Thursday, December 11, 2008
Ballard new webmaster at Rust
Marva G. Ballard, a native of Port Huron, Mich., recently joined the vice president/development staff as the webmaster for Rust College. Ballard is responsible for developing and maintaining the college’s website.
Over the last month and a half, she has upgraded the website including new information, graphics and page design. Alumni, students, prospective students, parents and all other visitors will find the site easily accessible with information from academics to WURC radio station.
Interested students no longer need to wait for an enrollment package to be mailed; now application forms and other information relevant to enrolling at Rust College can be downloaded.
Ballard is a resident of Memphis and works as a creative consultant for television productions and worked for two years as the marketing and communications director for Dress for Success Memphis. Since being in Memphis, she initiated operations with Women of Style, Spirit and Success Inc., an organization she founded in 2004. Success Inc. provides marketing tools, training and assistance to women operating small businesses.
She studied fine art at the University of Akron in Ohio and later opened a custom design salon in Indianapolis, Ind. In 1984, Ballard was nominated for the More Fashion Awards sponsored by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. She made her debut as a wearable artist, specializing in painted textiles at the 1984 Winter’s Magic Artists Exhibition in Indianapolis.
Ballard has extensive interest in leather and suede and has used her creativity to design apparel and home accessories owned by celebrities such as Angela Bassett, Albertina Walker, Twinkie Clark, and Susan Taylor; and professionals and women across the country.
Ballard worked in the clothing and related arts program at Tuskegee University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in fashion merchandising and a Master of Science degree in education. At Tuskegee, she helped transition the program from clothing and related arts to fashion merchandising. The mother of two, Ballard is excited about joining the Rust College family and feels that this is another stop in the journey God has prepared for her.
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