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Ball State receives seven Emmy Award nominations (6/12/2006)

Regional Emmy statuette

Ball State has been nominated for seven regional Emmy Awards by the Cleveland chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

A group of faculty, staff and students from the telecommunications department, Teleplex and other university departments will attend ceremonies Sept. 9 in Cleveland.

Nancy Carlson, chair of the telecommunications department, said the 50 regional Emmy nominations earned since 2000 demonstrate the university's commitment to developing her department into a national model for programs in news, film and entertainment.

"We've gone on to win 16 regional Emmys in the past six years — with 12 of them in professional categories — demonstrating the high caliber of our telecommunications program," she said. "Our students being nominated each year in the same categories as professionals from television stations in Cleveland, Indianapolis and Toledo says that we are setting the standard for universities and colleges to follow."

Emmy nominations in various categories include:

  • Crafts: Director — Tape/Film: "Say Goodbye," Brett Varvel, a sophomore from Brownsburg, director
  • Public Service Announcement: "Number One Killer," Kody Gibson, a senior from Alexandria, producer/director and John David Brake, a senior from Carmel, producer/writer; and "Think Smoking is Sexy," Julian Dalrymple, a senior from Michigan City, producer
  • Magazine Format Programs: "Indiana Outdoors," Carlson, executive producer.
  • Commercials: "Super Fan," Bill Bryant, Teleplex producer/director, serving as producer, director and editor, and Jason Higgs, Teleplex graphic designer, producer
  • Feature/Entertainment Segments: "Ball State Fight Song," Jaron Henrie-McCrea, a 2005 graduate, producer/director; Karin Partin, a 2003 graduate, associate producer; Chad Cooper, a former student from Angola, cinematographer; Jared Simmons, a 2005 graduate, sound editor; Luke Amos, a graduate student from Muncie, lighting; and Glenn Augustine, associate director of University Communications, executive producer
  • Community Service: "2005 United Way of Delaware County" video, Bryant as director, editor and videographer; Jeff Crone, Teleplex production assistant, videographer; and James Allan Rent, director of University Marketing, executive producer.

The Emmy nominations for Bryant, Higgs and Crone signify the strengths of the Teleplex, said William Cahoe, Teleplex director. The Teleplex provides state-of-the-art media-related services to faculty, staff and departments and oversees the operation of public television and radio programming.

"Being nominated tells us that we have some of the best professionals in the business on our staff," he said. "The nominations show that we are achieving our goals of providing the university and East Central Indiana with outstanding service and programming, and we are fortunate to work with talented individuals from other areas of the university, such as Al Rent."

Tony Prizevoits, a junior from Indianapolis and owner of TAV Productions, was also nominated in the Crafts: Editor-Non News category for "Muncie Dragstrip/Oliver Winery Composite," which he produced through his company.

The Cleveland chapter includes television stations in Akron/Canton, Cleveland, Dayton and Toledo, all in Ohio; Bloomington, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis and Muncie in Indiana; and Erie, Pa.

(Note to editors: For more information, contact Carlson at or (765) 285-1480.)                                 

By Marc Ransford, Media Relations Manager