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AAF Names Two SMU Seniors Among
Nation's "Most Promising Minority Students"

Third senior named to Honor Roll

DALLAS (SMU) – Southern Methodist University students Adnan Anwar Ali and Russell Wyman have been named by the American Advertising Federation (AAF) as winners in the AAF’s “Most Promising Minority Students” national competition for 2007. Ali, an Ismaili Muslim student from Carrollton, and Wyman, a Hispanic student from Dallas, are both senior advertising majors in the Temerlin Advertising Institute at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. In addition, Kristina Brown, an African-American student from Dallas, was named to the AAF’s Honor Roll. The 50 top winners represent 34 colleges nationwide.

Adnan Anwar Ali

Russell Wyman

Kristina Brown

Now in its eleventh year, the AAF’s “Most Promising Minority Students” program is the premier advertising industry award program to recognize and recruit outstanding minority college graduates in advertising, marketing, media and communications. The winners traveled to New York City last week to attend the awards luncheon at the New York Athletic Club on Feb. 7 and meet with recruiters and executives from leading agencies, advertisers and media companies.

With recent controversy over the lack of multiculturalism in the advertising industry, the AAF is aggressively tackling the issue with strategic recruiting programs, including the long-standing MPMS program, said AAF President and CEO Wally Snyder.

“The AAF is committed 100 percent to increasing the ranks of minority talent among top advertising corporations,” said Snyder. “This year’s prestigious Most Promising Minority Students Program is the perfect example of that pledge, showcasing the extraordinary talents of those that are destined to be great assets to our business.”

“Adnan, Russell and Kristina exemplify the qualities that are critical to the future of the advertising industry,” said Dr. Patricia Alvey, distinguished chair and director of the Temerlin Advertising Institute at the Meadows School. “They are all outstanding students, and we are very proud of them.” Meadows advertising students have been honored as winners in 10 of the 11 years of the AAF competition’s existence.

The AAF competition is open to all graduating seniors of African-American, Hispanic, Asian, Pacific Islander or Native American heritage. Entrants must be nominated by their faculty adviser and/or local professional ad club.

The “Most Promising Minority Students” program is sponsored by the AAF in partnership with Advertising Age magazine, Pepsi-Cola Company and American Airlines and is supported by many advertising and media company sponsors.

The Temerlin Advertising Institute at SMU is nationally recognized for its undergraduate advertising program, which has been named one of the top 10 programs in the U.S. by Stuart Elliott, the advertising columnist for The New York Times. The curriculum provides grounding in all advertising disciplines, leading to careers in management, creative, media, research and sales. In addition to consistently having winners among the “Most Promising Minority Students” competition, Temerlin students have won the top prize in the AAF’s National Student Advertising Competition in two of the last five years.

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