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Make Your Mark

2013 Visual Communications Senior Pitch

April 2, 2013

Ten graphic design students graduating from Farmingdale State College will present their work to a public audience at MAKE YOUR MARK: The 2013 Visual Communications Senior Pitch at 6 pm on April 30, 2013 in Roosevelt Hall’s Little Theater.   Admission is free and open to the community.

The Senior Pitch is part of a capstone course titled Senior Project which serves as an incubator for young entrepreneurs.  Working independently, students gain access to professional speakers, tools and resources to deepen their understanding of innovation while drawing on visual languages across all design disciplines including graphic, web, industrial and motion design.

The key panelists and speakers at this event include: Allison Puff, Acting Associate Dean, School of Business; Rachel Gogel, Art Director, GQ Magazine; and Hanny Hindi, startup consultant and co-author of The Startup Playbook.  Feedback from these panelists will help the students refine their presentations.

Synopsis of Senior Pitches: 

Speaking to communities, Ellen Gilles shares Haitian culture through events, food and cooking classes in East River Boulangerie, and Rudy Calderon’s EsoMano Pupusa Shop shines light on El Salvadorian culture through art and its cultural delicacy, the pupusa, while Anthony Kondyra’s Piwo Brewing Company celebrates the Polish culture through craft beer. Addressing social concerns, Robert Wulff’s series of animated shorts, Through Thick & Thin, provides a new outlet for families and friends of loved ones with eating disorders, and Frank Corrao’s Cat-it-Out highlights the importance of animal shelter adoptions. Alyson Prete’s PDF: Preparing the Designer’s Future inspires students to maximize their potential and achieve career goals. Jeffrey Betts educates small business owners on the financial benefits of using responsive web design with The Grid. Patrick Flanagan offers The HandWave, a line of portable and sustainable planes for bodysurfing. Through BONDFIRE, Adam Joseph proposes a new way to approach camping and family bonding, and Anne Marie Horan’s Re-heart promotes healing and individualization after a loss or separation from a loved one.

For more information on the MAKE YOUR MARK: The 2013 Visual Communications Senior Pitch, please visit http://makeyourmarkpitch2013.eventbrite.com.

Following the live pitch will be three opening receptions of “MAKE YOUR MARK: 2013 Visual Communications Senior Exhibitions” on May 1, May 8 and May 15, 2013 from 6-8 pm the Memorial Gallery, Nathan Hale Hall, Farmingdale State College.  Curated by Visual Communications: Art & Graphic Design department instructors, Irina Lee and Jack Harris, MAKE YOUR MARK: The 2013 Visual Communications Senior Exhibitions will offer a multi-media and interactive display of the projects, and will be on view from April 29–May 17, 2013.


The Memorial Gallery is located in Hale Hall, on the campus of Farmingdale State College, State University of New York, at 2350 Broadhollow Road (Route. 110). Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00AM–4:00PM. Admission is free and the gallery is accessible to persons with mobility impairments. For additional information, please call 631-420-2181.


The Farmingdale State College Visual Communications: Art & Graphic Design Baccalaureate program exposes students to technical knowledge along with traditional art skills and design methodology to create a well-rounded designer upon graduation. For more information, please visit Visual Communications page, follow us on Twitter, @FSC_VisComm (https://twitter.com/FSC_VisComm).