Congratulations go to winners taking home $1,000 for the Problem Gambling Contest

SALISBURY, N.C. — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College students competed in and won a local and statewide marketing and design competition to increase awareness about gambling addiction.

Thanks to a N.C. Problem Gambling Program grant award from the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services, creative Rowan-Cabarrus students were able to win cash prizes at the state and local level for their marketing and design work.

The College’s local winners went on to compete statewide with the graphic design students winning first place for their t-shirt design.

This competition was funded by the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Service. To participate, the College was awarded a N.C. Problem Gambling Program grant award of $5,000.

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month and the College is building awareness on campus by having a contest for marketing and graphic design students, funded by the North Carolina Problem Gambling Program.

Two groups of students, graphic design and marketing, competed separately for a combined campaign. Graphic design students created a promotional image to be used in the 2018 Problem Gambling Awareness Month campaign. The marketing students developed a marketing plan to relay the problem gambling awareness message to students.

Congratulations to the first place winners of the marketing team from Rowan-Cabarrus Instructor Garland Fulp’s Introduction to Business class, which included Tarilyn Lamb-Palo, Ivon Luna, Anna Phillips, Tatiana Robb, and Miranda Jordan. Congratulations also go to the first place graphic design student Adrian Horn, from Instructor Jahlisa Misenheimer’s Graphic Design Tech 1 class.

The Rowan-Cabarrus t-shirts designs were also submitted to the N.C. Educational Lottery’s “More Than a Game” campaign. The winning design will be produced and distributed to thousands across the state. Rowan-Cabarrus competed against one other school in N.C. and one of our students, Lori Irwin, won first place.

“I continue to be amazed by the imagination and creativity of our students,” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “This is a great opportunity for the College to promote an important message to our students and the community and get our students involved in the process.”

Professionals from each industry were on hand to judge the entries and first through fourth place received monetary awards for their work. There were two separate contests, one for marketing and one for graphic design, and each of the winners received $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, and $250 for third and fourth place. As part of the grant, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College will implement elements of the awareness plans.

“We wanted to provide services to people who feel more comfortable communicating via text or online,” said Smith Worth, Program Administrator for the North Carolina Problem Gambling Program. “Problem gambling is a serious issue in our state and we are excited to have the technology to reach a broader audience and offer help to more North Carolinians struggling with problem gambling.”

The North Carolina Problem Gambling Program was established to provide and support effective problem gambling prevention, education, outreach and treatment.

Problem Gambling Awareness Month aims to raise awareness of problem gambling, an addiction faced by North Carolinians every day. The National Council on Problem Gambling report one percent of U.S. adults meet the criteria for pathological gambling, and another two-three percent are considered problem gamblers. Additionally, research has shown that teenagers and college-aged young adults are more impulsive and at a higher risk for developing gambling disorders than adults. Studies indicate that six percent of college students in the U.S. have a serious gambling problem.

Support for problem gambling is now only a text or click away, thanks to new technology from the North Carolina Problem Gambling Program. Problem gamblers and their loved ones can receive help 24 hours a day by texting morethanagamenc to 53342 (normal text messaging fees may apply). The NC Problem Gambling Helpline, 1-877-718-5543 has provided round the clock services for problem gamblers and their loved ones since 2006. Help is also available via live web chat at www.morethanagamenc.com. If you have any questions regarding the prevention services, reach out to Alison Drain at 919-800-8482 or alison.drain@dhhs.nc.gov.

For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit www.rccc.edu/apply or call 704-216-RCCC (7222). The College is currently accepting applications for both summer and fall classes.