Archive for May, 2015

Student Media Productions Honored at 2015 EIU Multimedia Contest

May 27, 2015

On May 4, the Department of Communication awarded exceptional student media productions at the 2015 Multimedia Contest.

Students, faculty, and community members all gathered at the event to view the top three entries in the six categories, Creative, Radio Spot, Video Spot, News Package, Documentary, and Web Design.

The top producers of media content (From L to R): Michael Moy, Adam Austin, James Bateman, Kayla Myers, Jesse Guinn

(From L to R): Michael Moy, Adam Austin, James Bateman, Kayla Myers, Jesse Guinn

The award-winning productions came from class projects, WEIU newscasts, the Alternative Television and Film Club, as well as independent endeavors. The complete winners list can be seen below.


  1. Michael Moy
  2. Pat Banahan
  3. Will Young / Adam Austin

Michael Moy – “The Proposal”

 Radio Ad/PSA:

  1. James Bateman
  2. Jesse Guinn
  3. Ian Acree

James Bateman – “Chubby’s”

 Video Ad/PSA:

  1. Adam Austin
  2. Bryson Batson/Will Young
  3. Hosea Ruppert

Adam Austin – “InfiniteCU”


  1. Jesse Guinn
  2. Lacey Clifton
  3. Jessica Dixon

Jesse Guinn – “Canine Flu”


  1. Kayla Myers
  2. Pat Banahan
  3. Adam Austin

Kayla Myers – “Brothers”

 Web Design:

  1. Adam Austin (
  2. Kayla Myers (
  3. Mandi Mundhenk (

PSA Produced by EIU Students to Air on Television Stations Throughout Illinois

May 5, 2015

The Energy Education Council has revealed a new television public service announcement that was created by Communication Studies students at Eastern Illinois University to help raise awareness about outdoor electrical safety in Illinois.

The Safe Electricity College Challenge contest gave students enrolled in college broadcasting programs in Illinois the opportunity to create EEC’s next 30 or 60 second television PSA.  Entries were judged on creativity, message effectiveness, accuracy of safety information provided, production quality, and adherence to rules.

L to R:  ​Molly Hall, E.E.C. Executive Director, William Young, Bryson Batson, James Bateman.

L to R: ​Molly Hall, E.E.C. Executive Director, William Young, Bryson Batson, James Bateman.

A 30 second spot produced by E.I.U. seniors William Young (Newman, IL – Shiloh High School) and Bryson Batson (Shelbyville, IL) received one of the top places in the contest and will be airing on television stations throughout the state for the next six months.  The PSA also featured E.I.U. senior James Bateman (Phoenix, IL – Thornton High School) who was the on camera talent.

The spot was produced as part of E.I.U. Communication Studies instructor Fred Peralta’s Advanced Video Production class.  The PSA can be viewed online here:

The college challenge is part of E.E.C.’s latest educational efforts to increase awareness on important outdoor electrical safety issues.  The contest is funded by Illinois utilities.

Scholarship & Awards Ceremony Recognizes Top Communication Studies Students

May 5, 2015

The Department of Communication Studies held its annual Scholarship and Awards Ceremony to recognize outstanding students in the areas of scholarship, research, and achievement on April 19.

Recognized students received scholarship money from the communication studies department as well as a permanent space on the plaques located in Coleman Hall. The popular event was attended by students, faculty, and family members of the award winners.

A complete list of all winners is located below. Students are welcome to apply for scholarships here for the 2015-2016 school year beginning during the spring 2016 semester.


  • Betty Lou Balasi Scholarship  –  Kelli Halfman
  • Dr. Kenneth E. Hadwiger Undergraduate Scholarship  –  Kayla Jacobs
  • Dr. Kenneth E. Hadwiger Graduate Scholarship  –  Anna Percival
  • Jon J. Hopkins Speech Education Scholarship  –  Wade Dundee
  • Carol A. Manhart Scholarship  –  Clinton Brown
  • Ralph Y. McGinnis Scholarship  –  Kaitlyn Corzine
  • Jack L. Payan Scholarship  –  Amy Gebka & Mark Devall
  • John E. & Mary J. Price Scholarship  –  Hannah Yarnell
  • Dr. J. Glenn Ross Scholarship  –  Jennifer Awah-Manga
  • Illinois Broadcasters Association Scholarship  –  Kelsey Zancha


  • Outstanding Lab Assistant  –  Bryson Batson
  • Inspired Achievement  –  Marissa Zak
  • Outstanding Junior  –  Lisa Rhodes
  • Outstanding Senior  –  Connor Wilcox
  • Outstanding Graduate Students  –  Audra Clodfelter & Ethan Kruger

Bock Undergraduate Research Contest:

  1. Kelli Halfman
  2. Lindsay Nichols
  3. Caitlyn Strader