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Students Recognized for Designing Logos

Saturday, March 1, 2014
By Eladio Jaimez

DMDT logosThree Texas State Technical College students from the Digital Media and Design Technology (DMDT) Program recently received recognition for designing logos as part of class projects.

Gilbert J. Guerra and Crista Juarez designed the front and back covers, respectively, to an awards application submitted by the city of Harlingen as part of the city's involvement with Keep Texas Beautiful.

Instructor Uvaldo Presas was approached by Harlingen's Public Information Officer Dave Ralph about the opportunity for the students to design the covers to the awards application. Time was a factor and the students in Presas' class were given only two hours of total prep time to come up with potential logos.

In those two hours, all 14 students in the class did research and drafted renditions of their logos. In the end, it was Guerra and Juarez's logos that were chosen by the city.

Recently, Guerra and Juarez were recognized by the city commission and presented certificates of appreciation at their meeting.

"Thanks to the help from the TSTC class, we were able to put together a professional application that will increase our chances at getting the Governor's Achievement Award," Assistant City Manager Dan Serna said. "We are very proud of their work and contribution to our community."

Both students agreed that the selection gave them a sense of reassurance that they'd picked the right career path.

"Since I was very young, I knew I wanted to do this," Juarez said. "This gives me confidence that I know what I'm doing."

Guerra praised his instructors, like Presas, for pushing him and guiding him in the right direction.

"This reinforces what we're learning here and that what our instructors are telling us is getting us ready for life after graduation," Guerra said. "I was honored to get selected and to receive the certificate from the city."

San Benito's Andres Villela received similar recognition last week for a logo he designed last semester.

The Newly formed Lower Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was in search of a logo for this organization. The leadership turned to the students at TSTC to help design the logo and it became a project in Garnet Gaither's class.

Former LRGVHCC board member Arlene Garza said the chamber also contacted students from the University of Texas at Brownsville. In the end, Villela prevailed over all with his logo that was unveiled at a ceremony at Bank of America last week in Harlingen.

"Seeing my logo that big and hearing everyone talking about it was surreal," Villela said. "It was surprising but it felt good."

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