NEW FOUNDATION SUPPORTS DESIGNERS

05 March 2008
Smyrna (United States) - Long-time University College Designers Association (UCDA) members, and Kent State University Emeritus Professors of Visual Communication Design, j.Charles Walker and John Brett Buchanan, announce the creation of the j.Charles Walker John Brett Buchanan Foundation.
Smyrna (United States) - Long-time University College Designers Association (UCDA) members, and Kent State University Emeritus Professors of Visual Communication Design, j.Charles Walker and John Brett Buchanan, announce the creation of the j.Charles Walker John Brett Buchanan Foundation. Walker and Buchanan have long been involved in and committed to UCDA and visual communication/design education. Their new foundation, when fully funded by their estates in partnership with the UCDA Foundation, will provide scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in, and Kent State University alumni teaching in visual communication design at higher education institutions. In addition it will also provide funds for the promotion of visual communication design education through the underwriting of programs and seminars developed, organized, directed and offered by UCDA and the UCDA Foundation.

UCDA was founded in 1970 as the nation's first and only association for professionals involved in the creation of visual communications for educational institutions. Over the years, it has grown to an organization comprising more than 1,100 members throughout the United States, Canada and beyond.

From the very beginning, UCDA has been guided and directed through the volunteer efforts of members who have participated in the leadership of the association. These individuals have acted with concern and interest for their profession and for their fellow designers to establish new programs and benefits and to expand the professional scope and statutes of the association.

j.Charles Walker, professor and the creator and first director of Kent State University's School of Visual Communication Design, began his teaching career at Kent in 1964. Joining UCDA in 1975, he served UCDA as vice-president, president, chair and member of the its board of directors, and was the creator and director of Kent State University and UCDA's jointly offered and long running KSUCDA program. John Brett Buchanan, a professor at Kent State's VCD School began teaching at Kent in 1975, joined UCDA in 1976, and has served as treasurer, vice-president, president and member of the its board of directors. He also served as coordinator of the KSUCDA summer design workshops. Both were awarded the UCDA Gold Award in 2004 and were granted UCDA emeritus status. They are both currently serving on the UCDA Foundation board.

As the j.Charles Walker and John Brett Buchanan Foundation's donors believe that their alma maters were important in their development as designers and design educators, scholarships will be available to students majoring in, and faculty teaching, visual communication design at the following schools:
  • The University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio - j.Charles Walker, B.S. 1961
  • The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas - j.Charles Walker, M.F.A. 1964
  • The University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California - John Brett Buchanan, B.F.A. 1971
  • Kent State University, Kent, Ohio - John Brett Buchanan, M.A. 1975
j.Charles Walker spent 40 years and John Brett Buchanan spent 32 years as graphic design faculty members at Kent State University, so additionally eligible are students at colleges and universities at which Kent State University School of Visual Communication Design alumni are educators in visual communication design, either as full-time, adjunct faculty or emeriti.

A full list is available at http://ucda.com.



For more information, please contact:

Tadson Bussey
University  College Designers Association
UCDA Foundation
T: +1 615 459 4559
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About the University College Designers Association
The University College Designers Association exists to promote excellence in visual communications for educational institutions. As a professional trade association, UCDA offers annual memberships; professional development opportunities through conferences, summits, and workshops; a quarterly trade publication/magazine; monthly job posting service; and email messaging lists for both working communication professionals as well as design educators. In addition, UCDA has a long-term history and commitment to design education through its KSUCDA Summer design workshops, design education conference and education track at its annual design conferences.

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