HARRISBURG, Pa. - Using the sun as her inspiration, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania student Caitlin Wilson came up with the winning entry in a contest to design a new logo for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
Wilson's design features the outline of the commonwealth, with the locations of each of the 14 PASSHE universities identified, and a brilliant sunburst.
"The main inspiration behind the logo was the idea of the sun," Wilson said. "One of the main goals of all PASSHE universities is to help provide higher education to prepare students for personal and professional success. The sun is the main source of life for all on our planet, and PASSHE's role is to help better that life."
Wilson, a senior biology major from Gettysburg with a lifetime interest in art, submitted the winning entry in the logo design contest that was open to all PASSHE students. More than 100 entries were submitted. She will receive a $5,000 award from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Foundation.
Wim Mulder, a graduate student in electronic media at Kutztown University who is from the Netherlands, also will receive a $5,000 award from the foundation for the development of a new Web site for PASSHE. The Web site, which will incorporate the new logo, will be launched later this year.
"When we considered redesigning our logo and Web site, we made a conscious decision to involve our students in the process," said Karen Ball, PASSHE vice chancellor for external relations. "The number and quality of entries we received demonstrated the tremendous talent of our students at all of our universities and resulted in a robust competition."
A committee that included individuals from the Office of the Chancellor and the campuses evaluated the students' submissions in both portions of the competition.
After the winning logo entry was selected, another student, Jeremy Gilberto, a fine arts major at Kutztown University, adapted it for use in a variety of printed materials, including stationery, folders, business cards and other PASSHE publications. Gilberto, of Palmyra, received course credit for his design work.
The PASSHE Web site (www.passhe.edu
Current users can visit the Web site to, among other things, find what academic programs each of the universities offer, to read about what is happening across the state system and to follow the latest actions of the PASSHE board of governors. The new site will offer a much more user-friendly environment.
"We're really excited to see the final product," Ball said. "We hope to end up with a Web site that all of our students will find useful and will want to use."