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Wednesday Odds and Ends

-Looks like Maria Scileppi is getting down to business as the new director at 72aandSunny’s “experimental” creative program, 72U, which is now accepting applications for its second class. April 5 is your deadline, kids. link

-Minneapolis-based Martin|Williams has added a handful of new staffers including art directors Brett Essman and Dustin Joyce, media planner Alexandra Hart and account supervisor, Megan Kell.

-Whatever issues GM’s Detroit-based agency Commonwealth seems to be going through at this point, it’s released its first full spot after the launch of its “Find New Roads” campaign for Chevy Sonic that stars Brooklyn-based MC, Theophilus London (above).

-Speaking of, at SXSW, the revamped MySpace has announced its first brand sponsor in Chevy and will revamp its “Secret Shows” in the process. link

-Twitter is developing a music app, you say? link

-In addition to picking up AOR duties for D.C.’s DARCARS Automotive Group, Bethesda, MD-based RP3 has added some new staffers including senior copywriter Mike Dabreau and Moxie alum Jake Naish as interactive copywriter.

-Who are/were the six types of people that were at SXSWi? link

-The New York Festivals has added more to its 2013 executive jury. link

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Ex-Chicago Portfolio School Director to Head Up 72U?

After spending well over a year away from the ad industry to indulge her artistic interests, it appears that Maria Scileppi is ready to get back into the mix. Sources tell us that Scileppi, who last we remember left her gig as director of the Chicago Portfolio School towards the end of 2011, is joining up with 72andSunny’s in-house “school” dubbed 72U. If you need a refresher, 72U was launched by the L.A.-based, MDC-owned 72andSunny nearly two years ago as an “intensive, one-of-a-kind learning experience designed to open people up to new ways of thinking, collaborating and tackling modern communication problems.”

From what sources who’ve heard from Scileppi herself via a recent memo tell us, she will take on the role of director come Feb. 1 at 72U, which was initially led by the likes of Geoff McGann (a W+K vet who you might also remember from this recent episode) and Kelly Schoeffel, who appears to still serve as strategy director at 72andSunny proper. As for the 72U director-to-be (so we believe), we’ve reached out to the agency folks to get some clarification on Scileppi’s status with the school, which we’ve been told will commence again in May, include just a handful of students and focus on creative projects ranging from videos to music to new media.

Chicago Portfolio School Director Calls it Quits?

Yeah yeah, we know you hate any posts ad school-related, but we’ll throw a bone this time to the teachers, not the students (perhaps because we’re feeling guilty about never visiting our old ones). Anyhow, a tipster sent us what is apparently a note verbatim from one Maria Scileppi, who has spent the last 18 months as director at the Chicago Portfolio School, which has produced creatives like these over the years. Anyhow, here goes:

“This is a bittersweet moment for me. After 4.5 wonderful years at the school I’ve decided it’s time to move on so I can pursue my art and passion projects. This has absolutely been a dream job for me as its allowed me to get to know and help hundreds of talented, creative, awesome people get their dream job.

I’ve had the pleasure of watching the school evolve into a power house for design and advertising. As some of the older alumni will attest, the school has come a long in the past four and half years. When I first started I took the garbage out, we had 1.5 floors, there was just three of us working full time (Jeff, me and a book keeper). We didn’t have Digital Bootcamp, the Guest Speaker Series, The Royale Rumble, The alumni job board, the “5th quarter”, Best of Quarter, the Freshman Mixer, the Portfolio Debut and I didn’t have an office for the first two years. The quality of the student body – the dedication, the passion, the work has increased exponentially and that’s reflected in the portfolios coming out of here, the hiring rate, the awards that are won and the press that our students have gotten.

I feel so fortunate to have had this position and look forward to passing the baton and cheering from the sidelines as the next Director moves the school forward. Jeff is meeting with lots of amazing candidates and will announce the new Director in the near future. Stay tuned!

My last day will be this Wednesday and for those of you in town, I’d love to share a hug and a beer with you.”