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AAF to honor two USC journalism students

The American Advertising Federation will honor University of South Carolina students Tsilavo Ratsimbaharison and Erin Loo at its annual meeting Feb. 3 in New York City.

Ratsimbaharison, a senior from Columbia, majoring in advertising and public relations, has been named among the AAF’s Most Promising Minority Students. Loo, a senior from Buford, Ga., majoring in advertising and public relations, was named to the AAF’s honor roll.

Both are students in the university’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Their selection marks the 15th consecutive year that USC has had a student honored.

Ratsimbaharison is a leader with Young Life and a blogger on advertising trends. He interned with Post No Bills. Loo is a member of USC’s Advertising Competition Team, president of the Baptist Collegiate Ministries and member of Best Buddies International. She is interning with George Fulton Studios in Columbia.

The AAF’s Most Promising Minority Student Award recognizes top minority students across the country who demonstrate academic and extracurricular leadership and show promise in advertising, marketing, media and communications.

The winners will be honored by leaders from the top advertising agencies, media companies and advertisers at a luncheon held at the New York Athletic Club, and will meet with industry leaders.

Bonnie Drewniany is faculty adviser for the university’s AAF student chapter and the only professor to have had at least one student selected for the AAF honor since it was created in 1997. Drewniany is a professor of advertising in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. The University of South Carolina is among 200 universities and colleges to have an AAF collegiate chapter.

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 01/26/11 @ 11:25 AM | Updated: 01/26/11 @ 11:32 AM | Permalink