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Stepping Up Project announces winner of logo contest

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Mary Jackovin, a recent graduate of the University of Iowa, submitted the winning entry in a logo contest for the Stepping Up Project, a community and campus coalition to reduce binge drinking and its second-hand effects. Jackovin was awarded a $100 cash prize for her entry.

The new logo will be used for a variety of purposes, including newsletters, letterhead, brochures, posters and advertising for the Stepping Up Project.

Jackovin received her bachelor's degree in December 1997 from the UI. She specialized in communication studies and television production and also earned a teaching certificate in education and journalism. She is currently teaching at Clear Creek/Amana High School.

Graphic design is just a hobby for me," she said. "I do it for fun because my Dad got me interested in computer graphics through his job as a designer of aesthetics for kitchen appliances." In fact, this is the second time she has won a design contest sponsored by a UI organization. She previously submitted a winning design for a notebook cover in a contest sponsored by the Iowa Memorial Union Bookstore.

The Stepping Up Project is one of six community/university coalitions participating in a national program, "A Matter of Degree: Reducing High-Risk Drinking Among College Students." The initiative is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, N.J., the nation's largest health care philanthropy, and administered by the American Medical Association. Other participating coalitions are associated with the University of Vermont, the University of Colorado-Boulder; the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Delaware and Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa.

Each community/university coalition was awarded a five-year, $700,000 grant to plan a comprehensive effort to reduce binge drinking and the "second-hand" effects of binge drinking - the problems that binge drinkers cause for others.