Ripley takes home three awards at NCMPR “Omaha Stampede” in Nebraska
Displaying his versatility and creative work, Kris Ripley was the recipient of three Medallion Awards at the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) “Omaha Stampede” held Sept. 25-27 in Omaha, NE.
Ripley, who serves as the digital content person for Cowley College, handles the graphic design work for the college’s publications. With close to 200 entries submitted for Medallion Awards, Ripley took home a pair of Silver awards for his work on the 2010-2011 college viewbook and the 20102011 men’s basketball media guide. He also won a Bronze award in the print ad category.
Ripley came to Cowley from Council Grove High School, where he graduated in 2004. He majored in graphic design and graduated from Cowley College in 2006. While a student at Cowley, he started as a work study and eventually took over working part time doing graphic design work for the school shortly after graduation.
Ripley has been a full-time employee at the college since July 2010.
“Cowley prepared me for the work field,” Ripley said.
The inspiration behind most of Ripley’s work is primarily pop culture.
“If it catches my eye, I take it in as inspiration and I try to use what is popular or trendy to my designs,” Ripley said. Ripley’s work helped Cowley receive the most awards of any Kansas Community College at the awards banquet held in Omaha.
“I was very honored and excited to be noticed for my work and creativity,” Ripley said.
Ripley believes the awards are a reflection of the work done by the college’s marketing team, which consists of Morgan Barnes, Adam Borth, Marcia Cales, Josh Cobble, Diana Dicken, Janet Kennedy, Dr. Pat McAtee, Scott MacLaughlin, Shannon Massey, Sue Saia, Ben Schears, Meg Smith, Rama Peroo, and Ripley.
“Everyone in the marketing team should feel honored that we placed that high in three categories,” Ripley said. “I think the work of the marketing team is truly one of the reasons enrollment has been up over the past couple of years.”
Rama Peroo, Cowley College’s director of institutional communications and public relations, joined Ripley at the “Omaha Stampede”. Both Ripley and Peroo had an opportunity to take part in breakout sessions and learn valuable information from presenters at the conference.
The work done by Cowley College, as well as work done by numerous other community colleges, was on display at the conference. Finishing with the most awards of any school in Kansas helped validate the work Ripley and the marketing team does on a daily basis.
“I feel that we have one of the best marketing teams in the region and that we are technologically ahead of most of the other colleges,” Ripley said. “The conference helped me put into perspective all the marketing that is coming from the other schools and to see what the judges were looking for in these designs.”
While at the conference, Ripley and Peroo heard presentations on Self-Marketing Power, Define Your Marketing Zone, Lowering Marketing Costs, Overview of Threat Assessment Teams, and Community Colleges and the State Legislature.
Ripley was proud to represent Cowley at the “Omaha Stampede” and is grateful to be an employee of the college. “I love my job and my co-workers; everyone treats each other with the most respect,” Ripley said. “Art has always been my passion in life and now I’m doing what I love as a career. I also have a lot of Cowley pride because I went to school here.”
Peroo has enjoyed watching Ripley grow from a young college
student into a talented, cutting edge graphic designer.
“The work Kris does is truly amazing,” Peroo said. “I was glad to see the judges at the “Omaha Stampede” recognize him for the award winning work he does for the college. It has been wonderful to work with Kris and to see him develop into one of the best graphic design people in the country.”