Banquet, scholarship a lasting tribute to GIT student

  Monday, April 23, 2018 8:00 AM
  Alumni, Giving Back, News

Pittsburg, KS

Brittney Feuerborn

When Brittney Feuerborn set out to start the Crimson Creative Awards in 2016 as a senior in Graphics & Imaging Technologies, her goal was to celebrate the most creative minds at Pittsburg State. 

This year, on the one-year anniversary of Feuerborn's tragic death, the 3rd Annual CCA Banquet and Ceremony, to be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 23, in the Overman Student Center, will pay tribute to her as well as ensure a lasting legacy: her parents will award a $2,000 scholarship in her name, a scholarship that they plan to continue each year. 

Feuerborn, of Greeley, Kansas, died at age 23 on April 23, 2017, in Overland Park after complications from an ATV accident. 

While a student a Pittsburg State, she was passionate about the Graphics and Imaging Technologies program, said her mother, Karen Feuerborn. After winning a coveted Judge's Choice award at the Addy Awards, which qualified her for nationals, she was inspired to create a campus-wide award for creative students. 

Feuerborn also set out to inject new life into the graphic design honor society, Gamma Episolon Tau, and as its president founded the Crimson Creative Awards with the help of assistant professor Rion Huffman. 

"She hoped it would bring creative students from all majors and minors together," said Huffman, who described her as a model student loved by all. "She was the driving force behind it." 

The competition awards students silver, gold, judge's choice, and best in show awards in the categories of photography, graphic design and print, sculpture, graphite, paint, web and interactive, and video and packaging design. 

"Every time she spoke to us about the Crimson Creative Awards, she was very excited," her mother said of the inaugural event in 2016. "I know that she spent many, many hours in the planning. She was so pleased that there were quite a few entries and it went over so well." 

A month later, Feuerborn received her bachelor's degree in graphic communications with a minor in art and business; her career goal was to work for a marketing agency as a graphic designer. She hired on quickly with Limelight Marketing, a growing local boutique agency, and loved the design work, her co-workers, and the atmosphere, her mother said.   

"She was able to use her full creativity as a graphic designer in all aspects and was learning from the ground level about everything involved in a marketing agency," her mother said. "Sometimes this can be difficult in an entry level position in graphic design." 

But her daughter was equipped with creativity and a natural artistic talent from a young age, as well as what the experience and knowledge she gained in the PSU GIT program, which had been a perfect fit for her, her mother said. 

In 2017, Feuerborn returned to campus for the 2nd Annual CCA banquet and ceremony, happy that it would continue as an annual event, her mother said. 

Huffman said Feuerborn's memory will live on through the CCA competition, which has grown significantly: this year, it drew 147 submissions from 48 PSU students. And, the scholarship in her name will be a lasting tribute. 

"We chose to set up this scholarship in her memory and because the CCAs were started by her, we wanted this to continue for many years to come to honor her memory and love of PSU, GIT, and Gamma Epsilon Tau," her mother said.  

Funds used for the scholarship are from her mother and her father, Cliff Feuerborn, other family members, friends, and her hometown community.  

Karen and Cliff plan to attend the Crimson Creative Awards Monday night, along with family members. 

"We want this event to continue and thrive, so we will assist in making this happen in any way possible," her mother said. "Our goal is to see the event grow and more students participate and enjoy it while expressing themselves through their talents and artwork." 

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