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Cayuga Students' Video Wins National Award

DATE: 11-17-2004

A music video by a group of Cayuga Community College students has garnered a top prize the 2004 National Student Production Awards competition of the Collegiate Broadcasters, a nationwide association for college media students and faculty. First place in the contest's music video category went to "Color Blind," by Caleb Kerlin, Brian Chalupnicki, and Dave Marks. The trio created the video last spring as students in Cayuga's broadcasting and electronic media program. Their project was part of a television production course taught by Steven R. Keeler, director of the program.

The award, a first for a video produced by students from a community college, was announced at the national College Media Advisors convention in Nashville on November 5. Judging for the competition was done by media professionals from around the country.

Among the 2004 finalists defeated by "Color Blind" was another video from Cayuga, "Trouble," by students Pete Cramer, Veronica Beverley, Ken Bonnie, and Adam Hogan. Cayuga also made it to the competition's final round in 2002, and remains the only community college to reach that level. The annual competition draws entries from such film and television powerhouses as New York University, Emerson College, Carnegie-Mellon University, and the University of Texas at Austin.