MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Faulkner sports information director Ryan Bartels has once again received recognition for his work in graphic design and photography by a pair of national associations.
Bartels took home five first-place finishes in cover design for individual sport brochures at the recent NAIA Sports Information Directors Association convention. And two of his cover designs also won top honors in Faulkner's division of the College Sports Information Directors Association competition. The five NAIA SIDA award winners were the brochure covers for volleyball, women's soccer, men's soccer, women's basketball and softball, while the volleyball and women's soccer brochure covers were also CoSIDA winners.
"We're very proud of the role that Ryan plays in our office's mission, which is to bring extreme visibility to our teams and their student-athletes," said Doug Amos, Faulkner's assistant athletic director for media relations and marketing. "I've been involved in this profession a long time, and Ryan is without doubt the best photographer and graphic designer I have ever seen. We are blessed to have him at Faulkner."
Bartels has now won 24 total awards for photography and graphic design work in his five years at Faulkner, 19 of which have been first-place honors. His unique style allows input from the student-athletes, and he prides himself in creating an enjoyable experience for everyone involved.
"I talk with the student-athletes about the ideas for the covers and posters and then setup a photo shoot to try and execute it," he said. "They usually have a great time in the process and that shows in the finished product. If I can promote our students in a unique and creative way and keep Faulkner on the top of the stack when athletes and traditional students are making the decision about which institution to attend, I've done my job. When the work gains national attention that's just icing on the cake. It means more than just receiving a certificate. For me it's confirmation that the goal I set out to achieve has been met.
"Faulkner gives me a great deal of freedom in my design work and I try to maximize this opportunity to promote our student-athletes, the department and university as a whole. I work closely with the athletes and try to get to know as many of them as possible. I've seen how hard they work in practice and in competition and I want to try and reward that passion in whatever little way I can."
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