Franklin Advertising | School of Journalism & Mass Communication | Kent State University

About Franklin Advertising

Franklin Advertising is a hands-on student organization for anyone pursuing a degree in advertising, marketing, visual design or other related communications studies. The organization acts as a bridge between dedicated students and local agencies and professionals.

As a club, Franklin Advertising dives into the advertising world by offering experiences like mock agency practices, admission to the Akron ADDY Awards and the opportunity to attend New York Advertising Week. Additionally, Franklin Advertising regularly works with real clients to give students the opportunity to gain experience in an agency environment. Members leave equipped with networking skills and a clear understanding of the industry.

Meeting Times

Franklin Advertising meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in Franklin Hall 213.


Director of Internal Affairs: Alissa Woodward,

Director of Brand Development: Kelsey Velemirovich,

Creative Director: Taylor Goudy,

Interested in becoming a leader for the 2017-2018 school year? Submit a resume and cover letter to our faculty adviser, Wendy Wardell at *Only members can apply for leadership positions.


Membership to the club includes hands-on workshops, professional speakers, agency tours and other advertising-related events that further students' professional growth. Membership costs $25 for one semester or $50 for two semesters. For more information about membership, contact Alissa Woodward at

Events and Professional Development Opportunities

Communications Connection

Every fall semester, Franklin Advertising partners with PRSSA Kent to co-host an annual networking event for communications students. Attendees connect with industry professionals from companies and organizations in Northeast Ohio. Additionally, students develop their professional portfolio with professional headshots and resume reviews.

KSU Flashathon

Every spring semester, Franklin Advertising works alongside KSU Flashathon, a student-run philanthropy that benefits Akron Children’s Hospital. Franklin Advertising produces promotional materials and host events leading up to Flashathon. For more information about Franklin Advertising’s involvement with Flashathon, contact Kelsey Velemirovich at

FAd Awards

The FAd Awards is a creative awards ceremony hosted by Franklin Advertising. This event works as a platform for students to present their best creative work to professionals, faculty members and fellow students. Submissions are judged upon the following categories: Best Video Piece, Best Logo Design, Best Print Piece, Best Photograph, Best Web Design, Best Illustration, Best Copy and Best in Show. For more information about the FAd Awards, contact Alissa Woodward at

New York Advertising Week

Students involved in Franklin Advertising can join professionals from around the world at Advertising Week to share best practices in the advertising industry. The week-long event includes seminars, workshops, networking opportunities and nightly concerts, all of which give students a clear picture of the advertising, marketing and entertainment industries. For more information about New York Advertising Week, contact Wendy Wardell at

Akron ADDY Awards

Advertising students compete alongside professionals at the Akron ADDY Awards. To read more about Kent State’s recent success at the 2017 ADDY Awards, go to

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Twitter: @franklinadksu