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AdTEAM DEBUT AT UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

When Ed Ackerley was President of the Tucson Ad Club in 1985, he established the UA Ad Club. Over the years the club has been known as: UA Ad Club, UofA Ad Club, UA Ad Fed, AdFed, Studio 320, NSAC Team and AAF Arizona.

Beginning May 15, 2017 the club and class will be merged into The University of Arizona AdTEAM
representing both the American Advertising Federation University Chapter and the National Student Advertising Competition Team.

According to Dr. Ed Ackerley, “we are in the advertising business and sometimes branding ourselves is the most difficult thing. We have come a long way in the last three decades, and as we move forward the Eller College of Management Department of Marketing will grant upper division credit for the competition class, we are embarking on a new partnership with Adobe, and the focus will be on careers, job placement and alumni interaction. The effort is to provide students interested in advertising 100% engagement in the industry and the best chance to compete for careers." Dr. Ackerley teaches in the Eller School of Management Department of Marketing as well as the Film & Television School and the Department of Communication, and he also begins his 33rd year as the organization’s faculty advisor.

Dr. Ed Ackerley

In 2009, Ackerley and Dr. Robert Lusch launched AdCATS to give students a ‘real-world’ experience designing on campus campaigns for university clubs, departments and events. The AdCATS remain a strong and vibrant club challenging dozens of students each semester with advertising opportunities to apply what they have learned to the marketplace. Dr. Hope Schau is the AdCATS Faculty Advisor.

According to Dr. Mrinal Ghosh, Chair of the Department of Marketing at the Eller College of
Management, the introduction of AdTEAM is a compliment to the University of Arizona AdCATS
experience, allowing the AAF Club members and the National Student Advertising Competition Team to continue a record of excellence in pursuit of advertising as a career.

For More Information:
Dr. Ed Ackerley
The University of Arizona
Department of Marketing
McClelland Hall 330
(520) 621-7479