FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        Date: May 22, 2002

Contact: Donna McCracken, 206-6716

Videos by two UIS graduates win awards

SPRINGFIELD -- Two recent graduates of the University of Illinois at Springfield’s Communication program were recognized at the annual Awards in Excellence program of the Central Illinois Chapter of the Media Communications Association-International, held May 16.

Karen Sheehan received a silver award in the Student Short Form Video Category for “Venezuela Trip 2001-New Wine Mime Team.” Kate Terpening was recognized as Student Best in Show and received a gold award in the Student Long Form Video Category for “The Hanging Tree.”

Sheehan’s project documented a two-week missionary trip she made to South America in the summer of 2001. During the trip, Sheehan accompanied a team of Christian missionaries who presented several indoor and outdoor mime performances. The documentary combines footage of the mime team training and performing with additional footage of the people and country of Venezuela.  The soundtrack consists of local music Sheehan acquired during the trip.

Terpening’s video is a historical documentary about an 1879 lynching in Greene County, Illinois. A doctor who had shot his wife’s uncle after a dispute in a tavern was being taken to Carrollton to stand trial. On the way, however, a mob stopped the constable who had the doctor in custody. The doctor was hanged, and to this day some people in the area feel that the incident is a black eye on their home. Research for this project was done at the Greene County Historical Society.

The Award in Excellence competition is open to all media and video professionals in central Illinois, as well as to area high school and college students.