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Academic Awards

An Otis education is widely known for its academic rigor and educational excellence.  The College recognizes the highest level of achievement with the Valedictory Award, Academic Excellence Awards, Distinction in Studio Awards, and Honors.

2014 Valedictory Award
George Martinez, a Communication Arts major with an emphasis in Graphic Design, has been named Valedictorian of the Class of 2014.  This award is bestowed annually on the member of the senior class whose work presents the pinnacle of academic excellence. This graduate wears a special medallion at the Commencement ceremony.  George was chosen for his consistently stellar academic performance throughout his Otis career, and the exceptional quality of his work, which has focused on graphic design in both digital and traditional formats.

George walking by his work

"This portrait serves a visual metaphor for the state in which I find myself creatively—always in progress and in transition." - George Martinez, Valedictorian 2014

A native Angeleno, George attended Hawthorne High School and served for six years in the U.S. Army, rising to the rank of Sergeant while participating in multiple deployment and combat operations in Iraq.  George’s discipline and dedication have deeply informed his work ethic and team orientation, making him a respectedleader among his peers.  George has cultivated an inspiring and dedicated multidisciplinary practice encompassing everything from logo development and identity branding to website design and environmental graphics.  He was the co-winner of a prestigious Gold Pencil award in the 2013 One Show Young Ones advertising design competition.  At Otis, George was instrumental in a successful advocacy effort to raise the American flag in the center of Otis’ main campus.  Imaginative, versatile, hard-working, collaborative, solution-oriented, George truly embodies the aspirations of the College.  Samples of his work may be seen at http://georgemartinez.com.
 

2014 Academic Excellence Awards
The Academic Excellence Award is the highest honor given to graduating students in a major program.  Selections are made by program leaders and faculty, and affirmed by the College’s academic awards committee.  Criteria include a cumulative GPA pf 3.5 or higher (for undergraduates), quality of work, personal character, and contributions to Otis and the larger community.  These students wear a special purple cord at the Commencement ceremony.  The 2014 Academic Excellence Award recipients are:
 
Undergraduate
Steven Conklin, Toy Design
Cailee Corbett, Communication Arts with an emphasis in Illustration
Kolarp (Os) Em, Digital Media
Mark Gens, Fine Arts with an emphasis in Sculpture/New Genres
Kristy Hsu, Product Design
Eunchong (Grace) Lee, Fine Arts with an emphasis in Painting
George Martinez, Communication Arts with an emphasis in Graphic Design
Sandra Sadauskaite, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors
Natalie Salvador, Fashion Design
Matt Valarde, Communication Arts with an emphasis in Advertising Design
 
Graduate
Bryan Bankston, MFA Fine Arts
Jordan Darby, MFA Graphic Design
Nicola Goode, MFA Public Practice
 

2014 Distinction in Studio Awards
Many major programs honor graduating students for distinctions in studio work.  Among students so honored in 2014 are:
 
Fashon Design Student of the Year
Arthur Thammavong
 
Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Awards for Excellence in Design
Vanille Fricker, Studio 1, Fall 2013
Po-Chiang Tseng, Studio 1, Spring 2014
Raymond Tran, Studio 2, Spring 2014
Jusung Park, Studio 3, Fall 2013
Izzy Savage, Studio 4, Spring 2014
Thomas Acosta, Studio 5, Fall 2013
Thomas Acosta, Studio 6, Spring 2014:
Erfan Zamani, Class of 2014 Installation: “GEODE”
 
Gold Star Award: FIne Arts
Grace Eunchong Lee
Marquita Flowers
Jillian Frederick

Dean's List
Students whose cumulative grade point average is 3.5 or higher earn a place on the Dean's List. See the Spring 2014 Dean's List here (pdf).