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Huntington students, faculty earn top honors at Broadcast Education Association convention

Best of Festival, Best of Competition awards among highlights

Posted 6/7/24

Huntington University was recognized at the the 2024 Broadcast Education Association convention and awards presentation in April with a total of 23 awards for students and faculty.

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higher education

Huntington students, faculty earn top honors at Broadcast Education Association convention

Best of Festival, Best of Competition awards among highlights

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Huntington University was recognized at the the 2024 Broadcast Education Association convention and awards presentation in April with a total of 23 awards for students and faculty.

In conjunction with the Festival of Media Arts, the BEA released school rankings based on student achievements in the competition. 

The rankings evaluate “the quality and consistency of students’ creative works produced at one institution compared to those at other institutions,” according to the BEA, and are based on the past five years of competition results. Each of the seven competitions that are part of the Festival of Media Arts are ranked separately, in addition to an overall ranking.

"Once again we continue to place top of the nation with awards in animation, film and TV production, and being ranked number two in the nation for top film and video universities and colleges only further underscores that we have one of the most outstanding programs in the country," said Lance Clark, dean of the School of the Arts at Huntington University. “I’m so impressed by the caliber of work coming from both our students and faculty.”

Clark, along with Assistant Professor of Film Matt Webb, received an Award of Excellence in the Mixed Pedagogical Category for Wayfaring Stranger, Huntington University’s first feature film.

Additional highlights of this year’s award list include a Best of Festival award in the Student Film & Video Competition for Shanon McNeil, a Huntington University Arizona student, and a Best of Competition award in the Multimedia Storytelling Category for Phil Wilson, the Arizona digital media arts program director. Wilson took home a total of four BEA awards. Christian Washington, associate professor of animation in Arizona, and Jonathan Vinson, associate professor of film in Arizona, each received an Award of Excellence in their respective categories.

“I think one of the things that sets HU’s DMA program apart is that our faculty are active filmmakers and animators,” said Wilson. “I look up and down our roster and I see documentarians, animators and even feature filmmakers — all doing really cool stuff. It’s an honor to be on a team of such dedicated teachers and craftspersons.”

Also notable is the fact that Huntington University students swept the top awards in the Spots Category in the Student Film & Video Competition, claiming first, second and third place.

Huntington University’s award-winning Department of Digital Media Arts opened its doors in Huntington, Indiana, in 2005. The department’s inaugural year drew 10 eager students. Today DMA is one of the university’s largest departments on home campus, boasting more than 125 students during the 2023-2024 academic year and appealing to artists across the nation and around the world.

Growth for digital media arts at HU has included more than home campus students in Indiana. In 2016, HU opened the Huntington University Arizona Center for Digital Media Arts. Since its inception, that center has grown each year and has produced incredible talent in Peoria and beyond. More than 100 students were enrolled in digital media arts degree programs in Arizona as of fall 2023.

The list of undergraduate winners for Indiana and Arizona in 2024 includes the following:

Student Audio Competition
Comedy or Drama Category
• Award of Excellence: Codename: Many Voices; Tyler Bradley & Faith Wood, Huntington University

Sound Engineering and Production Category
• 2nd Place: All This Time; Sam Delagrange, Huntington University

Student Documentary Competition
Micro-Documentary Category
• Award of Excellence: Ott's Coffey; Hadlee Mertz, Smey Him & Jaron Sustar, Huntington University
Student Film & Video Competition
• Best of Festival: Dance of Dissent; Shanon McNeil, Huntington University Arizona (Animation Category)
Animation Category

• 1st place: Dance of Dissent; Shanon McNeil, Huntington

University Arizona

• Award of Excellence: Subliminal; Seth Lecheler, Cameron Wray & Taylor Stickan, Huntington University
• Award of Excellence: Scaredy Cat; Lavender Birch, Catherine Croteau, Kyle Hendrickson & Chelse Gathing, Huntington

Narrative Category
• Award of Excellence: MAIYA; Ella Nosek & Anna Bowald, Huntington University
• Award of Excellence: The Wonderful World of Eustace; Shay Reyes & Elliot Martin, Huntington University
• Award of Excellence: Reflections; Chris Blackford, Emerald Leong, Xander Martin & Kyra Crespin, Huntington University

Spots Category
• 1st Place: Conner Prairie Headless Horseman Festival Promo; Joy Heisey, Rachel Scobey & Rheanna Jones, Huntington University
• 2nd Place: Conner Prairie Jupiter Flights Balloon Festival Promo; Carrie Runyan, Joy Purcell, Anna Houser & Alyssa Smith, Huntington University
• 3rd Place: Spaghetti Shack Promo; Xander Williams,

Huntington University

Promotional Category
• Award of Excellence: In the Beginning Promo; Ericka Whitman, Huntington University
Studio Category
• Award of Excellence: "In the Beginning" Worship Night with Britt Nicole; Megan Hostetler, Huntington University

Student Scriptwriting Competition
Short Narrative Film Category
• Award of Excellence: Lemonade; Justin Witters, Huntington University