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Niagara College public relations grad named top student

A new Niagara College (NC) graduate is the recipient of the Student Award of Excellence by the Hamilton chapter of the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) for outstanding leadership and professionalism in the public relations field.

Graeme Collins, who completed his studies in the Public Relations Graduate Certificate program at NC in April and will graduate officially in June, was honoured for leadership in personal and scholastic activities, understanding and application of the principles of public relations theory, a commitment to the future of the public relations profession, and as a leader who has the ability to make contributions to that profession.

Collins, who is from the small town of Caistor Centre in the Niagara region and is a resident of Hamilton, set his sights on a career in public relations early.

“I chose PR after I had finished my undergrad at the University of Guelph,” he said. “I wanted to pursue something that would take all the things I love to do and build a career. Whenever I looked into a career that involved writing, public speaking, client relations and strategic planning, PR would be on the top of my list.

“Niagara College’s PR program instantly attracted me because I kept hearing about how focused it was on giving students the opportunities they needed to grow and develop into strong members of the industry,” he added. “Also, the smaller class sizes made for a more intimate and personalized learning experience.”

NC professor Emily McInerney, School of Media Studies, praised the CPRS for its choice of Collins.

“Graeme demonstrated leadership and a level of PR professionalism right from the beginning,” she said. “He sets personal goals and achieves them, and this determination will help him to continue to be successful.”

Collins recently started his new position in the marketing department of Miller Thomson LLP.

The CPRS Hamilton chapter represents professional public relations practitioners in Hamilton, Halton, Niagara and southwestern Ontario, and promotes professional development of public relations.

Currently celebrating its 50th year as a College of Applied Arts and Technology, NC is a leader in applied education and a key contributor to the economies of Niagara and Ontario. A regional college with global reach, NC offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs.

For more information on the Public Relations program, visit: http://www.niagaracollege.ca/media-studies/programs/public-relations/

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Niagara College Broadcasting students enjoy winners’ spotlight at national conference of educators

Students from Niagara College’s Broadcasting: Radio, Television and Film program were centre-stage Friday at the annual Broadcast Educators Association of Canada (BEAC) awards ceremony in Toronto.

Winning in the documentary long category was 8 Weeks by students Dianne Cabansay (director), Taylor Murray, Maika Boettcher (producers); winning in the drama or comedy long category was The Debriefing by Harrison Bond (director), Krystal Kwasniak, Jumaani Davison (producers); and, winning in the radio on-air performance category was Julie Vanderlip.

BEAC honoured outstanding work by students and recent graduates, judging more than 150 entries from colleges and universities across Canada.

“Once again, the overall quality of the audio and video production continues to amaze the judges,” said judging coordinator Paul Papadopoulos.

“Making a good movie – either a documentary or drama – does not happen by accident; it’s a balance between technical skill, storytelling craft and creativity,” said NC’s professor of film production, Luke Hutton. “Winning the BEAC award for best drama and documentary is not only an honour for the students, but serves as testament that Niagara College is teaching the next generation of filmmakers the right things to help kick-start their careers.”

NC president Dan Patterson added his praise. “The awards are a testament to hard work by both the students and the faculty and staff; we are very proud of the quality of their work,” he said.

The students were pleased with BEAC’s decision to honour their work.

From 8 Weeks:

“I’m humbled to receive a national award for our documentary,” said Cabansay. “We would not have been able to do it without the help of our production crew, who put so much time and effort in. Of course, we would not have been able to do this without the story of my good friend, Steve Wang; his experience with the whole refugee claim as a gay man from China is impactful in many ways, so the crew and I are glad that his story is being recognized by others.”

“I’m thrilled about the recognition of this project which our team worked hard on,” said Murray. “I hope that the film continues its success as we continue to promote it.”

“It’s quite surreal to think that we have won a national award for our work,” said Boettcher. “However, it wasn’t difficult wanting to make Steven’s incredible story a documentary that we can all be proud of.”

From The Debriefing:

“I would like to thank the very talented cast and crew for their incredible hard work,” said Bond. “There was a great deal of dedication put towards this film.”

“Working on The Debriefing was an incredible experience to cap off my final year of film school,” said Davison. “I was able to use what I’d been taught to help create a project I can be really proud of, with a team of people I am equally proud of.”

“This award means a lot to the whole crew,” said Kwasniak. “We all worked diligently to make sure the film was a success. Thank you to everyone that helped in making this incredible film.”

From Julie Vanderlip, recipient of the Radio On-Air Performance:

“I am grateful for this opportunity, to say the least,” said Vanderlip. “I’m aware of how lucky I am for my mentors, as they are the ones who helped to shape me into who I am today.”

“The BEAC award is hopefully the first step in the students’ journeys to becoming the next generation of creative leaders in the expanding Canadian film and television industry,” added Hutton.

BEAC is dedicated to professional development of faculty and administrators in radio, television, broadcast journalism and new media programs in colleges and universities in Canada.

Currently celebrating its 50th year as a College of Applied Arts and Technology, NC is a leader in applied education and a key contributor to the economies of Niagara and Ontario. A regional college with global reach, NC offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs.

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