CMU's National Broadcasting Society chapter earns accolades at annual national convention
Central Michigan University's chapter of the National Broadcasting Society was honored several times over during the organization's annual convention. The awards accepted by the chapter during the late-March conference in Chicago were:
* CMU's NBS chapter was named the nation's Most Improved Chapter of the Year and achieved Model Chapter Status.
* CMU NBS Adviser Jerry Henderson, associate professor in the School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, was named National Adviser of the Year.
* Oakley junior Ashleigh Klipper was named National Communication Coordinator of the Year.
* Novi sophomore Dan Church was named National Rookie Member of the Year.
There are 80 NBS chapters nationwide, and CMU's chapter won more of the personal recognition awards than any other at the convention, Henderson said. Additionally, five CMU student projects were finalists in NBS's 2006-07 National Student Electronic Media Competition, with each receiving Honorable Mention awards. These included:
* Grosse Pointe Woods senior Michael Greiner and Boyne City senior Sheryl Sturza for "Chippewa River Rafting" in the Video Feature Segment category;
* Tianjin, China, graduate student Bowen Dou and Novi junior Caleb Newman for CMU's NBS Web site (www.bca.cmich.edu/NBS) in the Web Design/NBS Site category;
* Greiner for the A-OK Films Web site (www.a-okfilms.com) in the Web Design/Overall Site category;
* Greiner and May 2006 graduate David Seger for "The Imperial" in the Video Comedy Segment category; and
* Greiner and Muskegon graduate student Tom Kauffman for "Jam Session: Bad Emo Band" in the Video Comedy Segment category.
NBS's mission is "to enhance the development of college and university students involved in broadcasting, cable, Internet communication, telecommunication and other electric media." Rochester, N.Y., graduate student Patrick Brown was president of CMU's NBS chapter in 2006-07; Church recently was elected to lead the group during the 2007-08 academic year.
CMU grad student selected for prestigious summer fellowship program
A Central Michigan University graduate student has been selected to a highly competitive summer broadcasting fellowship program.
CMU School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts graduate assistant Bowen Dou of Tianjin, China, will be one of only 30 students participating in the International Radio and Television Society Foundation's annual Summer Fellowship Program. More than 800 students applied for the program.
"This summer fellowship program is one of the best internships in the U.S.," Dou said. "Applicants were from all over the country, and they have excellent achievements in the broadcast industry. I am very honored that I was selected."
Fellows in the IRTS program train during an extensive one-week orientation to broadcasting, cable, advertising and news media and then gain real-world experience in New York-based media corporations.
"I look forward to sharing my experience with media elites from other universities and industry professionals that I will be meeting with in New York City," Dou said.
Job placement has not been determined, but Dou - CMU's fourth-ever BCA student to be selected for the fellowship - hopes to work in the new media or commercial production fields.
She manages the BCA Web site, as well as the Web sites of WMHW-FM and News Central 34. She also is the senior designer and president of Moore Media Digital Design, a BCA cocurricular organization, and has completed internships with WNEM-TV and China Central Television.
"Bowen's acceptance into the prestigious IRTS Fellowship Program is a testament not only to her multimedia technical abilities, but also to the clarity of her career goals and her ability to communicate with top industry leaders," said Peter Orlik, School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts director. "BCA is proud to have students like Bowen who demonstrate the ability and sense of purpose to take full advantage of opportunities offered in our classes and cocurricular units."
Michigan Television Wins Five 2006 MAB Broadcast Excellence Awards
Michigan Television, the public television service from the University of Michigan, has been selected for five 2006 Broadcast Excellence Awards by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.
Michigan Television’s awards were received in the following categories:
News Special or Documentary: “Front Porch Theatre” – First Place
This program, produced by Michigan Television’s Gary Ewell, is a video time capsule, chronicling bygone days in Flint’s many neighborhoods. “Front Porch Theatre” captures the essence of a two-year undertaking by the Sloan Museum to document and share the history of Flint’s residents.
Mini Documentary and Series: “Matrix: Shipwreck Museum" & "Shadow Towns” - Merit
“Shipwreck Museum” explores the historical significance and human drama of the people who dedicated their lives to the safety of others via the lighthouse. “Shadow Towns” examines the history of three Michigan cities and their journey from boom towns to shadow towns and highlights their current revitalizations.
Feature/Use of Medium: “Matrix: Howell Opera House” – First Place
Since its closing in 1924, the Howell Opera House has sat, virtually untouched. This segment/short gives us a brief look into the golden days [1880-1924] of small town opera houses, most of which are currently extinct.
Feature/Use of Medium: “Flint Institute of Arts Renewal” – Merit
This program reveals the beautiful expansion of the Flint Institute of Arts, a truly magnificent art museum for a city of Flint’s size. The production team utilized sweeping dolly moves to provide added dimension to the gorgeous new galleries.
Cultural & Performing Arts: “Ann Arbor Film Festival” - Merit
This program brings all the fun and excitement of the festival’s many activities as well as films from the competition and special screenings.
“This is only the second year we have been considered for Broadcast Excellence Awards,” Station Manager Jennifer White said. “I am thrilled that our efforts are being recognized by the MAB and I look forward to more great things from Michigan Television in the future.”