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Delta Queen Illustration Nabs Award for Designer

Mon Sep 15 2008

Cassie Lightfritz, graphic designer for the Center for Educational Technologies®, has been named an American Graphic Design Award winner for a flier and poster she created this year.

Image of flier promoting on-site missions for steamboat passengers.The award is presented by Graphic Design USA, which for more than four decades has sponsored national design competitions that spotlight areas of excellence and opportunity for creative professionals. The American Graphic Design Awards is the biggest and broadest of these, open to everyone in the graphic design community—advertising agencies, graphic design firms, corporations, institutions, publishers, and more. It honors outstanding work of all kinds and across all media: print and collateral, advertising and sales promotion, corporate identity and logos, Internet and interactive design, packaging, broadcast, and motion graphics. Of more than 10,000 entries, only 15 percent are recognized with a Certificate of Excellence.

Lightfritz, a 2007 graduate of West Liberty State College, was recognized for a flier and poster she designed to promote Challenger Learning Center® on-site missions for passengers aboard Majestic America Line steamboat cruises up the Ohio River. Lightfritz's flier and poster included a drawing of the famous Delta Queen riverboat that she created herself. The design incorporates the Delta Queen with the moon and a spaceship and the title, "One Small Step onto Shore, One Giant Leap into Space."

Passengers aboard the Delta Queen and other Majestic America Line boats that dock at the Heritage Port in Wheeling have been able to take part in the Challenger Learning Center on-site mission, Return to the Moon. The first mission was held in May, followed by missions in June, August and two missions during the Wheeling Heritage Port Sternwheel Festival this past weekend.

Participants in a Challenger on-site mission get a taste of what it's like to work in a space station and mission control. In Return to the Moon participants journey to the moon to explore the dusty lunar surface, launch a probe, and establish a permanent lunar base. More than 25,000 adult and student learners fly missions each year either at the Wheeling facility or through distance learning. The Challenger Learning Center has been honored nine years for having served the most people of the 51 Challenger sites worldwide.

Two parts make up the Challenger Learning Center: a space station that gives participants the simulated experience of working in space, and a mission control that is modeled after NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

During a two-hour mission participants serve on one of eight teams in mission control or on the space station. Merging the power of imagination with the excitement of discovery, participants become engineers and scientists as they simulate a space mission.