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Design-A-Thon seeks to help area nonprofits

Design-A-Thon seeks to help area nonprofits

Local nonprofit organizations that need brochures, logos or other promotional materials can sign up to be a part of the 14th annual Design-A-Thon at Lone Star College-Kingwood.

The Visual Communication’s Design-A-Thon 2017 will take place Friday, April 7 from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. in the Administration Building, room 204-A. The 12-hour event allows nonprofits a chance to receive free graphic design work while the students earn community service learning credit, design pieces for their portfolio, and experience a great and rewarding opportunity.

“Our students donate 12 straight hours in a creative mind set, with different projects going on, and with a deadline to meet. This gives them a real feel of what it will be like in their future careers,” said Zoila Donneys, graphic designer and visual communication professor at LSC-Kingwood.

Design-A-Thon was created to reach out to the community specifically, local area nonprofit organizations. These nonprofits do not have the time, resources, or the ability to create effective promotional materials to make the community aware of who they are, why they exist and what they have to offer. Accepted projects are logos/stationary, fliers, posters, banners, book covers, in-store displays, advertisements, brochures, animations, presentations and web pages.

“The number one reason I enjoy being a designer is helping businesses grow their brand. Donating my time to a nonprofit organization, that may otherwise not have the money to hire a graphic designer, is very rewarding,” said Jennifer Scott, LSC-Kingwood student. “Participating in Design-A-Thon is a great opportunity to gain real-world experience creating actual content that will be used by the client. We get to practice interacting with clients in a professional setting, and we end up with professional pieces for our portfolios.”

Design-A-Thon started in 2003. Since then, more than 500 students have donated hundreds of work hours and completed approximately 800 projects. Each year, the program helps 20 to 35 local area nonprofit organizations. This is a win-win program for both the community and students.

“Being able to help nonprofits by demonstrating what I have learned and doing what I loved to do, which is graphic design, motivates me to be a part of this event. It shows me that graphic design is needed in the society and can be used to help people communicate their ideas,” said Miki Harbour, LSC-Kingwood student. “This event has been a great learning and inspiring experience for me.”

Nonprofits must register to participate in Design-A-Thon by Thursday, March. 30. To submit requests or for more information, contact Zoila Donneys at 281-312-1759 or Zoila.M.Donneys@LoneStar.edu.

Register now for credit classes online through myLoneStar. Classes are offered days, evenings, or weekends in traditional, Internet, video, TV and independent study formats. For more information on how to register online, visit www.lonestar.edu/registration.

For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281.312.1600 or visit http://lonestar.edu/kingwood.htm

Lone Star College offers high-quality, low-cost academic transfer and career training education to 98,000 students each semester. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to support student success. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., serves as chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area with an annual economic impact of $3.1 billion. LSC consists of six colleges, eight centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.

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