Dec. 5, 2007 — The American Advertising Federation recently announced that fourth-year student Andrew Teie of the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce has been chosen as a finalist for this year’s Most Promising Minority Students Program, the premier advertising industry award program to recognize and recruit outstanding minority college students in advertising, marketing, media and communications.
In addition to providing recognition, the Most Promising Minority Students Program connects the advertising industry with the nation’s top minority college seniors. During the week of Feb. 5 through Feb. 8, Teie will join his fellow finalists in New York to meet with advertising executives, who will use the opportunity to recruit fresh talent, further prepare advertising’s best young prospects and help the industry’s work force better reflect the multiculturalism of today’s society.
"This selection as a finalist for the 2008 AAF Most Promising Minority Students Program means a great deal to me," said Teie. "I am honored to be nominated for a program that continues the AAF tradition of recognizing top minority advertising students. I also look forward to having the chance to meet with some of the top advertisers in the world in early February in New York. It is sure to be an invaluable experience, and I thank AAF for giving me this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
Jack Lindgren, the professor of banking and area coordinator for marketing who nominated Teie, says that the fourth-year student, who is concentrating in marketing and management, is not just as excellent academically; he is also a leader. “Andrew has made the dean’s list numerous times,” says Lindgren, “but he is also the recipient of the Hispanic College Fund Scholarship Award, which is based on academics, leadership and volunteering.”
“Andrew is a first-class student and a great person,” said Carl Zeithaml, dean of the McIntire School. “I am delighted that he was chosen as a finalist for the AAF’s Most Promising Minority Student Program.”