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EDSF Announces Excellence In Education Award For Innovation In Higher Education

Press release from the issuing company

TORRANCE, Calif., U.S.A. (Dec. 13, 2005) --- The Electronic Document Systems Foundation (EDSF) has presented the Drawn to Reading Program at the Ball State University Department of Industry and Technology in Muncie, Ind. with the Innovation in Higher Education Award. Sponsored by Xerox Corporation, this award is presented to a degree-granting institution or organization at the undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate level whose program is dedicated to the advancement of the document industry through education. Drawn to Reading enhances the effectiveness of education in the document communications industry by providing a creative, practical and service- learning curriculum for university students. It also harnesses the expertise of industry professionals in a project that produces useful promotional materials on literacy and reading for a state agency. EDSF is the non-profit organization dedicated to the document communications and enterprise content management industry. “I am honored that EDSF has recognized Drawn To Reading,” said Hans Kellogg, program director and assistant professor of graphic arts. “It validates the importance of service learning. What better way for students to learn and grow than through the process of teaching others? Who knows when the spark in the eye of our youth will transfer into leadership of tomorrow? EDSF's support has encouraged me to investigate expanding this program so others may benefit. Everyone benefits when children are Drawn To Reading!” Drawn to Reading is a cooperative active service-learning program that connects elementary school students and students in the commercial printing and graphic arts management course at Ball State University through the creation and printing of bookmarks. More than 160,000 completed bookmarks, produced by industry partner and press manufacturer MAN Roland, have been distributed to local libraries by the State Library of Indianapolis and are used to promote literacy throughout Indiana. Kellogg founded the program in 2001 as he searched for a challenging, functional printing project for his class that would have a broad impact and fit into Ball State University's strong emphasis on service learning. A teacher for more than 23 years, Kellogg is fueled by a passion to promote graphic communications as a blend of the analytical and creative. He continues to strive to develop relationships outside of the university to benefit students of all ages. As a member of the faculty at Ball State University for the past 11 years, he has presented and written on his areas of expertise in service learning, digital imaging, and color theory.