Posted by Sean Flynt on 2011-03-31


Samford graphic design alumnus Alex Stoner has won a Gold ADDY award in the American Advertising Federation’s District 7 Competition. The December, 2010, graduate's entry--a Flash-animated banner ad promoting a coffee shop music venue--was the subject of his senior thesis.

The same project won a silver ADDY in local competition in February and will now advance to the national stage of what many consider to be the world's most challenging advertising competition. The national ADDY winners will be announced at the AAF National Conference and ADDY Gala Awards Show in Baton Rouge, La. April 14-17.

Reflecting on the influence of his Samford professors, Stoner emphasized that their commitment and availability extended far beyond the classroom. "Week after week they would keep their office doors open and stop whatever they were doing to assist students, no matter how big or small the issue was," Stoner said. "That is what makes an education great; when you can really count on your professors to commit to you their wisdom and passion for what you are studying."


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.