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Bethany students earn national video award

Leaf Me Alone, a video produced entirely by Bethany Lutheran College students, has earned a first place finish in the Small College Video/Broadcast competition of the 2012 Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Festival of Media Arts. This highly competitive Festival features student works from many film and television programs across the country. The student team included Lydia Grabau, Kab Kaniess, Ben Lundsten, Ben Schultz, Katie Shrader, and Ruth Wels.

The BEA is a professional association for professors, industry professionals, and graduate students who are interested in teaching and research related to electronic media and multimedia enterprises.

The BEA Festival of Media Arts occurs as part of the National Association of Broadcasters and Broadcast Education Association annual convention. The convention will take place from April 15-18, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event draws nearly 100,000 industry professionals. Student winners are invited to be part of an awards ceremony where their work is screened and they collect their award. A group of Bethany students and staff members will attend the convention and awards ceremony.

Several Bethany student-produced projects have received BEA awards in the past, Chris Johnson, Bethany’s Studio Director notes, “We have received over a dozen awards from the BEA Festival of Media Arts over the past years, including Best of Festival Awards for the short films Fall from Grace and Summer Grasses, a first place in the student video competition for College Hockey Weekend, and honorable mention for Between the Lines.”

Johnson also said of the recognition, “The BEA Festival of Media Arts represents the best student media work in the country. To be continually recognized in the Festival demonstrates our students’ work is among the best in the country. Having independent judges rate the results of a Bethany education in media as excellent confirms our belief students can have all of the educational benefits of a larger university in a small Christian Liberal Arts College.”

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