VC graduates

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GRAD LINKS BY YEAR

2000s - '00 '01 '02 '03 '04 '05 '06
1990s - '90 '91 '92 '93 '94 '95 '96 '97 '98 '99
1980s - '80 '81 '82 '83 '84 '85 '86 '87 '88 '89
1970s -                    '73 '74 '75 '76 '77 '78 '79
1960s -                                                    '68

TIMELINE links BY YEAR

2010s - '10 '11 '12 '13 '14 '15 '16 '17 '18 '19
2000s - '00 '01 '02 '03 '04 '05 '06 '07 '08 '09
1990s - '90 '91 '92 '93 '94 '95 '96 '97 '98 '99
1980s - '80 '81 '82 '83 '84 '85 '86 '87 '88 '89
1970s - '70 '71 '72 '73 '74 '75 '76 '77 '78 '79
1960s - '65 '66 '67 '68 '69

Graduates by year

2006 Dana Abrams
2006 Nikki Bernardo
2006 Phil Conway
2006 Kathleen Cunningham
2006 Allison Fisch
2006 Jennifer Fose
2006 Lana Frankel
2006 David Huynh
2006 Ted Kolodzey
2006 Jenny Kraemer
2006 Dan Lisowski
2006 Tara Mangini
2006 Alison Medland
2006 Holly Messick
2006 Lauren Moore
2006 Pat Moore
2006 Stephanie Patrizio
2006 Ioanna Philippou
2006 Pete Radocaj
2006 Rachel Roberto
2006 Carson Sloan
2006 Vince Straszewski
2006 Jessi Taylor
2006 Matt Terranova
2006 Luke Watkins
2006 Janelle Wettour
2006 Katie Wilson
2006 Keri Yapaolo

2005 Jessie Bazata
2005 Geoff Blake
2005 Louise Bolin
2005 Alison Cercone
2005 Jennifer Cucura
2005 Bryan Davis
2005 Lizzy Ferraro
2005 Neal Gallagher
2005 Ari Garber
2005 Lindsey Heuser
2005 BethAnne Hoffmann
2005 Jenna Holcombe
2005 Arielle Ingber
2005 Benny Jackson
2005 Rob Jarrell
2005 Brian Kadar
2005 Kate Lynch
2005 Kristen Margiotta
2005 Ivan Markos
2005 Kristen Martensen
2005 Lizzy McGinn
2005 Nick Mordecai
2005 Erin O’Connor
2005 Natalie Okin
2005 Mike Papademetriou
2005 Lauren Santemma
2005 Susan Schneider
2005 Michelle Sklarow
2005 Eric Swartzwelder
2005 Paul Wachter

2004 Sara Barth
2004 Colleen Beckett
2004 Allison Bertrand
2004 Karla Burger
2004 Larisa Cherewko
2004 Philip Cohen
2004 Jillian Cordes
2004 Kathleen Dettbarn
2004 Lauren Emeritz
2004 Russell Fraze
2004 Scott Gaston
2004 Emily Harmon
2004 Ann Hennessy
2004 Jason Koons
2004 Christie McPartlan
2004 Emily Mellor
2004 Jessie Perlin
2004 Karen Pisano
2004 Katherine Reim
2004 Sarah Salvatoriello
2004 Melissa Scotton
2004 Mara Smalley
2004 Ben Thoma
2004 Rebecca Tiano
2004 Carolyn Tushingham
2004 Kassie Williams
2004 Cortney Bailey VCUK’03
2004 Holly Orlando VCUK’03

2003 Brooke Abrams
2003 Joshua Attix
2003 Kristen Cahill
2003 Sean Cusack
2003 Anthony DiPaula
2003 Ellee Durels
2003 Edwin Gray
2003 Heidi Habel
2003 Katie Jensen
2003 Rebecca Kerrs
2003 Patricia Kleinot
2003 Justin Lerner
2003 Bryan Louie
2003 Lisa Macfarlane Van Horn
2003 Christopher Mears
2003 Daniela Montañez
2003 Gregory Nobles
2003 Madeline Pachter-Vail
2003 Claire Pasquariello
2003 Jen Pepper
2003 Tracey Schmitt
2003 Camilla Secher
2003 Briana Sudzinski
2003 Kellie Yuan

2002 Emily Baggan
2002 Adam Brush
2002 Brooke Canale
2002 Nikki DeFeo
2002 Julie Dellinger
2002 Howard Grandison
2002 Theresa Grant
2002 Marco Kaye
2002 Anne MacWilliams
2002 Stephen Meierding
2002 Mark O’Dell
2002 Andrea Parthemore
2002 Michelle Rangsiyakul
2002 Amy Servidea
2002 Jeanine Wiss
2002 Andrew Zolty

2001 Christina Beck
2001 Crystal Boyd Billian
2001 Min Sup Chung
2001 Andrew Costabile
2001 Kristina Cruz
2001 Sarah Detweiler
2001 Jill Hoffman
2001 Elizabeth Klepner
2001 Renee Luongo
2001 Kelly McCloskey
2001 Derek Montgomery
2001 Kat Morris
2001 Jana Nesbitt
2001 Thomas Newsom
2001 Jill Reim
2001 Tara Schmidt
2001 Lori Siniski
2001 Michael Tavares

2000 Serrin Bodmer
2000 Jaime Boyle
2000 Scott Bozarth
2000 Jenn Dehghan
2000 Jennifer Denis
2000 Katie Eaton
2000 Todd Eisner
2000 Andy Fontana
2000 Drew Haines
2000 Joe Ibrahim
2000 Selena Kang
2000 Tanya Mainville
2000 Kara Mayberry
2000 Mehron Moqtaderi
2000 Julie Prager palaez
2000 Andrea Scaglione
2000 Mike Sullivan

1999 Edward Abbott
1999 Pamela Belmont
1999 Dave Bradley
1999 James Corbett
1999 Cathy Cribb
1999 Brandon Henderson
1999 Amber Justis
1999 Michael Klar
1999 Karl Lieberman
1999 David Ortega
1999 Christyne Penque
1999 Michelle Prescott
1999 Lauren Renk
1999 Stacy Shapiro
1999 Kari Tortorello
1999 Marisa Wisber

1998 Evan Adelman
1998 Joe DelPesco
1998 Randi Drayman Shapiro
1998 Melissa Fritz
1998 Barbara Garcia
1998 Michael Gittings
1998 Sherry Heck
1998 Chris Hoover
1998 Keith Johnson
1998 Thomas Jones
1998 Kristal Kinder
1998 Debra Majewski
1998 Dara Mongelli
1998 Scott Ratinoff
1998 Jessica Sbarsky
1998 Brittney Singletary
1998 Preston Thomas
1998 Jennifer Wilson

1997 Wendy Ash
1997 Lynn Buckley
1997 Tamara Chaplow Beeson
1997 Chris Cunningham
1997 Noelle DiBiase
1997 Tesia Farquhar Barone
1997 Bill Hartman
1997 James Helms
1997 Sara Hughes
1997 Jeff Kopay
1997 Kevin Kruger
1997 Belinda Maldonado Cimo
1997 Pam Meierding
1997 Bill Starkey
1997 Jill Twardowski
1997 Karen Winward

1996 Christina Bazzini Geddes
1996 Cheryl Bernett
1996 Michael Bondoc
1996 Andria Davis
1996 Mare Dianora
1996 Brad Eisenstein
1996 Abigail Fein
1996 Karen Gergely
1996 Jody Levine Gianni
1996 Meredith Levy
1996 Richard McGuigan
1996 Amy Meomartino
1996 Matt Nuzzi
1996 Melanie Petrin
1996 Ashley Pigford
1996 Glenn Stevens
1996 Dave Wasserman
1996 Sharon Wyatt

1995 Michele Barrett
1995 Patrick Bosak
1995 Mike Dill
1995 Amy Goldfarb
1995 Audrey Gordon
1995 Suzanne Helmerich Fields
1995 Rob Jennings
1995 Jen Kilcoyne
1995 David Laden
1995 Kathryn McKay
1995 Joe Mikulas
1995 Michele Nagle
1995 Tray Nichols
1995 Jill Ruckelshaus
1995 Janice Salicrup
1995 Fred Schuster
1995 Bob Scott
1995 Joe Ski
1995 George White
1995 Sandy Wortham
1995 Ashton Worthington

1994 Brad Avery
1994 Michael Caguin
1994 Lisa Carter Hoffacker
1994 Mike Donahue
1994 Holly DuBois
1994 Kim Furry
1994 Charles Gates
1994 Kristin Gilmartin gates
1994 Frank Harkins
1994 Kaethe Korper
1994 Jason Lucas
1994 Andy Mathers
1994 Kristin Richards
1994 Dave Schulz
1994 Kenn Snyder
1994 Robyn Stern
1994 Steve Thompson
1994 Shelley Young

1993 Gwen Beckman
1993 Greg Beyer
1993 Shannon Cole
1993 Jeff DiFiore
1993 Hendrik-Jan Francke
1993 Amy Giordano
1993 Chris Hanlon
1993 Deanne Johnson
1993 Peter Kaplan
1993 Ray Kirkhus
1993 Mike Lockett
1993 Linda Magner
1993 Jay McPhillips
1993 James Mellor
1993 Jonas Neilson
1993 D.J. Pierce
1993 Greg Price
1993 Scott Proud
1993 Robyn Shapiro Waxman
1993 Andy Shemeta
1993 Eric Singleton
1993 Marc Sobier
1993 Heather Watson
1993 Valerie Williams
1993 Mark Winkelmayer

1992 Donna Allison
1992 Debbie Arenson Strauss
1992 Julie Brannon
1992 Libby Brockhoff
1992 Susie Codrington
1992 Deb Hagan
1992 Pam Koepcke McKamey
1992 Lisa LoBianco Quell
1992 Chuck Moore
1992 Curt Neumann
1992 Keri Pampuch
1992 Teresa Peters
1992 Carrie Prophett
1992 Howie Ronay
1992 Bryan Sieger
1992 Stacey Silfvast
1992 Steve Simpson
1992 Mimi Kae Wacholder
1992 Caryn Welsko Duca
1992 Aaron Wozney

1991 Tracey Allen
1991 Sakab Bashir
1991 Neal Bloom
1991 Kelly Carter
1991 Lisa Cauda
1991 Dave Crouse
1991 Tracey Daimus Sanders
1991 Dawn DelMastro
1991 Suzanne Dorgan
1991 Tim Finnen
1991 Darcy Fraschilla Eveleigh
1991 Steve Griffiths
1991 Leigh Jordan Friedman
1991 Kerry Kinney
1991 Dave Mangano
1991 Neal Moore
1991 Kurt Mueller
1991 Malvinder Singh Soor
1991 Matthew Taylor
1991 Lin Tipton
1991 Kerri Valentino
1991 Dwight Winchester
1991 Kari Young-Keyock

1990 Duncan Abell
1990 Joanne Barnes
1990 Nancy Cherry
1990 Matt Curtis
1990 Larry DiMaio
1990 Louis Flanigan
1990 Kelly Gaynor
1990 Sung/Uni Lee
1990 Steven Lumb
1990 Jackie Manutti DeMarco
1990 Linda Rochelle Anderson
1990 Alley Rutzel
1990 Mark Scheider
1990 Kim Sickles Kelleher
1990 James Smith
1990 Paul Stecca
1990 Ellen Steinberg
1990 Christine Thompson Workowski
1990 Chris VanOosterhout
1990 Jenifer Walczak
1990 Nina Weiss

1989 Caroline Amini
1989 Joyce Cheng
1989 Beth Cornman
1989 Liz Donnelly
1989 Stephen Dougherty
1989 Jackie Dreja McTear
1989 Doreen Dunn
1989 Nicholas Eveleigh
1989 Lori Gray Novosel
1989 Claire Heineman
1989 Tim Joyce
1989 Randi Kershman Weiss
1989 Reneé Norfleet Ramirez
1989 Kathryn Thompson Gammino
1989 Cindy Walter
1989 Diane Ward Fuchsluger
1989 Sheri Zayatz
1989 Cindy Zeller

1988 Lisa Anderson Evans
1988 John Arehart
1988 Bob Armstrong
1988 Steve Boyd
1988 Susan Breslin
1988 Tracey Carbutt DiSerafino
1988 Kris Chanko
1988 Lori Coco
1988 Bryan Daniels
1988 Ruth Davisson Meere
1988 Andy Geroski
1988 Celia Hentschel
1988 Michael Horstman
1988 Kim Kardos Bensing
1988 Jessica Koman
1984 Jeanne Marcotte Wagner
1988 Frank Mearns
1988 Richard Midler
1988 Terre Nichols
1988 Randy Parker
1988 Connie Sharar
1988 John Stovicek
1988 Brad Talley

1987 Susan Adams
1987 Karen Bachtle Lallo
1987 Brenda Best-Howland
1987 Ed Conley
1987 Sally Diederichsen
1987 Mary Beth Heaney Trautwein
1987 Cathy Keating
1987 Linda Koszarek Ferriero
1987 Dan Louie
1987 Brian Magargal
1987 Antoinette Markantonatos Radice
1987 Dave Mehew
1987 Lynn Milkowski Martin
1987 Keith Olivier
1987 Mike Roberts
1987 Brenda Schroeder
1987 Rosemary Slotwinski Catone
1987 Drew Wedel

1986 Joan Barlow Ames
1986 Ken Barrows
1986 Jillian Bessette
1986 Belinda Crosby
1986 Barbara Dove
1986 Mary Bess Engel
1986 Nola Fields
1986 Arlene Giaccio Schaeffer
1986 Skip Gosnell
1986 Dan Husted
1986 Lynda LeVan
1986 Lisa Lloyd
1986 Jill Mangel
1986 Sean McCormick
1986 Kevin Moehlenkamp
1986 Meg Pierce Williamson
1986 Greg Williamson

1985 Donna Bennett
1985 Julie Bernstein
1985 Tracy Boyd
1985 Nancy Bugher
1985 Laurie Churchman
1985 Brett Codrington Kristoff
1985 Helene Cohn
1985 Maria Delgado
1985 Dave DiGirolamo
1985 Priscilla Henderer
1985 Joe Johnson
1985 Carl Kleinschmidt
1985 Robin Madonna
1985 Al Minuti
1985 Nancy Northwood
1985 Steve Previtera
1985 Kim Saunders
1985 Kirk Souder

1984 Shelley Byrne Dougherty
1984 Cindy Claus Canavan
1984 Karen DeMarino
1984 Deena Dimmer Iaconi
1984 Joanne Dugan
1984 Diane Gottardi
1984 Ingrid Hansen Lynch
1984 Amy King
1984 Lynn Kokorsky
1984 Lauren Lampe
1984 Ann Lemon
1984 Julie McGuinness
1984 Paul Meany
1984 Ken Messinger
1984 Jim Nealey
1984 Carmen Nieuweboer-Scharf
1984 Cindy Rairigh
1984 Mary Kay Reiser Garttmeier
1984 Donna Seidel
1984 Scott Sorokin
1984 Bill Tsapalas
1984 Nancy Walker
1984 Anne Whiting
1984 Janet Williams

1983 Janet Booze Stoppee
1983 Gary Boyd
1983 Shokie Bragg
1983 Kevin Cox
1983 Craig Cutler
1983 Lisa Diller
1983 Rose DiSanto
1983 Cindy Ferguson
1983 Laurie Frankel
1983 Kathi Ippoliti
1983 Stacey Lieberman
1983 Sue Ligertwood
1983 Julie Loane Ward
1983 Regina Mangone
1983 Jayne Matlack
1983 Joe McCourt
1983 Chris Poulouin
1983 Patty Reardon Aliotta
1983 Ken Tattersall
1983 Mylene Turek Pollock
1983 Angela Valenti
1983 Maria White

1982 Mary Allen
1982 Donna Apgar
1982 Jim Barwick
1982 Paul Biniasz
1982 John Carter
1982 Christie Clothier
1982 Michael Dodson
1982 Eileen Hemphill
1982 Laura Jacoby
1982 Barb Jones
1982 Karen Lewis
1982 Steve Olken
1982 Kathy Tobin

1981 Chris Aliotta
1981 Leslie Apple
1981 Russ Brodoway
1981 Keith Clizbe
1981 Kathy Crowell
1981 Alisa Davis
1981 Emily Dickerson
1981 Regina Dombrowski
1981 Judy Evans
1981 Alice Hwang
1981 Dan Krippahne
1981 Tom Millar
1981 Linda Morgenstern
1981 Bill Oberlander
1981 Dorrie Rifkin
1981 Susan Smith
1981 Nancy Sterner
1981 Dave Szmidt
1981 Maryellen Tabscott O’Connor
1981 Kim Waters
1981 Teresa Zimmerman Mraz

This classes below this point include some student names from a list retrieved by Martha Carothers from UD records. There are several names Ray does not remember, There are also several who might be off by a year. Typically, the year, in those instances should be older by 1 year. Sometimes students may be taking non-VC courses and are just graduating later, but in our minds they are still with their class group.

1980 Elizabeth Anne Arots
1980 Virginia Girard Banks
1980 Craig Edward Cornu
1980 Donna Rose DiSabatino Patrizzi
1980 Walter Haglestein
1980 Maureen Margaret Donnelly
1980 Catherine Ann Forbes
1980 Susan Kimberly Hering
1980 Georgia Higgins
1980 Monica Mary Hill Garner
1980 Richard Peter Hoffman
1980 Jenifer Reed Jurden
1980 Ann Marie Looney Robb
1980 Edward Joseph Maksimowicz, Jr.
1980 Elizabeth Anne Mayer Carlisle
1980 Caroline Ann Miksch
1980 Andrew Warick Moore
1980 Susan Leigh Morgan Maquire
1980 Linda Anne Pault
1980 Donna Ann Perzel
1980 Lenna Dale Robertson
1980 Marian Schwetz
1980 Susan Rooney Snyder
1980 Pamela Susan Singer
1980 Allison Jo Staffin
1980 Susan Faith Steinke
1980 Brad Tillinghast
1980 Keith Williams

1979 Leslie Ann Apple
1979 Merole Elaine Berger
1979 Carl Richard Broemel
1979 Barbra Linda Colquitt Craun
1979 Stephanie Valerie Coustenis
1979 Paula Dickens
1979 Robert Hamilton
1979 Georgia Mary Higgins
1979 Marianne Koback
1979 Maurice Winfred Lafate, Jr.
1979 Nancy Lathrop Miller Vonk
1979 Sheryl Ann Mindrup
1979 Leslie Mossman Giuliani (printmaking)
1979 Marian Adele Schwetz
1979 Cheryl Anita Smith
1979 Cindy Ann Szuba
1979 Phil Wikoff
1979 Cynthia Jane Williston Wool

1978 Rosemarie Cariello
1978 Marisa Sandra DePaulis
1978 Mark Alan Deshon
1978 William Emerson Forest
1978 Robert Francis Hamilton
1978 Melba Jean Stinnett Houser
1978 Penelope Evelyn Jackson
1978 Harlan Roger Kennard
1978 Maurice Lafate, Jr. (doubled with 1979)
1978 Edward Murdoch List III
1978 Katherine Jeanette Maas
1978 Felicia T. Talarowski Stilson
1978 Richard William Tracy
1978 Willard Randolph Wise

1977 Karen Lee Carson
1977 Mary Elizabeth Dayton
1977 Mary Elaine Glover Fierro
1977 Christine Ganiaris
1977 Linda Kay Hughes
1977 Cynthia Anne Jones
1977 Leslie Diane Kedash
1977 Benjamin Franklin Koon III
1977 Joseph Gino Mauro
1977 Christiane Alder May
1977 Kevin Joseph McLaughlin
1977 Ruthea Arlene Miller-Mauro
1977 Leigh Tracey Grau Raposo
1977 Allet S. Rodriquez
1977 Patricia Allyson Salomon
1977 David Mark Schendowich
1977 Thomas Lake Simmons
1977 Linda Marie Wilson

1976 Karen Ann Coulter
1976 Marjory Ann Imm Graham
1976 Mary Gwynn Karwasinski
1976 Robert James Kuzepski
1976 Jacqueline Mary LaGuardia
1976 Lane Renee McLaughlin
1976 Darrell Scott Newcomb
1976 Mira Emma Parsons
1976 Robert Joseph Rodriguez
1976 Susan Jean Rosenberg
1976 Oona Marie Ryan

1975 Barbara Antonoplos
1975 Carol Ann Caimi
1975 Terry Eugene Ebert
1975 Ling Linda Yuan Lay
1975 Edward James Magee
1975 David Vernon Quinn
1975 James Lester Scotton III

1974 Denis Christopher DeCampli
1974 Douglas Alan Jumps
1974 Susan Lee Steffans Poore
1974 Jennie Lee Granville Stephenson

1973 Monroe Milton Givens
1973 Naomi Lysa Kranz
1973 Richard Mark Kutner
1973 Dale Jay Southam

1968 Jeff Cooper

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A VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS TIMELINE

I (Ray Nichols) got to thinking about some kind of timeline of milestones for the program. Look it over. If you can add something of importance I would love an email. I would love at least any instance when any former student got a gold award in any fairly major design advertising, photography, illustration, or interactive design competition. Also, included in any major articles or books as either a creator or writer.

some things to date : Ann Lemon article in Graphis, all inclusions of VC grads in ADCNY Young Guns.

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Charles Rowe hired (1965). Charles started the program which I believe was referred to as "applied design" in the beginning.

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Originally, the department was "Art & Art History." It split into separate departments in 1966.

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The program took on the name of "Graphic & Advertising Design."

The first graduate from the program was in 1968 and there was only one. I believe the next graduates weren’t until 1973, although I have a vague notion that I’ve seen graduates from 1972.

At least at this time, the degree offered was the Bachelor of Science degree. Because it was considered a professional degree (like the BFA is today) there was a lot of flexibility to the curriculum and you could offer a much larger number of course than the standard Bachelor of Arts degree that was offered by Fine Arts.

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Woody Ritter hired (1970 - 1978), graphic design.

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I'm not sure where it was housed prior to 1974 but in 1974 it was housed in Recitation Annex (and had been for at least a couple of years), the small building to the left of Recitation Hall.

The basement at least by the late 1970s housed the "stat" camera along with photo darkroom equipment. A variety of photographic materials were supplied by DuPont, including sheets of 30" x 40" lithography negative (lithneg) film and Chromalin materials.

Ray Nichols hired (1974 - 2006), advertising design came in September 1974.

The program, called "Graphic & Advertising Design" offered the BS (Bachelor of Science) degree, which was the professional degree versus the BA. Students only took G&AD courses during their Junior and Senior years. The BFA was not part of the program at all. I taught 3 classes each semester in ‘74 (4 of them were foundation design and 2 were in the program). The classes I taught as I remember were illustration and typography (which was half typography and half calligraphy). I might have taught a graphic design-related class.

Woody Ritter was operating a year-end "Breakfast" at the point in time I came. He hired the school chef at Widner University (I think) who came over and on the first morning of the exhibition made omelets for professional Wilmington designers who came down to see the show. He could make 2 omelets, made to order, a minute. I wish I remembered his name. He had a chef's hat and a nice setup. I’ve got a photo that I can post sometime.

In those early years the SENIOR show was actually held in December. I’m not sure at what point we started doing it at the end of the school year.

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My second year I taught 1 basic design course and 2 courses G&AD. Of course, I was starting to have dreams of what the program could be like. So one of the things I pushed for immediately was to start including the sophomore year into the program, Strange that as of 2017 it was back to where students only took the VC classes junior and senior, I think.

I applied for a Unidel Grant for about $75,000 which got us all new metal desks and filing drawers for each along with the Stat Camera which was housed in the basement. Honestly, we were on the cutting edge of technology at the time with our connections to DuPont.

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So starting in 1976 the program went to a 3-year program. From that point on I taught full time in G&AD. This splintered the junior class in '76 as some moved into the 3-year program (probably costing them an extra year in college) while others stayed with the 2-year program to graduate in the standard 4 years.

The first PLATO computers were included in our courses. The university asked for proposals as to what you would use the for. My proposal simply stated, "I'm going to use them for things I cannot even imagine at this time." I had my pick of the best programmers. The names of a few programmers I can remember were Charlie Wickham, Ben Williams and Jim Trueblood. They were all amazing.

I was one of about 6 university faculty who were granted access to PLATO. My proposal which was to answer the question, “What will you do with PLATO?” My answer was something like, “I have no idea, but it will help me do things that right now I’m not even considering.” I believe I was tied for the most support that offered and got my choice of programmers after Fred Hofstetter who was the director of the project.

PLATO’s "Optical Letterspacing" and "Logo Design" were two major programs developed here. I think the students hated the optical letterspacing, but it had a great impact on everyone's "attention to detail" which spilled into lots of other areas. Print Magazine did a major article on Optical Letterspacing. I had a rather constan flow of design faculty who traveled from as far as Finland to see what we were up to.

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Terry Casey hired (1979 - 1980)

"Don't let another art director beat you to the punch" poster for 1979? the year-end show got into the Art Directors Club of New York competition. The poster was hung on the same wall as the Barbecue Picnic Poster from Herman Miller, starting a connection between the program (and Ray) to Stephen Frykholm, the designer of the picnic poster, that carried all the way into 2018.

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Employment goals switched from getting jobs in Wilmington / Philadelphia to New York with the class of 1980.

We started the practice of taking 2 field trips to New York each semester and participating in the Art Directors Club of New York portfolio review (first year was with the class of 1980). Brad Tillinghast's interest in working as an art director in advertising had a major impact on my starting to "push" students toward New York careers. Around the time Brad told me about his New York interest I noticed in the back of one of the Art Directors Club of New York annuals that they had a page showing the portfolio reviews. One phone call got us involved and we were seriously off and running.

At the ADCNY portfolio reviews, we started crossing paths with a bunch of important art directors, with the important one being Lee Epstein. Lee taught at Pratt and had worked at Doyle Dane Bernbach with all of the biggies from back in the 1960s. Both of those places where high on my list of things to aspire to. Doing the portfolio reviews was a major turning point in the life and expectations of VC and therefore, the students who went through the program.

Print Magazine publishes a major article on Ray's work with Plato and the Optical Letterspacing software.

Bill Deering hired (1980 - 1986), applied photography
Jim Storey hired (1980 - 1981), graphic design

"The cut" was instituted to limit enrollment in the program to a maximum of 17 - 20 graduating seniors. The class of '80 had 26 graduating seniors and we were buried in students in the lower classes. The workload and creative expectations of the faculty increased significantly.

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Martha Carothers hired (1981 - present), graphic design

The portfolio review for entry into the program started in 1981 and first impacted the graduating class of 1983.

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Name of the program changed to Visual Communications.

The 8 foot x 4.5” silkscreened year-end show poster, "The whole world is talking," was included in the One Club's annual competition. That poster was also included in the CASE (Council for Advancement & Support of Education) competition. Was also voted as "Best of the Decade" 1975 - 1985.

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Interest in the program exploded with "the cut" significantly reducing non-majors in our courses, along with students that were "kind of" interested. The call to action became "get on or get off."

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The introduction of the Macintosh with its "1984" commercial on the Superbowl. Ray received a grant that got us either 2 or 4 of the first Macintosh Computers.

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Program name changed to "Visual Communications" around 1985?

Around 1985 we began offering a concentration in Applied Photography

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Peter Croydon hired (1986 - 1995), applied photography

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(not sure of date) - Kirk Souder (VC'85) with his writing partner, Court Crandall won the Grand Clio for the best commercial of the year for Pioneer stereos for the ad "Sorry." Agency was BBDO / West, Los Angeles.

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MacLab instituted as part of the Visual Communications program.

Fine Arts changed their major from the BA to the BFA. The BS still offered our program more flexibility so we stuck with it for several more years.

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The University of Delaware Magazine (with then-Senator Joe Biden on the cover) did a major article on Visual Communications stating, "Delaware's Visual Communications program is turning out top young talent in advertising, photography, and design."

Graphis Magazine 263, September October 1989, had as its cover, an ad for Steuben Glass. The art director was Ann Lemon (VC’84) and the photographer was Craig Cutler (VC’83)

Sometime around this time, we started a student exchange with Wolverhampton University in the U.K. I think it lasted about 4 years. More students wanted to come here than wanted to go there which eventually killed the project. Wolverhampton was a bit too far from London for our students.

Rose DiSanto started her volunteer work with the "Hole in the Wall Gang Camp," Paul Newman's effort for children with blood disorders. She has done it every year but its first one until the present.

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Beginning of the VC Macintosh lab 1992? One of Ray's favorite classes, Video Editing, came into existence during many Wintersessions over the next couple of decades, 

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Advertising Club of Delaware Gold (6) and Silver (6) awards listing graduates. Gold: Raymond Nichols, Martha Carothers, Hendrik-Jan Francke, VC junior class, Ed Abbott, Robert Kuzepski, Sean McCormick, & Ann Lemon. Silver: Raymond Nichols, Martha Carothers, Hendrik-Jan Francke, Marco Kaye, Tom Newsom, Min Chung, Serrin Bodmer, Mike Sullivan, Jen Denis, Mary Allen, Leslie Kedash, Lori Gray, & Kelly Carter

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Martha Carothers becomes as chair of the Department of Art & Visual Communications (1992 - 2001)

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Delaware Today magazine had the cover story "How Good is U of D?" In a callout entitled "Highest rated" they said,

"Although not well-known outside designer circles, UD's Visual Communications (commercial art) program is considered by 'those who need to know' one of the best in the country. Graduates win awards and land jobs with big-name advertising agencies in New York City.”

Brad Tillinghast (VC'80) was awarded the University of Delaware Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement. This was the first of 7 of our graduates that ended up winning the award over the next decade.

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Advertising Design seniors want to do a cool portfolio review so 8 of us get in a van and drive to Fallon McElligott in Minneapolis. We leave on a Friday and return on Monday night. 24 hours each way.

Degree offered in Visual Communications changes to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree.

Paul Miles hired (1994 - 1995), graphic design.

Kirk Souder (VC'84) co-founds Ground Zero, a highly creative, award-winning agency in Los Angeles, CA.

From 1994 -1996 (not sure of the dates) Visual Communications is housed in the small brick houses at the beginning of Delaware Avenue while Recitation Hall and Recitation Annex are renovated.

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Bill Deering rehired (1995 - present), applied photography, advertising design

In 1996 Visual Communications moves to the newly renovated Recitation Hall.

Around 1998 we merged with Illustration and began the concentration in Illustration as part of Visual Communications.

Kirk Souder (VC'85) was awarded the University of Delaware Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement.

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Charles Rowe, agrees to give up his roll in illustration to move to painting. A part of that agreement, Illustration is merged into Visual Communications and a new faculty position is approved.

Robyn Phillips-Pendleton hired (1996 - present), illustration)

Visual Communications relocates to the newly renovated Recitation Hall with proper workspaces, critique rooms, a departmental gallery, lecture hall, and Macintosh Site.

Libby Brockhoff (VC'92) was one of 4 founding partners of Mother, an innovative and highly creative advertising agency in London. Libby was responsible for the name. The New York office followed in 2003. Mother has pioneered a creative culture where all employees work directly with clients, including the creative teams. Her now husband Franklin Tipton (VC'91) was Mother's first hire. In 2014 they form "Odysseus Arms," a highly awarded advertising agency in San Francisco.

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Hendrik-Jan Francke hired (1998 - 2006), graphic design.

Bill Oberlander (VC'81) becomes president of the Art Directors Club of New York (1998 - 2001).

Visual Communications started hosting the "Black Maria Film Festival." Also did a couple nice letterpress posters to promote the occasion.

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Bill Oberlander (VC'81) was awarded the University of Delaware Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement.

Craig Cutler photographed a Gutenberg Bible for the millennium issue of Life Magazine celebrating the 100 most important of the last 1000 years. The Gutenberg Bible was moment #1.

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Around 2000 Visual Communications began a concentration in Interactive Media.

Around 2000 the advertising design program was first included in the One Club student exhibition honoring the top 20 advertising design programs in the U.S. putting us on the map with every program that mattered to us.

Established VCUK study abroad to London in 2001. During the summer of 2000, Ray Nichols, Bill Deering and Jill Cypher make an exploratory trip to London to see if we bring students, will various places talk with us. Vince Frost, The Partners, the V&A Museum, Pentagram, and Michael Johnson all categorically agree that, "If you come, you can visit."

Mylene Turek Pollock (VC'83) was awarded the University of Delaware Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement.

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VCUK'01 was the first year of the Visual Communications-sponsored study abroad trip to London.

Craig Cutler (VC'83) was awarded the University of Delaware Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement.

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Raven Press at the University of Delaware established.

Ann Lemon (VC'84) was awarded the University of Delaware Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement.

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Concentration in Illustration approved.

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During VCUK'05 Ray & Jill's flat was 200 yards from the bus that was bombed by terrorists London. Four students were coming over to do a bookmaking workshop and were coming up in the elevator when the bomb went off.

Working with Bernie Herman, Director of the Center for American Material Culture Studies, Ray Nichols, and a dozen VC students produce the book entitled, "People Were Close." The 108-page book tells the story of the African-American community in Newark bounded by New London Road from the train tracks north to Clayton Hall, including Rose, Ray, Corbit and Mill streets. The visual highlight of the book is a 2" x 80' (as in feet) photographic panorama of multiple-angle views of every building along the included streets that runs along the bottoms of the pages. (see 2006 for the 2nd book in the series). This area as home to the African-American community is essentially gone at this point (2018) and many of the houses have been torn down and rebuilt as student apartments.

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The second of two books designed by VC students through the Center for American Material Culture Studies is designed and printed. This full color, 120-page book entitled "Food, Poems, and Stories," is a combination of recipes and history based on interviews with residents recorded through a project by Bernie Herman’s seniors. (see 2005 for the 1st book in the series).

Tesia Farquhar Barone (VC'97) directed the movie short, "Rent Control." The movie was an official selection in the DC Independent Film Festival and the FirstGlance Film Festival. It won for best screenplay in the HypeFest Film Festival.

Ray Nichols retires and starts Lead Graffiti, a letterpress laboratory of sorts, in Newark, DE.

Ashley Pigford hired (2006 - present), graphic design.

Colette Gaiter hired (2006 - present), interactive media

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6 pieces produced through Raven Press included in Steven Heller and Gail Anderson's book, New Vintage Type.

Ray Nichols & Jill Cypher design and supply photography for "Histories of Newark: 1758 - 2008," a 288-page hardback book on the history of Newark, Delaware.

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Art Directors Club of New York's "Grandmasters" exhibition included the work of 26 graduates of the Visual Communications program.

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Laurie Churchman (VC'85), principal of Designlore, elected as an AIGA / Fellow by AIGA / Philadelphia.

Speaking of AIGA / Philadelphia, Rose DiSanto pitched and then started, a mentoring program, pairing professional with students and recent grads. The first year had 10 pairs and 2015 had 98. No way that isn't a great thing. If you, students or professionals, are in or around Philadelphia consider getting yourself involved.

GrandArmy was founded by Eric Collins (VC'08), Joey Ellis (VC'08), and Larry Pepitone (VC'08),  on April Fools Day

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David Brinley hired (2010? - present), foundations & illustration

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Eric Collins (VC'08, Joey Ellis (VC'08), & Larry Pipitone (VC'08) of GrandArmy awarded the title of Young Guns by the Art Directors Club of New York.

Howie Ronay (VC'92), Creative Director for DraftFCB, was the recipient of multiple Lion Awards at Cannes for his work on KMart's "Ship my pants" campaign.

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Odysseus Arms, an advertising and storytelling agency in San Francisco for just 3 yeaars, founded by Franklin Tipton (VC'91) and Libby Brockhoff (VC'92) in 2011, was named Small Agency of the Year by Advertising Age.

Eric Collins (VC'08, Joey Ellis (VC'08), & Larry Pipitone (VC'08) of GrandArmy complete the visual rebranding of the U.S. Postal System.

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About this time AdAge came out with the 15 best campaigns of the century so far. Four of them were represented by grads from the Visual Communications Group. Nancy Miller Vonk (VC'79) was ranked #1 for her work for Dove: Campaign for Real Beauty, DJ Pierce (VC'93) #7 for American Express: Small Business Saturday, #9 to Karl Lieberman (VC'99) for Thank You, Mom, P&G/OlympicsKarl Lieberman (VC'99) and Brandon Henderson (VC'99) were #11 for Dos Equis: Most Interesting Man in the World. Four out of 15 is a pretty damn good ratio.

Graphic Design in the Visual Communications program is ranked 14th of U.S. degree programs. I think this has been true for a couple of years, but the current online article in "Graphic Design Degree Hub" is copyrighted 2015.

Eric Collins (VC'08, Joey Ellis (VC'08), & Larry Pipitone (VC'08) of GrandArmy complete the visual rebranding of KFC.

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Oberland, a social advocacy-focused firm, co-founded by Bill Oberlander (VC'80), creating top-notch work for clients including the Nature Conservancy, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the National Alliance on Mental Illness, was awarded AdAge's Small Agency of the Year.

CampaignUS does a nice article on “The Unsung Women of Advertising” and opens with Libby Brockhoff (VC’92}

. . . 2019

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Other notable dates might be (1) merger with Illustration (2) Interactive Media Minor (3) Computer Lab

Jackie Dreja McTear So cool. We were the first to have a beginning design on the Mac class in '88 or '89. We had the super small little ones I think. I have fond memories of the dark Annex basement and drafty top floor where we had our desks. Everything became so high tech after us and now you have swank digs. But I wouldn't trade it for the way it was for us. Hands on, gritty, all about concept. Also, I graduated in '89 with a BS.

Laurie Frankel I think program name change was in 1982 not 85

Laurie Frankel When were the Plato computers installed? I feel like it was in 80 or 81