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From Carrie Moniot:
 In an effort to reflect the convergence occurring in the digital world, the Communicator Awards instituted a new "Online Video" category this year.  

I'm pleased to announce that "Hail to RMU" has been awarded the Communicator Award of Distinction in the Online Video-Student category! Please congratulate Junior Media Arts major Alec Balenciaga, December COMM graduate Haley Sawyer, Sophomore Media Arts major Nick Milliron, Media Arts major Matt Devito and AMC grad assistant Ben Cole!

Now, for a little bit about this award.  The Communicator Awards is the leading international awards program recognizing big ideas in marketing and communications. Founded two decades ago, The Communicator Awards receives over 6,000 entries from companies and agencies of all sizes, making it one of the largest awards of its kind in the world. As they entered the 22nd season, they also introduced  expanded online video and social categories, making this year's awards bigger and better than ever. 

The Communicator Awards is sanctioned and judged by the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts, an invitation-only group consisting of top-tier professionals from acclaimed media, communications, advertising, creative and marketing firms. AIVA members include executives from organizations such as Airtype Studio, Big Spaceship, Conde Nast, Coach, Disney, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Estee Lauder, Fry Hammond Barr, Lockheed Martin, MTV Networks, Pitney Bowes, rabble+rouser, Sotheby's Institute of Art, Time, Inc, Victoria's Secret, Wired, and Yahoo! 

Quite an honor for our students.


RMU Sentry Media took second place for Best Tweet in the CMA Apple awards competition. The David L. Adams Apple Awards are given as a “Best of Show” at the annual CMA Spring Conference in New York City. The awards are named in honor David L. Adams, a longtime College Media Advisers stalwart and adviser at Indiana University, who died in 2007.

Alec Balenciaga took second place in the long-form documentary competition at the CMA film festival for "Hail to RMU," a project which also involved Haley Sawyer, Nick Milliron and Ben Cole.

It's great to see RMU consistently win national awards! 

In addition, NYC16 offered 250 sessions, two of which were led by RMU Sentry Media students. Editor-in-chief Hannah Smith co-led a session titled "You're the EIC, but it's NOT the newspaper." Hannah was also part of a session on media convergence called "Student Media Convergence: Come Together."  She was joined by Delaney Hassell, Matt Merlino, Morgan Torchia, Eddie Sheehy and me.  


AMC staff and students Ray Zaparoni, Joe Hale, Jacob Hartzfeld, and Dylan Mckenna provided multi-camera and streaming support for the Business week event that took place February 22-25, 2016 at the Sewall Center.

Recorded streams can be viewed here:


Please congratulate RMU Sentry Media and Alec Balenciaga, Haley Sawyer, Nick Milliron and Ben Cole for winning a bronze Telly Award in the brand new Student Online Video category for their work on "Hail to RMU. "  The Telly Awards honors the very best film and video productions, groundbreaking online video content, and outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs. 

Video can be viewed here:


RMU Radio was on hand for the 4th annual Three Rivers Classic, as the men's hockey team participated in a two-day tournament. The Colonials were joined this year by Penn State, Clarkson and U-Mass Lowell. Vince Russo, Dan Kitchen, Matt Merlino and Kristen Kudla provided play-by-play and color commentary, while Ben Cole and Delaney Hassell hosted pregame, intermission and postgame shows. 

Archived broadcasts of all four games are at

On Dec 3rd, the RMU Jazz combo was the 1st group to play in the newly remodeled RMU Radio station  during Don Luisi’s RMU radio show, Damn Right I Got The Blues.  The RMU Jazz Combo, consists of members:  Harry Schurr, Candace California, Austin Nye, Spencer Wellington and Betsy Charles

The group played a few holiday songs.  You can listen to that show here:


Today, we hosted the annual Fall Teacher's Conference for members of the Digital Media Arts Consortium. About 25 high school teachers from Western Pennsylvania gathered to share ideas around class projects, assessment and evaluation, and new technology. They heard from RMU's own Carrie Moniot about converging media, and planned for the Spring festival showcasing their students' work. These teachers instruct classes like TV production, graphic design, journalism, and photography. RMU's Digital Media Arts Consortium is a valuable resource to connect them with others who face the same unique challenges they do, being that each school district usually only has one expert in the subject. Forging connections and sharing their solutions to become better educators helps students all over this area get a richer secondary education, and many pursue careers in the field as a result of what they learn under these dedicated media mentors.

For the first time, RMU Radio is recognized on a national level. The station was awarded the Best Sportscast Pinnacle Award from the College Media Association. Jon Fisher (Communication-journalism 2015), Vince Russo (Communication-journalism, 2017) and Kristen Kudla (Media arts-TV/video production Minor-PR, 2016) were on the call for a men's hockey matchup between RMU and Penn State at the 2014 Three Rivers Classic. The five-minute piece highlighted the 4-2 victory for the Colonials and was edited by RMU Radio graduate assistant Ben Cole (Higher Education, 2015). 

Robert Morris University was one of 279 colleges and universities that submitted individual category entries for the Pinnacle Awards this year. 

A debate between candidates Guy Reschenthaler (R) and Heather Arnet (D) will be held 
on RMU-TV on October 28th at 7 pm.  The candidates are running for the 37th District PA Senate seat, which was vacated by Matt Smith.
  Guy Reschenthaler (R)
   Heather Arnet (D)

Members of RMU's Society for Collegiate Journalists, RMU-TV and RMU Sentry Media are nominated for a Mid-Atlantic College/University Production Award for Excellence for "RMU Multimedia Election Coverage," of the 2014 Pennsylvania gubernatorial campaign. The category is: Outstanding University Student Production-Public Affairs/Community Service Award. Academic Media Center Production Coordinator Kathleen Ujhazy was the supervising producer of the group. Kendall Valan was the show producer, Alec Balenciaga directed, Dylan McKenna served as remote coordinator and Eddie Sheehy and Jon Fisher anchored. Carrie Moniot is the group's Student Media Advisor.

Paul Wintruba's picture of Antwan Eddie has been named a finalist in the "best portrait" category in the College Media Association's Pinnacle Awards.  Winners will be announced at CMA's fall convention in Austin, Texas in late October. 

The Academic Media Center would like to welcome Elizabeth Speed as the new DMAC Coordinator.   Information about DMAC (Digital Media Arts Consortium) can be found on the link to the left.

RMU Radio has been named a finalist by the College Media Association for a Pinnacle 

Award. The station is one of three in the Best Radio Sportscast category. Students Kristen 

Kudla, Vince Russo and recent RMU graduate Jon Fisher were on the call for the men’s 

hockey matchup between RMU and Penn State at the Three Rivers Classic in December, 

2014. RMU is one of 24 colleges from around the country to be named a finalist. 

“This is a great honor to have,” said Ben Cole, Station Manger for RMU Radio. “We 

worked very hard last year to provide more coverage for the campus community and it’s 

great to be recognized for it.”

The Pinnacle Awards honor the best college media organizations and individuals for their 

work. CMA awards organizations and individuals in print, broadcast and online media. 

Winners for the awards will be announced at the National College Media Convention, 

October 28-November 1, in Austin, Texas.