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UTVS wins awards

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Leah Carr, New Prague, UTVS news director

Leah Carr, New Prague, UTVS news director.

Matt Szymanski, Sauk Rapids, Husky Productions producer and UTVS station manager UTVS News anchors Emilio Ramos DeJesus, Princeton,  and Julia Allen, Big Lake. Alec Ausmus, Hinckley, sports anchor and UTVS sports director Leah Carr, New Prague, UTVS news director Lindsey Branwall, Shakopee, UTVS news director Chelsea Johnson, Bemidji, UTVS general manager 

St. Cloud State's campus television station earned five international media arts awards and will be honored at an April ceremony in Las Vegas.

Winning a Best of Festival Award and $1,000 from the BEA Festival of Media Arts is UTVS station manager and Husky Productions producer, Matt Szymanski, Sauk Rapids.

The award is for the Dec. 9 Husky Productions broadcast of the University of Nebraska-Omaha vs. St. Cloud State men’s hockey game.

“This is a team effort,” said Szymanski. “Everyone on the crew assisted in the production of this game. I couldn’t be prouder of my crew.”

Just 11 of the more than 160 awards in eight media divisions were deemed Best of Festival. Szymanski and Husky Productions were honored with schools such as Wake Forest University, University of North Carolina and Arizona State University.

The Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Festival of Media Arts is an annual media-arts competition for faculty and students.

UTVS is the student-run station that broadcasts on Charter Cable channel 21. UTVS' Husky Productions division manages broadcasts of men's and women's Husky Hockey games on Charter channel 87.

Sports anchor Alec Ausmus, Hinckley, won third place in the TV Sports Talent category. He is the UTVS sports director.

"UTVS En Espanol" won second place in the Television Newscast (airing three days a week or less) category. The program was founded by Emilio Ramos DeJesus, Princeton.

"UTVS News" won third place in the Television Newscast (airing four or five days a week) category for the Nov. 30 show. Named in the award were news directors Leah Carr, New Prague, and Lindsey Branwall, Shakopee.

"Husky Mag," a sports highlights and features show, earned an honorable mention in the Studio Video category. Producer/director Chelsea Johnson, Bemidji, general manager of UTVS, was named in the award.

UTVS produces a dozen regular programs. Derrick Silvestri '06 is the UTVS advisor and studio manager. Brian Stanley '93 is executive producer of Husky Productions.

"Most of these shows have well over 10 to 30 students involved," said Silvestri.

BEA's 58th Convention and 11th Festival of Media Arts is April 7-10 at the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.

The festival is sponsored by BEA, the Charles & Lucille King Family Foundation and Future Media Concepts, a New York media arts training provider. In 2012, the festival involved more than 1,500 students from 275 universities. More than $28,000 in prizes were awarded.

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