Published: June 17, 2014

MSU staff and faculty win Michigan Emmy Awards

Contact(s): Jim Peck Communications and Brand Strategy office: (517) 432-2021 jim.peck@cabs.msu.edu, Geri Alumit Zeldes Michigan State University professor office: (517) 432-1413 alumitge@msu.edu

Projects by MSU staff and faculty members received Emmy awards from the Michigan Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at a ceremony June 14 at the Motor City Casino in Detroit.

"Spartans Will. 360-Take the Journey," Anthony Sicilano, Communications and Brand Strategy, won in the promotion/program/image category. The 2-minute spot highlights the MSU President’s Report project that sent a film crew around the world to capture the stories of MSU researchers who are solving some of the world’s most challenging problems.

"Schooled," Anthony Sicilano and Jim Peck, Communications and Brand Strategy, won in the community/public service—single spot category. The 150-second spot features MSU alumnus William T. Langford IV—aka Will the Poet—and his original spoken-word poem "Schooled," which "focuses on the experiences of difference, alienation, community and fraternity that are part and parcel of undertaking an education at a large American university.

"Swimming Toward a Cure," Anthony Sicilano, Alberto Moreno and Jim Peck, Communications and Brand Strategy, won in the human interest program/special category. The 26-minute documentary chronicles the journey of six women from the state of Michigan who decided to swim the English Channel in effort to raise money and awareness for ALS research (Lou Gehrig's Disease). The team, comprised of Spartans, Wolverines, and others, swam for Bob Schoeni, a professor at U of M, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2008.

"Cuba: Opening Doors," Alberto Moreno and Jim Peck, Communications and Brand Strategy, won in the historic/cultural program/special category. The 20-minute documentary follows MSU students and faculty as they experience Cuba’s culture and music during a study abroad trip.

"Imported from China," Troy Hale and Geri Alumit Zeldes, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, won in the cultural documentary category. The half-hour documentary follows individuals from China who are navigating college life in the United States. Learn more>>

"The 29th Annual Silver Bells in the City," Tim Zeko and Susanne Elkins, WKAR, won in the special events coverage (other than news and sports) category. 

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Richard Lunt, assistant professor in MSU's College of Engineering, is the recipient of the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Award in Environmental Chemistry. The highly competitive $120,000 grant adds a postdoctoral researcher to Lunt’s research team for two years.
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