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MC Graduate Student Jennifer Dyess Wins National Award

May 30, 2008

Mississippi College fine arts graduate student Jennifer Dyess is the new winner of a prestigious award in competition attracting many of the world's leading communication professionals.

The 14th annual Communicator Awards honored Dyess, a Brandon resident, with its "Award of Distinction" in the overall design category. Her "Winner's Challenge Brochure" was recently printed by Hederman Brothers Printers of Ridgeland.

Founded by communication professionals more than a decade ago, the Communicator Awards received more than 8,000 entries from companies and agencies of all sizes around the globe. It is the largest awards program of its type. The award of distinction spotlighted projects exceeding industry standards in quality and achievement.

Judges in the 2008 competition came from the International Academy of the Visual Arts that boasts a membership from such companies as Yahoo!, Disney, Home Box Office, and Estee Lauder. The awards program honors outstanding entries in such categories as audio, video, print and interactive.

Dyess has worked in Mississippi for nearly eight years with Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company where she is senior graphic designer/web designer.

"I am thrilled to be recognized for my overall creativity in such a prestigious competition," Dyess said Thursday.

Her latest honor delighted Steve Cook, an associate professor of art at the Baptist-affiliated university in Clinton.

Dyess "has been a dedicated and spirited graduate student, and is now on the home stretch of her Master of Fine Arts degree," Cook said. "Her awards speak volumes about the respect in which she is held as an artist and designer."

Bert Jackson, vice president for sales at Hederman Brothers Printing, is also bullish about the award-winning MC graduate student. "We are honored to be able to work with very talented people," he said. "For Hederman Brothers to be successful, we must have highly motivated and successful clients."

In June 2007, Dyess, 35, received a "Best of Category" award at the annual convention of the Printing Industry Association of the South in Destin, Fla. The non-profit group represents a seven-state region. Hederman Brothers Printers submitted 20 pieces in the contest. That was the second time Dyess received a "Best of Category" award in the annual contest.

When she's not on the job as a successful communications professional, Dyess and her husband, Andy Dyess, stay busy at home. The Rankin County couple have a daughter, Jenna, and three stepsons, Brian, Mark, and Corey. In recent years, Jennifer Dyess has also been active with the military. She served four years each with the Louisiana Air National Guard and Mississippi Air National Guard. A native of New Orleans, Dyess received a bachelor's degree in fine arts at Delta State University in 1998.

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