February 8, 2007

Charles Harmon Director of University Relations, Heather Harris Graduate Intern, Mike Savoie, Associate Professor Department of Communication ArtsMass Media Area (229) 333 - 7399

DeMarse Wins Broadcast Education Association Award

The Broadcast Education Association (BEA) awarded Valdosta State University’s Ron DeMarse, assistant professor of mass media, with the Best of Competition recognition in the Narrative Category for his submission of “Thesis Film” into the BEA Faculty Contest. The 115-minute ‘mockumentary’ follows the lives of 12 students, who make up the first class of film students at the fictitious South Georgia Polytechnic College, as they struggle to complete their degree and produce cinematic gold.

“I produced and directed the film, but the crew was all students,” DeMarse said. “We were in competition against professional crews, so this award is really a testament to them [student crew] and their hard work.”

The BEA will honor DeMarse at its 52nd Annual Convention in Las Vegas this April.

“Ron’s hard work and dedication has been reflected in the recent honors received for Narrative Production from the video emphasis in mass media,” Mike Savoie, associate professor of mass media, said. “Under his guidance and teaching, we are seeing stronger support and attentions of the video emphasis and this award will definitely enhance the area’s credibility.”

For more information, please contact the department of Communication Arts at (229) 333-5820.

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