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sama lalitJeff Sama ’09 (Drawing) and Lalit Sittajarnpoong ’09 (Communication Design) received Alumni Excellence Awards for their senior thesis projects at the Alumni Association’s Annual Meeting in June.

Catching up with Sama, who said he is honored by the award and pleased to be carrying on the MIAD tradition of excellence in drawing, is no easy feat. While building his client base for his home-school teaching business, the former President’s Scholar has begun his second term as a board member of Mequon’s Logemann Community Center by building its web site.

He’s also part of the team working to create an arts summer camp for children with immunodeficiency and blood disorders, completing two commissioned murals, one residential and one commercial, and selling his artwork at Avenue Gallery and Frame in Racine.

Sittajarnpoong hasn’t exactly been sitting around either. Also a President’s Scholar, she’s currently a junior designer at communications and marketing firm Hoffman York, a position that developed from an internship she began in summer 2008 in its Third Ward office.

A  drawing by Jeff Sama ’09 that is part of “Clarity and Uncertainty,” his  senior thesis project exploring the search for meaning at the  intersection of art and life.|0|A  drawing by Jeff Sama ’09 that is part of “Clarity and Uncertainty,” his  senior thesis project exploring the search for meaning at the  intersection of art and life.

While at MIAD, she participated in the Visual Resources Design Group — an honor’s level design course — for two semesters and had one of her designs selected for the college’s Pre-College program brochure.

Lalit Sittajarnpoong ’09 created a  new typeface, Bares, for her senior thesis project. Inspired by the  mathematic beauty of nature, it is based on a timeless mathematical  theory, the golden section|0|Lalit Sittajarnpoong ’09 created a  new typeface, Bares, for her senior thesis project. Inspired by the  mathematic beauty of nature, it is based on a timeless mathematical  theory, the golden section

Sama’s and Sittajarnpoong’s work is on view in the MIAD 2009 Juried Exhibition through August 8 in the college’s Frederick Layton Gallery.