TCC graphic design students receive city awards

October 4, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (October 4, 2016) – A recent installation of photo display panels at the intersection of Springhill Road and Capital Circle Southwest found its roots in a graphic design class at Tallahassee Community College.

Three TCC students from Roopali Kambo’s graphic design class received awards from the City of Tallahassee for their concepts of the display panels, which were created digitally and printed on vinyl. Students Kira Poole, Cassandra Holston and Gregory Daniels received recognition for their banner designs.

“In this class, my students are challenged to push themselves creatively and technically,” said Kambo. “One of my goals is to continue to incorporate real projects into the curriculum. The benefits of working on a project like this are myriad.”

The collaboration between TCC and the City of Tallahassee provided an opportunity to improve the aesthetics of the exterior of the Thomas P. Smith wastewater treatment facility, which motorists view as they travel along Capital Circle Southwest. Kambo stressed the importance of students having the opportunity to collaborate with real clients in the community.

City of Tallahassee staff met with the students multiple times throughout the process to discuss the scope of the project and determine the specifics for how the panels would be displayed. The staff, together with Kambo, selected the four winning designs made by Poole, Holston and Daniels.

Jonathan Kilpatrick, CoT’s underground utilities technology manager and a member of the TCC District Board of Trustees, presented the students with their awards.

“Choosing the final winners was difficult due to the high caliber of work presented by the students,” said Kilpatrick. “The creativity and quality of work that these students illustrated is certainly an indication of the exceptional level of student talent and faculty instruction at TCC.”

Kilpatrick added that the judges initially intended to select only one winning design.

“I am grateful to Trustee Kilpatrick for facilitating this opportunity,” said Kambo. “He and others from the department came to our classroom at various stages of the project and gave feedback to our students. The students then further refined their work.”

The display panels are eight feet tall and four feet wide.

For information, contact Roopali Kambo at (850) 201-8338 or