Albany Technical College Design and Media Production Technology Chair Jill Mash (left) and Albany Tech Design and Media Production and Technology student Robyn Malone (right) display a special seal Malone designed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Junior League of Albany. (Staff Photo: Brad McEwen)
ALBANY — In honor of the organization’s 50th anniversary, the Junior League of Albany will display a special seal designed by a design student at Albany Technical College throughout 2014.
When the organization began planning for its anniversary year, Albany Tech Marketing Program Chair Kristi Baranko, who is also a Junior League member, immediately had the idea of having a student in the school’s Design and Media Production and Technology program involved in creating something special.
“We had our first [Junior League] council meeting and they threw out the topic of the 50-year seal, so I automatically think about Albany Tech students,” said Baranko. “Any time we can get our students involved with the community and show the community what our students have to offer, I jump at the chance.”
After meeting with teachers and students in the design department, Baranko settled on Robyn Malone, a design major who turned out to be the right woman for the job. The two then worked hand in hand for over month designing and producing the seal.
“We went back and forth with a lot of designs and she was accommodating and professional and very understanding of our needs for it to be professional and sophisticated but feminine,” Baranko said. “She just did a great job.”
For her part, Malone was pleased to get the opportunity to showcase her work, while also learning about an organization she was not familiar with.
“At first I didn’t know what the Junior League was,” said Malone. “I’d never heard of it before in my life. It started out as something I had to do with my internship just to graduate. Then it was pretty exciting to know that it was the 50 year seal for a major organization in Albany.”
Not only is Baranko pleased to gain a great looking seal for the organization, she is pleased Malone is able to gain exposure and have an important item in her portfolio as she nears graduation.
“Starting now through 2014, it’ll be on our monthly newsletter and it’ll be on everything that’s on our website,” Baranko said. “It’s going to be on everything for the whole year.”
The Junior League of Albany was founded in 1964 and is a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International. Dedicated to promoting volunteerism and improving communities through effective leadership, the Junior League is exclusively educational and charitable.
Consisting entirely of female members, the Junior League reaches out to women of all races, religions and national origins, who demonstrate an interest and commitment to volunteerism.