Third time's a charm for the Ball State telecommunication department. Receceiving six regional Emmy broadcasting award nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, this marks the third consecutive year Ball State has ben nominated. The telecommunications department won two Emmys in 2001 and had three nominations in 2000.
"What's new and exciting this year is that there are two shows nominated in the Student Programs category," said Scott Olson, Dean of the College of Communication, Information and Media. "In the past, only 'Connections Live' was nominated, but this year 'News Center' is in the Student Programs category, as well.
"This is really big. It's not typical for college students to be competing at this level for broadcasting awards, such as the Emmys, " he said. "This is like having a college athlete in the professional leagues."
Two Ball State seniors were nominated for their joint effort in 2001, the first in BSU history for a nomination in a professional category. This year, Ball State student nominees will compete with each other for the first time, according to Olson.
They are up against long-time professionals in the news broadcasting field, such as Channel 8 in Indianapolis and Channel 12 in Cleveland.
"We believe it indicates the high level of student talent we have here at Ball State. They are just getting better each year," said Tim Pollard, telecommunications professor.
Those nominated, a group of faculty and students, will leave for the award ceremonies/convention June 8 at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cleveland Chapter of NATAS will host the event.
The Cleveland chapter of NATAS, one of 18 academy chapters, is comprised of televison stations in Bloomington, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis and Muncie.
Others include Ohio's Akron/Canton, Cleveland, Dayton and Toledo stations, as well as those in Erie, Penn.
"Our mantra is to push the envelope and do a better job each year," Pollard said. "The increase in nominations is an example of our efforts."
The Crafts, Children/Youth Programs categories each have one nomination, while Feature/Entertainment Segments have two. Ball State students are two of the five nominations in the Student Programs category, according to the NATAS website.
Local broadcasting let residents and students know about the nominated broadcasts by airing them on WIPB-TV, Ball State's Public Broadcasting System station, and the university's cable access channels.