jennie l. lambabout jennie l. lamb

"During my first design course in the Magazine Journalism sequence in college, I received a holiday card from my professor--a simple piece of white paper folded in fourths. On the front of the card in a bold, sans serif font and all lowercase, it read "peace." On the inside, again in bold, sans serif and all lowercase, it read, "please." I fell in love with the simplicity of the design and knew then and there that I'd truly found my calling." -- Jennie L. Lamb

Jennie L. Lamb graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Journalism in Media Studies in 1997. During college, she interned at Texas Monthly Magazine in the Marketing Department, KNNC-FM in the Research Department, and KVUE-TV in the News Department. She also edited and designed the bi-annual 40 Acres of Fun for the University Co-Op.

After graduation, Jennie began her design career in earnest as the assistant art director for MacDonald Communications, a global construction and public works magazine publishing company. In 1998, she took over as Production Manager of the West Austin News, a weekly tabloid newspaper covering several west Austin neighborhoods, where her work was highlighted in award contests held by the Suburban Newspaper Association and the Texas Community Newspaper Association. In 1999, she moved to College Station, Texas, and began working as a graphic specialist and art project coordinator at the Ocean Drilling Program/Integrated Ocean Drilling Program at Texas A&M University. For eight years she thrived, working on a wide range of projects, from very technical scientific illustration, to more artistic pieces, such as holiday cards and annual report covers. In addition, she was a member of the electronic development team that successfully converted an all print publication to a completely electronic product. Her work on the package design for the DVD-ROM series, Proceedings of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, was honored with an award in the Art Packaging category of the Technical Art Competition held by the Houston Chapter of the Society for Technical Communications (STC) in early 2008.

In 2007, Jennie accepted a graphic designer position on the communications team at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), where she has built a reputation for quality customer service, unique design, and helping her clients identify and implement communication solutions. Highlights of her work there include eight years of art direction for the college's magazine, CVM Today, and an advertisement for the Gastrointestinal Laboratory featured in the December 15, 2007 issue of American Way Magazine and the March 2008 issue of Continental Magazine. In 2012, she introduced the first redesign of the DVM program's annual commencement brochure in over 15 years. In 2014, she provided voice-overs for videos about the Texas A&M One Health Initiative, including one shown at the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) National Conference. She coordinated communication efforts for the inaugural symposium of the Texas A&M Institute for Genome Sciences and Society (TIGSS) in 2015 and is currently directing production of a special coffee table book celebrating the CVM Centennial.

Since 2008, Jennie's work at the CVM has been honored by the Brazos Valley Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (BVIABC) with four Awards of Merit and 10 Awards of Excellence in their annual Bronze Quill Awards. Four of the same projects have gone on to win IABC/Southern Region Silver Quill Awards of Merit: Heart Sounds for Interactive Design in 2011, the Proposal for the new VetMed Education Building Expansion for Publication Design in 2012, and both the 2014 Annual Report and CVM Today--Summer & Winter 2014 for Publications in 2015.

Jennie is the principal of Just a Little Laugh Productions and has worked with freelance clients throughout Texas and Oklahoma. In the College Station area, she is known for her work with the Brazos Heritage Society from 2002 through 2004, especially her editing and design of the society's A Guide to Historic Brazos County, which is available at local chambers of commerce and convention centers. Her design of a stationery set for Swinging Double-V Enterprises, a veterinary consulting business, earned Just a Little Laugh Productions an 2011 Award of Excellence from BVIABC.

In 2014, she began her association with The Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity by providing comprehensive graphic design support and production coordination of all pieces for the 11th Annual Reproductive Equity Awards, including everything from the save-the-date cards to the actual trophies. The event raised over $27,000--almost $10,000 more than its goal and earned her a 2015 BVIABC Bronze Quill Award of Excellence. She continues to support the organization with pro bono graphic design projects, including designs for seasonal fundraising appeals, its 2014 Annual Report, and the 2015 Reproductive Equity Awards--which has expanded to three events in different cities across Texas.

Jennie is currently serving a two-term commitment as the president of the BVIABC board of directors and executive committee. She previously served a term as president-elect, two terms as Vice President of Finance, and two terms as the Bronze Quill Awards Chair. She served as the IABC/Southern Region Silver Quill Awards co-chair in 2013, in addition to attending an IABC/Southern Region Mini-Conference, the IABC World Conference, and IABC Leadership Institute. She was the Creativity and Innovation track moderator at the 2014 IABC/Southern Region Conference and presented an Express Session titled "Designer as Content Strategies: Bring Us to the Table" at the 2015 IABC/Southern Region Conference.

Since November 2011, "Miss Jennie Lynne" has co-hosted and co-produced Brazos Valley Gold, a weekly classic country radio program that airs on Fridays from 7-9 pm (US Central Time) on KAMU-FM 90.9 and kamu.tamu.edu. Her responsibilities include programming, maintaining the show's social media presence, and studio engineering. In 2015, she and her family received an BVIABC Bronze Quill Award of Excellence for "Brazos Valley Gold 2014: The 20th Anniversary Season."

Jennie's design strengths are anchored in desktop publishing, long-format documentation, and print production--brochure, magazine, and newsletter design--as well as preparation of electronic media. Most of her career has been in support of science in higher education. Her expertise in scientific figure preparation and data visualization allows her to help professors and researchers better illustrate key concepts for their colleagues and the general public. Jennie also dabbles in greeting card and custom game design, volunteers her time for nonprofit organizations, and has guest lectured in the Media Design Class for the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, & Communication as well as for the Science & Technology Journalism program at Texas A&M University.

When Jennie isn't working or volunteering, she likes to collect Monopoly games, scrapbook, read, engage in social media, and spend time with her family, friends, and husband, Martin A. Tapia III--fishing, cooking, and raising their dog, Logan.

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