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Peru State Student Designs New Logo for Auburn Board of Public Works



(Peru, Neb.) The Auburn Board of Public Works (BPW) has named Peru State College (PSC) senior Bryan Weise, a graphic design major from Colorado Spring, Colo., the winner of a competition held to create a new logo for the utility. Weise’s design will appear on the BPW’s trucks, hardhats, uniforms, envelopes and letterhead.


Several PSC art students participated in the competition. Sam Griess, a senior from Falls City, and Max Manuilov, a senior from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, were named runners up. Each received $50.


The BPW’s old logo, which included ‘Barry the Bear,’ had been in use since 1990. The competition was held after employees agreed that the utility needed to project a new image that would better represent it and all the changes it has gone through in the past 18 years.


Betty Filbrandt, accounting and finance manager at the BPW said, “We were very pleased with the entries we received from the students at Peru, and picking the winner was a tough decision. The BPW staff and management feel that the winning design is unique and will stand out and represent our utility well. It incorporates our three departments simply and to the point – electric with the lightning bolt, water with the large water droplet and wastewater with the pooling image portraying treatment. Professor Waln was very helpful in establishing the contest guidelines. We are fortunate to have such expertise so close to home!”


PSC Art Professor Randy Waln said, “This competition was a terrific opportunity for our students to apply what they have learned. This kind of experience with real clients is difficult to duplicate in the classroom. I want to thank the Auburn Board of Public Works for inviting our students to participate in this project. It was a real pleasure to work with them.”


The Auburn Board of Public Works provides electric, water and wastewater services to Auburn, as well as electric service to the Villages of Brownville, Johnson, Nemaha and other rural areas. For information, visit