at Southern Methodist University. The senior is a transfer from the University of Texas at Arlington and began his journey at SMU in the fall of 2013. Ben is a first-generation Ghanaian-American and is the eldest of three children. Ohene is the vice president of communications for the Student Filmmakers Association at SMU and has interests in writing, photography, fashion, animation, the digital arts, outdoor sports, and culinary preparation. He is a member of SMU’s rugby club as well as an Eagle Scout and an American Red Cross volunteer. Additionally, he is an aspiring screenwriter and cinematographer whose plan is to enter the film industry after graduation in May of 2015.

Ben was awarded this year’s Meadows Exploration Award grant in the amount of $1,000 for his documentary film, Threads. Threads explores the psyche and rationale of university students in the United States when it comes to their daily fashion choices and the judgments that are passed on one another based on attire. Clothing is a form of non-verbal communication – the way that we dress ourselves depends on our personalities, emotions, and the cultures that we were raised in. Threads will be released during the spring of 2015.

About: The Meadows Exploration Awards offer undergraduate students the opportunity to do something truly amazing through art. Designed to promote independent research and creative exploration, the awards are available to any Meadows undergraduate student with an approved idea and a faculty sponsor. Past award recipients have choreographed new works; written and performed music; created art, films and TV programs; worked on political campaigns; delved into research; embarked on national and international trips; and participated in performances.

TAI Student Invents and Markets New Product

Matthew Lee, undergraduate Advertising and Computer Science double major at SMU
Matthew Lee, undergraduate Advertising and Computer Science double major at SMU

Matthew Lee, a current SMU undergraduate Advertising and Computer Science double major, recently created a device called the Zombie Tube, a tennis ball pressurizer. TAI caught up with Lee to learn more about his entrepreneurial efforts.

How did you come up with the idea for the Zombie Tube?
After a long day of practice with my doubles partner, we always had a ritual to see who can launch the dead tennis ball the farthest. After knocking several balls into the unknown with my partner, it dawned upon me how many tennis balls are wasted. Curious, I decided to walk into the small forest behind the tennis club and to my surprise, the forest floor was completely covered in tennis balls that were mostly dead. Since tennis balls have a limited lifespan and cannot be used again after its life is over, I created Zombie Tube so it can revive dead tennis balls back to the quality of new tennis balls. This process is repeatable for infinite use, so the tennis ball’s overall life is extended until the ball itself is physically destroyed (which is really hard to do).

What are your plans to advertise the Zombie Tube?
Since advertising requires a large amount of financial capital, I need to make use of free forms of advertising to promote my product. I plan on doing personal selling or using YouTube and social media sites to help gain some attention. Hopefully if my product gains lots of popularity through my initial free forms of advertising, in the future I plan on doing paid magazine and websites ads that have a large tennis consumer base.

What are your long-term plans in the field of advertising?
Ever since I took Survey of Advertising at SMU, I have a strong understanding of what I need to do in order to help a product gain awareness and I learned the process of how advertising can win over consumers. With these general ideas, I applied my knowledge and made sure my product had the right color scheme, target audience, advertising plan, and flexibility for future marketing strategies. Overall, I plan on getting a BA in Advertising because I really want to further my understanding of this major and I see how this major can have strong an impact on businesses and consumers.

TAI congratulates Lee on his Zombie Tube invention and wishes him the best of luck! To learn more about or purchase the Zombie Tube, visit: http://savethetennisballs.com/.

TAI Student Molly Murer Talks About Her Internship at The Richards Group

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Molly Murer, Advertising Major

This summer, I am working as a Brand Management Intern at The Richards Group. I work mainly on the H-E-B account, as well as the PODS account. I have a wide array of tasks that I manage for the team, including scheduling out of home jobs (by creating posting instructions, quantities worksheets, purchase orders and communicating with vendors), compiling media traffic (including TV, Radio, Digital, Hispanic, Digital Out of Home,and specialized markets), creating weekly Competitive Dailies to send to the client, researching and compiling competitive decks for the creative team and client, opening jobs and purchase orders, and scheduling internal meetings with the team as well as external meetings with the client. Throughout the internship, I also give two major presentations to my entire team, including the principal. I have learned so much through this internship and am excited to see what the last few weeks bring. I have been entrusted with important tasks and appreciate the hands on experience.

Interested in learning more about the internship experiences of TAI students? Click herehere and here.

Rethinking Pink: TAI Students Place Fourth Overall, Win Best Promotional Strategy for Client Mary Kay at District National Student Advertising Competition

2014 SMU NSAC AwardThe National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC) team from SMU competed in the American Advertising Federation (AAF) District 10 regional competition in Austin, Texas on April 17. They placed fourth overall and took home the Best Promotional Strategy trophy in what turned out to be a pressure filled, highly competitive event. The SMU NASC team, taught by Brice Campbell, Executive-in-Residence, and Willie Baronet, Visiting Executive-in-Residence, has been hard at work since the beginning of the Spring 2014 semester when they began doing preliminary research and strategy development for Mary Kay, this year’s national client. Using the tagline #RETHINKPINK, the team created a cohesive and memorable campaign designed to change the perception of Mary Kay among young women 18-25 years old. Students focused their efforts in Account Management, Account Planning, Traditional and Social Media, Research, Promotions, Public, and Creative (including casting and photographing the women featured in the ads), producing a comprehensive campaign executed solely by them.

2014 RethinkPink Ad designed by NSAC Creative Team
2014 RethinkPink Ad designed by NSAC Creative Team

Willie Baronet reflected on the experience, stating, “as a first time faculty in this competition I was overwhelmed by the amount of work required of the students. And impressed by the opportunities they had to present in front of industry leaders, as well as members of the Mary Kay marketing team.” All members of the 2014 SMU NSAC team are pursuing a BA in Advertising from the Temerlin Advertising Institute (TAI). Advertising majors are required to complete ADV 4399 Advertising Campaigns as part of their curriculum. This class combines major advertising theories with practice, allowing students to develop and present an advertising campaign to a real client based on current advertising challenges that the client is facing. Students that take Advertising Campaigns during the Spring semester have the opportunity to participate in the National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC). Recent NSAC clients include Glidden Paint (2013) and JCPenney (2012).

Please join the Temerlin Advertising Institute (TAI) in congratulating this year’s SMU NSAC team on their outstanding work and accomplishments!

2014 SMU NSAC Team Members and Faculty
2014 SMU NSAC Team Members and Faculty

Members of the 2014 SMU NSAC team are: (Students) Amelia Ambrose, Katie Bernet, Anne-Marie Clegg, Rachel Delesk, Andrew Fennessy, Kelly Gilliland, Elizabeth Glander, Lauren Goddard, John Ross Gramentine, Ashley Gross, Emily Jedlicka, Hillary Johnson, Jaimmy Koroma, Bernabe Maldonado, Alexandra Nowlin, Margot O’Daniel, Morgan O’Hare, Mary Olson, Ari Passy, Morgan Saxer, Dustin Weil, (and Faculty) Brice Campbell, Executive-in-Residence, and Willie Baronet, Visiting Executive-in-Residence.