Moon Township, Pa. -- Robert Maher gives new meaning to the term "professional student."
Maher, who balances his part-time studies at Robert Morris University with a full-time job at digital marketing firm SpaceBoy Interactive, recently captured one of advertising’s most prestigious awards – a Gold ADDY. The ADDYs are the advertising industry's largest and most representative competition, attracting over 50,000 entries every year to local ADDY competitions, such as the one in Pittsburgh.
"For a student to win this professional award is uncommon, but Rob has proven his talent again and again, beginning with the design of the interactive campus map used on the RMU web site," said Jon Radermacher, associate professor of media arts.
"I've had the privilege of working with Rob as his advisor and as his teacher on several occasions. Winning a Gold Addy, the highest level of advertising excellence, is a true accomplishment. I’m honored that our work is recognized among the best of the best in Pittsburgh," said Radermacher.
Maher won the Addy as part of the team at SpaceBoy Interactive that created of “Stuck Inside”, an interactive online flash advertisement that was made for Outdoor Recreation Partners.
In May 2008, Maher began an RMU internship at SpaceBoy, the digital marketing division of GBL, an advertising and public relations company. SpaceBoy Interactive services include online brand strategy, web design and development, flash and multimedia, and e-commerce applications, which was a perfect fit for Maher, a media arts major with a concentration in web design. Last fall, the firm offered Maher a full-time job.
"Transitioning from a full- to part-time student was a difficult decision for me, but the experience to create and implement web sites under the supervision of talented and artistic people has been invaluable for my career," said Maher. "My efforts at SpaceBoy were rewarded."