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Renicker Promoted to Associate Professor and Moves to Full-Time Instructional Role

Posted May. 9, 2013

Associate Professor Valora Renicker will move from her position as creative director of Glyphix into a full-time instructional role beginning in the Fall 2013 semester.

In her eight years as creative director, Renicker has impacted the professional careers and personal lives of several hundred students and represented the School of Visual Communication Design (VCD) in the greater Akron and Cleveland communities.

Renicker has lead 16 groups of Glyphix students to earn 38 ADDY awards since 2007. During her tenure, teams of Glyphix students have also earned the Silver Educational Advertising Award, a national competition conducted by Higher Education Marketing Report; three Interactive Media Awards including two Best in Class and one Outstanding Achievement; and the Award of Excellence at the University & College Designers Association’s 40th Annual Design Competition, among others.

“I love to watch the learning process,” Renicker says in her biography, “to be able to help enlighten and advance students’ understanding. It is amazing and gratifying to see what students in the VCD program can produce in upper level classes, with our strong core program as the foundation for their education in design.” In 2012, Renicker oversaw the Glyphix move to a downtown Kent studio shared with The Tannery Communications and the ScanPath Usability Lab.

Glyphix has worked with clients from the Kent State community and northeast Ohio region such as the Kent State Alumni Association, Hudson Montessori School and the College of Communication and Information (CCI) at Kent State.

"The best part of using Glyphix designs for our recruiting materials is that I can say to prospective students, “Not only did our students design the brochure you’re holding, but they won an award for it," said CCI Associate Dean LuEtt Hanson, Ph.D.

Renicker has been instrumental in connecting with alumni and often keeps in contact with former Glyphix students. Glyphix alumnus Lee A. Zelenak visited VCD in the fall of 2012 to share his experiences as a designer on the 2012 Obama Campaign.

"Rarely has any other class or internship been able to match the amount of responsibility and exposure students gain in working with clients, setting up files for production, creating specification documents, supervising press checks and photo shoots,” Zelenak said of his semesters at Glyphix. “Having this experience sets students apart from their competition and primes them for success as they go into their first design job," he added.

School Director, AnnMarie LeBlanc, said that she looks forward to Renicker’s increased ability to influence a greater number of VCD students in junior and senior level studio classes. LeBlanc said, “I am also very pleased to announce that Renicker has just been informed that she has been promoted to the rank of associate professor, a well-deserved honor that speaks to her outstanding performance as an educator.”

Renicker is a member of AIGA, the professional association of design, and the Akron chapter of the American Advertising Federation. She holds an MFA from Kent State, where her thesis project won the Graduate Student Senate Thesis Award for Academic Excellence for the School of Art. She enjoyed a varied design experience at SCK Design, where individual account responsibilities included work for Weatherhead School of Management, Cleveland Clinic, Great Lakes Theater Festival, DANCECleveland, Oberlin College, Federal Reserve Bank/Cleveland, and Allen Tellecom Corporation, among others.

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