It’s award season for Lindenwood University’s Communications department. The evening of Thursday, April 19 held the seventh annual Lindy Awards. It’s been long a tradition amongst Lindenwood students to get acknowledged for their hard work, but the Communications department puts a unique spin on it, holding an Oscars-styled show on LUTV.
Nominees in the show are compiled with submissions from Mass Communications, Digital Cinema Arts, Interactive Media and Web Design, Journalism, and even local high school students. This year’s show saw over 200 nominees, all of which got mention while only a select few took home the coveted Lindy. The Emerson Black Box Theatre was packed full of nominated students, their families, and faculty members.
This year’s show had a few added categories as well. According to Mike Wall, the Dean of Communications, the expanded show helps facilitate all the new things Lindenwood’s Communications students are learning in the constantly evolving program.
The show was hosted by a mix of Communications professors like Ben Scholle, Andrew Smith, and Mike Wall as well as Communications students Elin Sigurdson and Malcolm Jason. Submissions were judged by professionals from each form of media represented in the show.
There were triumphs and upsets. Mass Communications major Steve Kornfeld, a big winner in last year’s Lindy’s, won an impressive four awards. The unstoppable combination of Brett McMillan and Alex Ferrario swept most of the sportscast awards, only giving up one to senior Adam Hermann. Hermann took home two awards of his own.
The big award of the night was Best in Show. The nominees were the individuals that had already taken home the most awards from the other categories. But in the end, there could be only one. Digital Cinema Arts senior Mike Gualdoni ended up taking the award, winning a copy of Avid Media Composer 6, donated by the Avid company. Mike was definitely not one for many words, but he humorously elaborated on how it felt to get his work recognized.
“It’s probably the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me. I know I’ll cherish these awards when I’m living in a homeless shelter in a few years.” Gualdoni joked.
The night was not short of its own gags as well. Many of the Communications professors were prepared with their own jokes to keep the audience entertained while many of the students’ acceptance speeches got plenty of laughter. Malcolm Jason even stepped in to give an acceptance speech for the winner of both writing awards, Gary Burkhead.
After the show I got a chance to talk with the Cinema and Television Department Chair, Ben Scholle, who mentioned how proud he was of all his students.“I think it’s really great that once a year we can come together as a department and recognize certain students that are putting forth their best efforts and really giving it their all… It’s definitely rewarding.” Scholle said.
It was definitely a fun evening. I personally took home two Lindy’s, which I’m pretty stoked about. Congratulations to all of the winners and look forward to seeing a whole new array of fantastic work at next year’s show.
Best Directing – Patrick Branson, “Déjà Vu”
Best Camerawork – Mike Gualdoni, “The Pangs of Growing Old”
Best Editing – Patrick Branson, “Déjà Vu”
Best Audio – Steve Heineman, “Didgeridudes”
Best Talent – Malcolm Jason and Kenny Gerling, “A Furious Friendship”
Best Dramatic Short – Tom Ostertag, “The Chef”
Best Music Video – Mike Gualdoni, “The Pangs of Growing Old”
Best Promo/Commercial/PSA – Steve Kornfeld, “District Zombie: Game Over” Trailer
Full Program Awards
Best Talent – Steve Kornfeld, “Reel Talk: Dark Knight Rises Leaks”
Best Talk Program – Steve Heineman and Steve Kornfeld, “Reel Talk: 3D Movies”
Best Entertainment Program – Mike Gualdoni, “Dignity Harbor”
LUTV News Awards
Best Reporter News Package –Jaclyn Cook, “Wentzville Heroin – Town Hall”
Best On-Air Talent – Jaclyn Cook, “LUTV News; March 7, 2012”
Best News Directing – Adam Hermann, “LUTV News; March 2, 2012”
Best Sports Package – Brittany Velasco, “Lindenwood Football Goes to South Dakota”
Best News Producing – Brittany Velasco, “LUTV News; March 12, 2012”
Best News Videography – Steve Kornfeld, “Westboro Baptist Church Protest”
Sports Telecast Awards
Best Talent – Brett McMillan, “LUTV News Sportscast; February 6, 2012”
Best Program – Adam Hermann, “The Draft Show 2011”
Best Play-by-Play – Alex Ferrario, “LU Lions Basketball vs McKendree”
Best Sportscast Team – Brett McMillan and Alex Ferrario, “LU Lions Basketball vs McKendree”
Best Commercial/PSA – Gary Burkhead, “REI Ninjas AV Commercial”
Best Dramatic Script – Gary Burkhead, “My Angel”
Best Feature Writing – Christine Hoffmann, “Roemer Elevator”
Best Editorial Writing – Rajeh Mahmond, “Electronics in the Classroom Present Untimely Interruptions”
Best News Writing – Natasha Sakovich, “Students Flout Alcohol Policy, Leave Bottles in Commons”
Best News Photography – Laura Heying, “Temple Grandin at Bezemes”
Best Sports Writing – Alex Jahacke, “Men’s Hockey Continues Strong Play”
Best in Print – Emily Hubbman, “Present Tense”
Best Web Site – Jelena Fleming, “Beginners Guide Website”
Daniel Hoenes and Allie Edwards, “LindenLink.com”
Best Digital Graphic – Megan Page, “Gumball Diner”
Best Interactive – Gary Burkhead, “Choose Your Own JQuery Adventure”
Best Animation – Charlie Gaines, “Once Upon a Mattress”
Best Faculty Show – Jann Weitzel, “Topics in Education”
Communications Alumna of the Year
Best Directing – Leslie Allrich, “Fruits of Nature”
Best Talent – Jessica Rogers, “Hearts in Harmony”
Best Narrative – Leslie Allrich, “Justin Emge”
High School Awards
Best Direction – Marina Nichols, Affton High School, “First Day Blues”
Best Short Non-fiction – Stacy Chin, Francis Howell Central, “Just a Piece of Paper”
Best Editing – Brendan Brause and Clay Goodman, Francis Howell Central, “Brendan vs. Clay”
Best In Show