Design-A-Thon Returns

Star College-Kingwood's visual communication students are giving back to the community. As part of the college's service learning initiative, students are donating their time and graphic design talents to area non-profits during the Fifth Annual Student Design-A-Thon on Friday, April 25, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. in ADM 202.

Last year's event drew twenty student volunteers who donated more than two-hundred total hours of their time at the computer during a twelve-hour designing marathon. Students completed thirty-two different graphic design projects, including logos, posters, and brochures from requests submitted by seventeen area non-profit organizations.

"This is a win-win situation for everyone," says Professor Karsan Hirani, coordinator of this year's event.  "Non-profit organizations get free graphic design services and our students receive community service learning credit plus professional design pieces for their portfolios."

"Every year brings new and fresh talent to the event. We are excited about our current student designers and former alumni returning to help. We've got the talent, now all we need are the projects."

Because time is limited, non-profits are asked to submit projects that can be completed twelve hours or less. These include: logos, fliers, posters, banners, book covers, tri-fold brochures, CD jackets, thank you cards, invitations and Web pages. All projects will be returned "press ready." Printing is not included.

Donna Link with Pals for Pooches, a local non-profit, says this will be the third year their organization has been involved with the Design-A-Thon.  She says this free program has been immensely helpful to them, providing professional promotional materials that they would otherwise not be able to afford.

"It helps us get the word out about our Thrift shop, which is our main source of income, and our free spay and neuter program.  We still use the fliers that they designed for us in past years."

The Pals for Pooches board was so impressed with the students enthusiasm, they donated a meal.  "The students are great and they work so hard for us, we wanted to help them.  That was a way for us to pay them for their great work."

Many of the student volunteers and advising faculty work the entire twelve hours, says Hirani, so a continuous supply of food and drink is needed.  Area businesses can help sponsor the event by donating these items, or they can help offset event costs by providing printing services or supplies. 

To check out some of the great projects from last year's Design-A-Thon, read testimonials from past participants, or submit a project visit Kingwood.LoneStar.edu/design-a-thon. For more information contact Karsan Hirani at 281-312-1742.

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Lone Star College System consists of five colleges, including Cy-Fair, Kingwood, Montgomery, North Harris, and Tomball, six centers and the Lone Star College-University Center. With 49,250 students, it is the largest college system in the Houston area, and third largest community college district in Texas. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.