November 20, 2012
From: Laura Clark
Director of Media Relations
ULM student’s design chosen to represent Monroe Police Department
The creativity of a University of Louisiana at Monroe student resulted in the Monroe Police Department’s first official seal, which was unveiled in a special ceremony today at the Public Safety Center.
ULM fine arts student Sara Powell designed the new seal for the Monroe Police Department.
The artist responsible for the new seal is Sara Powell, a ULM senior who will earn a bachelor of fine arts degree with a graphic design concentration in December 2012.
The Monroe native said, “It’s a pleasure to be here, and I would like to thank everybody from ULM who helped me, which definitely includes all of my professors. I’m very lucky to have my graphic design professor, Brian Fassett, here today. He taught me everything I know. He took me from a beginner to where I am now. Thank you to the ULM art department, and thank you to ULM.”
Various artists submitted concepts for the proposed seal. Internal and external city department members voted for the best design, ultimately selecting Powell’s creation.
Monroe Chief of Police Quentin D. Holmes, Sr. presented Powell with a plaque, certificate, and a gift card.
Holmes also presented Powell and Monroe Mayor James E. “Jamie” Mayo with the first lapel pins depicting the new seal.
Mayor Mayo said, “I want to thank our university student for being here and sharing in this momentous occasion.”
Fassett, a ULM art professor, said, “ULM has an extraordinary art program, and it is not unusual to see any of our students receiving this kind of attention. However, it is especially rewarding for a graphic designer to receive acknowledgement since good graphic design by its nature tends to be invisible; the goal is always to celebrate the client’s message rather than the artist’s statement. Sara is one of many rising stars about to receive the BFA degree from the ULM Division of Art. Her designs are always intelligent, crisp, and well crafted.”
To view or download photos of today’s unveiling of the new seal, visit ULM's Facebook page