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Abby Dress

Abby Dress

Director, Public Relations Degree ProgramAssociate Professor of Media Arts

B.A., Hofstra UniversityM.B.A., Dowling College

Description

Abby Dress, whose career has spanned high-tech, medical devices, health care, the environment and the arts, is an associate professor of media arts at LIU Post, where she has directed its public relations degree program since 1993. She balances academia with professional work as the founder of Smith & Dress, a marketing communications firm, serving clients including Yellowstone National Park, Precipart, Canon and American Heart Association.

Her work has been recognized with numerous awards. Dress and her husband won a 2009 Gold Hermes Award from the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals and a Silver Communicator’s Award for a book they designed and produced, which also was included in the American Advertising and Green Design Annual 25. Her campaigns were recognized nationally with a 2006 Clarion Award by the Association of Women in Communication, reprinted in the Graphic Design USA Annual Award issues, honored by the Biomedical Marketing Association and described in the book, “Publicity for Non-profits.” 

She produced with Emmy-nominated videographer Mary Scott “Wings of Their Own,” a documentary about women pilots featuring the Ninety-Nines. It previewed at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, N.Y., premiered at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, N.Y., and was accepted into the 2005 New York International Film and Video Festival for Miami and New York.

Co-authoring “Igniting Steel: Korea’s Posco Lights the Way,” Dress also has by-lined articles in the Asian Wall Street Journal, Workboat, Advance for the Laboratory, The Science Teacher, and Science Scope, and has written critical book essays for The Journal of the Information Society and the Media Ecology Journal.

With Faye Feller, Dress received a grant through the Association of Hispanic Arts from the Rockefeller Philanthropic Advisors and The Philanthropic Collaborative, Inc. (TPC) for “Wonders of Learning Frontiers,” a Spanish Harlem weekend program integrating science, technology and arts. Invited to speak at the 59th Annual DPI/NGO Conference at United Nations Headquarters, they presented their youth project at “Education, Youth & Technology for Sustainable Development” sponsored by UNESCO, the CONGO Committee on Education and Rotary International.

She developed an award-winning logo to launch National EE Week in 2005. Projects with Yellowstone involved the development of its Web site greateryellowstonescience.org to connect various publics to science at the park and efforts to promote its electronic field trips as a middle school resource, with ten major American city public schools partnering in the program she developed.

Professor Dress is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America, judges the Silver Anvil and Big Apple Awards and advises a student PRSSA chapter at LIU Post. She also is a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, New York Women in Communications, National Association of Women Business Owners and Media Ecology Association. Recently, Professor Dress was appointed an outcomes assessment fellow at LIU Post, where she mentors other faculty in the assessment planning and measurement process.

A former board member and vice president of the Huntington Arts Council, Dress was honored with its Distinguished Service Award. She was instrumental in the founding of the Long Island Philharmonic and has worked with the Joffrey and Eglevsky Ballets.

She capped her B.A. in fine arts with an M.B.A. and is working on a Ph.D. at New York University.

Specialties

Public Relations, Corporate Social Responsibility, Environment & Sustainable Development, Education, Technology and Education

Publications

  • Co-designer, “Grounds for Knowledge: A Guide to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s Landscapes & Building” (2008)
  • Co-author, “Igniting Steel: Korea’s POSCO Lights The Way” Korean (1993)
  • Co-author, “Igniting Steel: Korea’s POSCO Lights The Way” English (1992)
  • Co-author, “Dowling College: A Collection of Personal Remembrances 1955–1989” (1990)
  • Author, “Fast Media, Media Fast,” review published in the Media Ecology’s Marshall McLuhan Centennial Edition
  • Author, “Digital Images for the Information Professional,” review published in The Journal of the Information Society
  • Author, “Beyond Technology: Children’s Learning in the Age of Digital Culture,” review published in The Journal of the Information Society
  • Author, “Made to Break: Technology and Obsolescence in America,” review published in The Journal of the Information Society
  • Author, “1988 Fires in Yellowstone,” published in The Science Teacher
  • Author, “Hot Spot at Yellowstone,” Science Scope, A National Science Teacher Publication
  • Author, “Lab on a Chip: Platform in Development,” published in Advance for the Laboratory
  • Author, “Refitting the Bionic Lugie,” published in Medical Equipment Designer
  • Author, “Running Out of Time: An Analysis of Shutting Down New York Newsday by Times Mirror,” published in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly
  • Author, “The Changed Media Landscape: Privatization in the Czech Republic,” published in Ventures in Research
  • Co-author, “The Global Challenge to America’s Engineering and Innovation Position” published in Gear Technology
  • Co-author, “Enterprise Excellence: Are We There Yet?” published in Gear Technology
  • Co-author, “Optimization through Customization,” published in Gear Technology
  • Co-author, “Determining the Knowledge Base Uncovers a Company’s Core Competencies,” published in Gear Technology
  • Author, “The 99s: 75 years of high-flying women,” published in Networking Magazine
  • Author, articles in Workboat Magazine, VIA Port of New York-Jersey and the Asian Wall Street Journal Weekly

Work Cited:

  • Design selected for inclusion in “American Graphic Design and Advertising Annual 25” (2009)
  • Designs selected for inclusion in “The Big Book of Green Design,”(2009)
  • Campaign noted in “Turnkey Program Yields Results,” published in “Publicity for nonprofits: generating media exposure that leads to awareness, growth, and contributions” (2006)
  • Designs selected for inclusion in “The 2003 Design Annual, American Graphic Design Awards” (2003)
  • Recognized in a cover story of Healthcare Marketing Report (1999)

Films

  • Co-producer, “Wings of Their Own,” a documentary about women pilots of the 20th century, accepted into the 2005 New York International Film and Video Festival, premiered at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, Garden City, N.Y. (November 29, 2004), and previewed at the Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington, N.Y. (July 26, 2004)

Honors/Awards

  • Recipient, Hermes Creative Award (International): Gold for Book Publication, the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (2009)
  • Recipient, Hermes Creative Award (International): Honorable Mention for Nonprofit Poster, the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (2009)
  • Recipient, Communicator’s Award (International): Silver Award of Distinction for Book Publication, the International Academy of the Visual Arts (2009)
  • Recipient, National Clarion Award, the Association of Women in Communication (2006)
  • Recipient, Communicator’s 13th Annual Silver Award of Distinction for a Corporate Identity Program Award (2006)
  • Recipient, Grant Award, The Association of Hispanic Arts
  • Work selected for inclusion in the 2005 New York International Film and Video Festival Recipient, Best on Long Island 30 Bronze Award for a Self-Mailer (2003)
  • Recipient, Award of Distinction, Biomedical Marketing Association (2000)
  • Cited in N.Y. Hospital and Health News as one of three major health care marketing/communications experts in New York (1998)
  • Recipient, Teaching and Learning Grant for the Collaborative Multimedia Project, C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University
  • Recipient, Distinguished Service Award, Croix de Guerre, The Huntington Arts Council (1993)
  • Member, National Business Honor Society, Delta Mu Delta (1990-Present)
  • Recipient, Citicorp “Success” Award

Affiliation

  • Nominated National Member, American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)
  • Former Board Member and Vice President, The Huntington Arts Council (HAC)
  • Member, Media Ecology Association (MEA)
  • Member and Former Board Member (NAWBO/LI) National Association of Woman Business Owners
  • Member, New York Communication Association
  • Member, Public Relations Professionals of Long Island (PRPLI)
  • Accredited Public Relations Professional, Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)
  • Member, Women in Communications (National and New York)

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