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UCM staff takes home top honors in DV Awards

Three members of University Communications and Marketing's Creative Services Team have won awards in the DV Awards, taking home three of the top honors in this international competition.

The DV Awards celebrate outstanding creative and technical achievements in the field of digital video production. The awards are presented twice annually – in the spring and the fall – and honor achievements in dozens of categories, from independent films to commercials to 3D animation. The winners of the spring awards were notified this past week.

UCM assistant video producer Andie Walla, an OHIO alumna, won in the long format documentary category for a 33-minute video she produced and edited on Nancy Cartwright, an actress and voice actor best known as the voice of Bart Simpson on Fox's "The Simpsons." The video, "Nancy Cartwright: The Voice of Success," may be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YG5qJxBeYZ4.

Another one of Walla's videos was a finalist in the long format miscellaneous category. The five-minute video features Dr. Wilfred Konneker, an OHIO alumnus and longtime benefactor who was instrumental in establishing the University's Innovation Center. The video may be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXLgu75NnME.

Todd Anderson, a video editor and senior electronic media specialist at UCM and an OHIO graduate, won in the long format fundraising category for a "The Promise Lives" video that featured Courtney Fort, who graduated this spring with a bachelor's degree in nursing. The video is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0h0l8ANEsvQ.

Lo Martinez, a 2013 OHIO graduate who earned a bachelor of science degree in journalism, won in the long format student work category for a video she produced and edited as part of UCM's "Meet the Dean" series. Martinez's video, which may be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TsxL7zKFoE, featured Dr. Robert Frank, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Martinez was employed as a digital multimedia producer at UCM through OHIO's Program to Aid Career Exploration (PACE), an on-campus, internship-like work program sponsored by and unique to Ohio University. The program, which allows students to explore their career interests while attending school, employs about 400 students each year. Martinez worked with UCM throughout most of her college career as an intern and a PACE student.

"These awards reflect not only the outstanding work produced by our Creative Services Team but also the hard work and dedication of the students who helped develop these projects behind the scenes. This recognition also confirms our commitment to promote the University's excellence by visually showcasing its people, programs and stories," said Renea Morris, executive director of UCM.