Author Archives: Rosalynne Whitaker-Heck

Whitaker-Heck “Women in PR” Panelist

Roz Whitaker-Heck, APR, was an invited panelist for the Capital Region New York chapter’s Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) second annual “Women in PR” held July 18 in Schenectady, NY. The women panelists were asked to share their professional practice experiences that span various sectors of the communication industry.  Whitaker-Heck, representing the Higher Education […]

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Broadcast Alum Win Freedom & Unity Awards

The Broadcast Media Production program in the Division of Communications and Creative Media extends congratulations to three groups of 2019 Broadcast Media Production graduates who won awards for their documentaries that were submitted to the Vermont Freedom and Unity Youth Film Contest. In the Vermont History and Contemporary Issues category, Schuyler Gann, Hayden Graham and Dan […]

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Keith Oppenheim Debuts “Noyana” Documentary

Associate Professor Keith Oppenheim’s new documentary is about a nontraditional choir—the Noyana Singers—who you won’t find performing in the local church. The choir sings to terminally-ill residents at Respite House, Colchester’s hospice house.

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Burlington Free Press and Champlain Present Opioid Crisis Talk

The Burlington Free Press held a community discussion about the opioid crisis during a community event at the Champlain College campus on December 5. Champlain’s Media Services department, The Event Center and some Broadcast Media Production students provided additional support for the live stream program. Ryan Mercer, a photojournalist with The Free Press, contacted Broadcast […]

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Students Talk Mid-Term Elections on Local TV

Some Champlain College Professional Writing majors taking an Online Journalism class with adjunct professor Ben Dangl had an opportunity on Nov. 15 to participate in a panel discussion about their participation in the last midterm elections. Student panelists (left to right in photo) Quinn Kanner, Violet Bell, Artemis Walsh, and student panel moderator Cortney Kittsmiller were recorded […]

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Swift Explores 360 VR Film

Regarded highly by colleagues and students in the Filmmaking program in the Division of Communication and Creative Media at Champlain College, Julia Swift, assistant professor of film, has done everything from writing to directing to editing TV and film throughout her career. This past summer, Swift has been able to add 360 video to that […]

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Broadcast Media Students Attend Live Gubernatorial Debate

Some Broadcast Media Production students and their professors were invited to attend the Vermont Governor’s Debate between Christine Hallquist and Phil Scott that took place in the studios at Vermont Public Radio and Vermont PBS on Oct. 24. In attendance were professors Keith Oppenheim and Van Dora Williams with students Maya Gastman, Kyra Fillmore, Luke […]

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Williams Selected as a Television Academy Fellow

Dr. Van Dora Williams, an associate professor and program director of Broadcast Media Production, Filmmaking and Sonic Arts in the Division of Communication and Creative Media at Champlain College, was recently featured in Vermont Biz magazine. She has been selected to participate in the Television Academy Foundation’s 2018 Faculty Seminar Program. Members of the Television Academy selected 25 professors from colleges and universities nationwide to participate in the prestigious program.

The faculty fellows will gain the latest information on the television and content development industries from top entertainment professionals during a weeklong Southern California seminar from Nov. 5-9, 2018.

The seminar will include panel discussions with broadcast and cable networks’ programming and scheduling executives, legal experts and cutting-edge content creators. Private studio tours and trips to top Hollywood production facilities to meet with producers, observe production, and get first-hand updates on the latest in television technologies are also part of the program.

A multiple Emmy award-winning producer and writer, Williams worked as a journalist for over 25 years– most notably as a PBS producer and reporter. Her international reporting from West Africa earned her local, state and national awards and was selected for national distribution through PBS’ National Educational Telecommunications Association. She worked with ROJA Productions as an associate producer on the PBS documentaries Citizen King (2003) and Matters of Race (2002) and with Two Tone Productions on Banished (2008).

First launched in 1987, the Foundation’s annual seminar offers faculty a comprehensive program designed to enhance knowledge and in turn enrich learning environments.

About the Television Academy Foundation

Established in 1959 as the charitable arm of the Television Academy, the Television Academy Foundation is dedicated to preserving the legacy of television while educating and inspiring those who will shape its future. Through renowned educational and outreach programs such as The Interviews: An Oral History of the Television, College Television Awards and Student Internship Program the Foundation seeks to widen the circle of voices our industry represents and to create more opportunity for television to reflect all of society. For more information on the Foundation, please visit TelevisionAcademy.com/Foundation.

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2018 Grad Lands Dream Job at Insomniac

Congratulations to Champlain Game Art & Animation 2018 alum, Colton Orr, who landed a dream job immediately after graduation at Insomniac Games as a character artist. His latest project was Marvel’s Spider-Man that was released in September on PS4. Orr went from student to character artist and entrepreneur in this feature by ArtStation Magazine. “As artists, we are […]

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