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      Here's further evidence you should always try new things. Capital University Communication/Electronic Media and Film students took top honors recently at the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) — Ohio Valley Regional Student Production Awards. It was the first time Capital had entered the competition.

      Out of a record number of entries in more than a dozen categories from colleges, universities and high schools across four states, Capital students and their advisor and professor, Dr. Betsy Pike, placed first in one category and earned honorable mentions in two additional categories.

      “This is the first year Capital students have submitted for these awards, and we've walked away with one winning film and two honorable mentions. I could not be prouder of my students,” said Pike, who directs Capital’s Electronic Media and Film program and teaches in the Communication Department. “This is a great step in putting Capital on the map for video and sound production.”

      Jane, with Matt Lewis as director, colorist and editor; Daniel Stemen as director and photography director; and Josh Vanderzyden, Lynn Tancak, Travis Martin, Max Taylor and Joey Belczak as producers, won the Music Video category.


      “This is the first year Capital students have submitted for these awards, and we've walked away with one winning film and two honorable mentions. I could not be prouder of my students.”

      – Betsy Pike, Director of Electronic Media and Film and Assistant Professor of Communication


      The Glass Half, written and directed by Oliver Rouch, earned an honorable mention in the Short Form Fiction category, and Daniel Stemen earned an honorable mention in the Audio/Sound Crafts category as sound engineer for The Moth.

      “Across all the various media disciplines, the students of the Ohio Valley Chapter embody the standard of excellence that NATAS was founded to maintain. Congratulations to those who have been honored this year. We’re proud to have the opportunity to encourage and mentor these dynamic students,” Scholarship and College Student Awards chairman Harrison Hove said.

      The awards will be presented during the chapter’s annual Emmy® Awards Gala on August 6, 2016, at the Lawrenceburg Event Center in Lawrenceburg, Ind.

      Capital’s Electronic Media and Film program delivers a creative, scholarly and skilled approach to creating and studying media, helping students discover their power as independent artists and communicators. The program provides rich opportunities to apply what they’re learning through projects and internships that cross creative disciplines. EMF at Capital teaches those who are interested in a career in video production, media and creative industries what they need to know as young professionals, and how to stay relevant in the future.

      The Ohio Valley Chapter of the NATAS was established in 1962. It is dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. The chapter presents the prestigious and coveted Emmy® Award to television professionals in 13 markets in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia, honors industry trailblazers with the Silver and Gold Circle, and makes scholarships available to students at colleges and universities throughout the region.

      Winner - Music Video Category


      Jane, Capital University
      Matt Lewis, director, colorist and editor; Daniel Stemen, director and director of photography; Josh Vanderzyden, producer; Lynn Tancak, producer; Travis Martin, producer; Max Taylor, producer; Joey Belczak, producer; Betsy Pike, advisor

      TSC "Jane" from Matt Lewis on Vimeo.

      Honorable Mention - Short Form Fiction Category

      The Glass Half, Capital University
      Oliver Rouch, director; Oliver Rouch, writer; Betsy Pike, advisor

      The Glass Half from Oliver Rouch on Vimeo.

      Honorable Mention - Audio/Sound Crafts Category

      The Moth, Capital University
      Daniel Stemen, sound engineer; Betsy Pike, advisor

      The Moth from Zach Hoover on Vimeo.