2005 Highlights

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MPMS 2003
February 8–10, 2005
The New York Athletic Club
New York City


To facilitate greater corporate productivity and profit through diversity, the Most Promising Minority Students Program brought together leading advertisers, media companies and agencies with exceptionally talented multicultural candidates. This year, 40 of the country’s brightest minority students participated — a 25 percent increase over the previous years.

This year’s industry immersion component of the Most Promising Minority Students Program provided the students with a first-hand perspective on corporate environments and allowed recruiters to see the students in a professional setting. Participating companies this year were Ad Asia Communications, BBDO, ESPN ABC Sports, Johnson & Johnson, Lowe Worldwide, McCann-Erickson, Meredith Corporation, MTV Networks, Nielson Media Research and Verizon.

In addition, the Interpublic Group of Companies Inc. announced at the event that it is launching the Interpublic Fellows Program in cooperation with the AAF. The initiative marks the first time a company has committed to hiring and developing a group of graduating college seniors from the AAF’s pool of Most Promising Minority Students.

Event Highlights:
  • 2005 Photo Gallery
  • 2005 Most Promising Student Finalists
  • 2005 Most Promising Minority Student Honor Roll
  • Most Promising Students 2005 Agenda
  • USA TODAY Salutes the Students Ad (.pdf, 121k)
  • Recruiters Roster
  • Sponsors


  • 2005 Photo Gallery


    2005 MPMS Finalists
    Kimberly M. Ahrens
    Iowa State University
    Nominator-Jay Newell, assistant professor

    Tavis D. Bradshaw
    Long Island University/Brooklyn Campus
    Nominator-Kuan P. Chiang, Ph.D., asst. professor of marketing

    Jason Campbell
    School of Visual Arts
    Nominator-Richard Wilde, chairman, advertising and graphic design department

    Anjelica Caraballo
    The Pennsylvania State University
    Nominator-Wayne Hilinski, senior lecturer

    Marie Chaiart
    Columbia College Chicago
    Nominator-Kevin Christophersen, MA, faculty, marketing communication department

    Dara Chen
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Nominator-Steven Hall, prof./AAF college chapter adviser

    Feng Chen
    St. John’s University
    Nominator-Lauren Marano, AAF college chapter co-adviser

    Jack Cheng
    University of Michigan
    Nominator-Mary Schmidt, associate dean, school of art & design

    Larissa Jade Cole
    Syracuse University
    Nominator-Edward Russell, assistant professor of advertising

    Ceci De La Montanya
    University of San Francisco
    Nominator-Greg Pabst, lecturer, communication studies

    Gloria Leigh Delgadillo
    University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
    Nominator-Howard Liszt, senior fellow

    Nikki Duong
    Southern Methodist University
    Nominator-Alice Kendrick, professor at Temerlin Advertising Institute at SMU

    Camea Gilyard
    University of South Carolina
    Nominator-Bonnie Drewniany, associate professor

    Sarai Danielle Jones
    The Pennsylvania State University
    Nominator-Joseph Selden, assistant dean and lecturer, college of communications

    Danny Kim
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Nominator-Steven Hall, prof./AAF college chapter adviser

    Christina Kothari
    Michigan State University
    Nominator-Bonnie B. Reece, Ph.D., professor and chairperson
    Vina Ku
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Nominator-Steven Hall, prof/AAF college chapter adviser

    Angelica LeBelle
    Johnson & Wales University
    Nominator-Oscar Chilabato, associate professor

    Tila Maceira
    University of San Francisco
    Nominator-Greg Pabst, lecturer, advertising

    Chris Mickens
    Louisiana State University
    Nominator-Anne Cuningham assistant professor

    Ashley Montgomery
    Georgia College & State University
    Nominator-Jim Wenthe, Ph.D., professor of marketing

    Jerome Moore Jr.
    Wayne State University
    Nominator-Richard F. Beltramini, professor of marketing

    Mark Moravits
    The University of Oklahoma
    Nominator-David Tarpenning, visiting assistant professor

    Phillip Neal
    Washington State University
    Nominator-Tien-Tsung Lee, assistant professor

    Mary Nhotsavang
    Ithaca College
    Nominator-Scott R. Hamula, assistant professor

    Kathy Nontasak
    The University of Alabama
    Nominator-Mike Little, professor & AAF college chapter adviser

    Elijah C. Osorio
    Northwood University
    Nominator-Jim Cleary, chair, advertising department


    Meena Patel
    The George Washington University
    Nominator-Lynda Maddox, Ph.D., professor of advertising and marketing


    Laura Phan
    Florida State University
    Nominator-Barry Soloman, associate professor of communications

    Jeannie Anne Pinpin-Chaminade
    University of Honolulu
    Nominator-Cliff Bieberly, discipline coordinator, communications

    Kathy Puangkham
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Nominator-Steven Hall, prof/AAF college chapter adviser

    Graciela Ramirez
    The Art Institute of California-San Diego
    Nominator-Donna DiGioia, faculty adviser


    2005 MPMS Honor Roll

    Karina Aguirre
    Florida International University

    Regina Marie Almaraz
    Northern Arizona University

    Victoria Austin
    The Pennsylvania State University

    Jennifer Barja
    University of South Florida-Tampa

    Allison Bujnoch
    Southern Methodist University

    Sadat Brandon Burns
    Northwestern University

    Shantia L. Daniel
    University of Miami

    Candace I. Davis
    The University of Alabama

    Alice K. Dugan
    The University of Akron

    Aisha Faridi
    The University of Michigan

    Caroline J. Flores
    Hawaii Pacific University

    Natifia Gaines
    University of Hartford

    Samantha Raye Hankins
    Creighton University

    Benjamin Izsak
    Yeshiva University, Sy Syms School of Business

    Cheryl W. Kui
    The Art Institute of California-San Diego

    Jing (Krystal) Lin
    Hofstra University

    Tony Yan
    Baruch College

    Asia A. Zaragoza
    University of Texas at El Paso

    Cecilia H. Liu
    Washington University in St. Louis

    Emili Matsumura
    University of California-Berkeley

    José M. Merino
    Florida International University

    Poorya Nayerahmadi
    The Pennsylvania State University

    Mack J. Neal
    University of New Mexico

    Huy D. Nguyen
    University of West Florida

    Stella C. Nguyen
    The Pennsylvania State University

    Amanda I. Robison
    The University of Oklahoma

    Erica Nichole Smith
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Jolene D. Taylor
    Hofstra University

    Libby Thompson
    The University of Oklahoma

    Rebecca Tasca Valle
    The George Washington University

    Kiersten A. Walker
    The Pennsylvania State University

    Danielle Rachaun Washington
    University of South Carolina

    Patrice A. Wilson
    Paine College

    Patrice N. Withers
    North Carolina A&T State University



    2005 Recruiters

    Verizon Communications

    ABC

    BBDO

    Campbell-Ewald

    Carol H. Williams Advertising

    Condé Nast Publications

    Constituency Management Group

    Deutsch

    ESPN

    Foote, Cone & Belding

    Initiative - North America

    Jack Morton

    Johnson & Johnson

    J. Walter Thompson

    Knight Ridder

    Leo Burnett

    Lowe Worldwide

    MTV Networks

    Nielsen Media Research

    Octagon

    Ogilvy & Mather

    Saatchi & Saatchi

    Valassis

    Verizon Communications

    Young & Rubicam New York


    2005 Sponsors


    Principal Underwriter
    Pepsi

    Official Airline
    American Airlines

    Media Trade Partner
    Advertising Age

    Most Promising Champion Sponsors
    USA TODAY Verizon


    Most Promising Partner Sponsors
    ABC ESPN Knight Ridder Interpublic Group
    Leo Burnett Valassis MTV Networks


    Most Promising Advocate Sponsors
    Association of National Advertisers
    BBDO
    BET
    Johnson & Johnson
    Meredith Corporation
    Nielsen Media Research
    Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide
    Saatchi & Saatchi

    Most Promising Friend Sponsors
    Burrell Communications
    Campbell-Ewald
    Cleveland Advertising Association Education Foundation
    Discovery Networks
    District Two
    Young & Rubicam New York