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2018 College Student Production Award Recipients

Congratulations to the College/University recipients in the 2018 NATAS-Upper Midwest Student Production Awards!  Recipients were announced at a ceremony on Friday April 13th, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza AiRE – MSP/MOA Hotel.

This year, the NATAS – Upper Midwest Chapter received 175 entries from 30 high schools and colleges/universities from across our region.

Diana Pierce – Multimedia Journalist, 2017 Upper Midwest Emmy® Silver Circle Honoree and former longtime Anchor at KARE-TV.
Carla Beaurline – Around Town Media, LLC Twin Cities

The hosts for this year’s NATAS-Upper Midwest Regional Student Production Awards were Diana Pierce former Anchor at KARE-TV and Upper Midwest Emmy® Foundation Board Member Carla Beaurline from Around Town Television in the Twin Cities.

The awards are presented to the schools for promotional purposes to encourage students to pursue the media arts.    Any student whose name is on the recipient entry form is eligible to purchase a duplicate Crystal Pillar Award.  We also offer nomination certificates and plaques for students listed on nominated entries.

College Student Crystal Pillar order form

Student Nomination certificate order form

Student Production Crystal Pillar Award
Student Production Crystal Pillar Award

OFFICIAL NATIONAL NATAS RULES FOR STUDENT AWARD PROMOTION: The Student Production Award Crystal Pillar awards are not Emmy® Awards and can not be promoted as such.   High school & college/university students may promoted they are recipients of a NATAS – Upper Midwest Student Production Award.  OR, may say they received a Student Production Crystal Pillar Award from the Upper Midwest Emmy® Chapter/Foundation.   Students are not considered peer professionals and as such, their regional student productions are not eligible for Emmy® award recognition. Schools/students may not use the Emmy® name or replica of the Emmy® figure in any form of school publications, commercial advertising and promotion.


College – Newscast

Campus News – April 29th, 2017 – Minnesota State University – Moorhead

  • Haley Foster, Producer
  • Betsy Harmsen, Associate Producer
  • Sara Erickson, Associate Producer
  • Levi Lass, Associate Producer
  • Tanner Robinson, Associate Producer
  • Emma Vatnsdal, Associate Producer
  • Aaron Quanbeck, Advisor

College – News:  General Assignment – Serious News

St. Thomas partners with PBS Under Told Stories Project – TommieMedia/University of St. Thomas

  • Simeon Lancaster, Producer
  • Greg Vandegrift, Advisor

College – News: General Assignment – Light News (***Two Recipients***)

Honor Flight – UTVS/St. Cloud State University

  • Piper Shaw, Reporter
  • Derrick Silvestri, Advisor

Local Veterans Helping Veterans – Knight Vision/Wartburg College

  • Calyn Thompson, Anchor
  • Ronald Johnson, Advisor

College – Arts and Entertainment/Cultural Affairs

St. Thomas uses Arrupe College as model for two-year program – TommieMedia/University of St. Thomas

  • Lauren Andrego, Reporter
  • Mary Brickner, Reporter
  • Greg Vandegrift, Advisor

College – Music Video

Oh Lord – Loras College

  • Emilie Dalsing, Producer/Videographer/Editor
  • Jon Quinn, Producer/Videographer/Editor
  • Andrew Kilburg, Producer/Editor/Actor
  • Craig Schaefer, Advisor

College – Fiction

Monday Train – Augsburg University

  • Emily James, Writer/Director
  • Jila Nikpay, Advisor

College – Non-Fiction

SSQTCH Creative Presents: Saint John’s Maple Syrup – College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University

  • Ian Fritz, Producer/Director
  • Conor Murphy, Producer/Director
  • Simon-Hòa Phan, Advisor/Professor

College – Sports

Ryan Poehling Draft – Husky Productions/St. Cloud State University

  • Katie Emmer, Reporter
  • Brian Stanley, Advisor

College – Sports: Program/Series

SportsZONE – LCTV/Loras College

  • Allie Kaleta, Producer/Anchor
  • Dimitri Villanueva, Anchor/Reporter
  • Sami Graff, Associate Producer/Reporter
  • Jeremy Vallin, Director/Associate Producer/Reporter
  • SportsZONE Staff & Studio Crew
  • Craig Schaefer, Advisor

College – Sports: Live Event

SCSU Men’s Hockey vs Colorado College – Husky Productions/St. Cloud State University

  • Sarah Paulus, Producer
  • Greg Spaeth, Director
  • Jeremy Lagos, Associate Producer
  • Brian Stanley, Advisor

College – Public Service (PSAs)

Face of the Crash – MN State Patrol/Century College

  • Louis Pei, Producer/Director/Editor
  • Shelly Dominik, Makeup/Hand Choreography
  • Tyler Matthes, Hand Choreography/Lighting
  • Vongsone Her, Hand Choreography/Lighting
  • Tuazeng Vang, Lighting
  • Mike Eddy, Advisor

College – Public Affairs/Community Service

*** No Entries submitted***

College – Commercial

BVTV: By Beavers, For Beavers Spots – BVTV/Buena Vista University

  • Morgan McGrew, Student
  • Jerry Johnson, Advisor

College – Animation/Graphics/Special Effects

Dyslexia: Vibrant Diversity – Drake University

  • Anna Steenson, Animator
  • Todd Evans, Advisor

College – Director

A Spectrum of Faith – Documentary – Community Press/Drake University

  • Anna Steenson, Director
  • Todd Evans, Advisor

College – Editor

Mitchell Baubonis Composite – University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Tease 11-17-17 – Husky Productions/St. Cloud State University

  • Calvin Barker, Editor

College – Photographer

Great Streets Kick-off Party – LCTV/Loras College

  • Brody Kuhar, Photographer

College – Talent

Katie Emmer Composite- UTVS/St. Cloud State University

College – Video Essay (Single Photographer Only)

The Will Steger Wilderness Center – ThreeSixty Journalism/University of St. Thomas

  • Deborah Honore, Videojournalist
  • Bao Vang, Advisor

College – Writing

Tanner Robinson Composite – Campus News/Minnesota State University – Moorhead