Communication Students Score Broadcast Award

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 26, 2011 ? Eleven High Point University students recently scored big by receiving the National Broadcasting Society?s ?Top Video Sports Program? award as part of the organization?s annual electronic media competition.

Students enrolled in Sports Production II, a course taught by Dr. Jim Trammell, assistant professor of video production, in the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication, produced the winning segment after learning various techniques for sports production, how to film sporting events and how to create compelling shows and feature stories. The winning segment included in-depth coverage of the fall 2010 athletic season, including the top five stories of the season.

Students in the class included Montgomery Brown, Michael Coulbourn, Scott Daly, Freddie DiPasquale, Adam Keelan, Nicole Lamarca, Steven Portner, John Pyzik and Brandon Rivera. Two other students not in the class took part in the project as well ? Andrew Tzavaras and Matt Wells.

?Creating this segment was an amazing experience that allowed me and my fellow classmates the chance to put the skills we?ve learned at HPU into practice,? says Daly. ?We worked hard, and the staff and faculty in the School of Communication were a great help to us. Winning this national award will only motivate us to produce segments of even higher quality in the future.?

Trammell says he and the students were thrilled with the outcome ? especially since the students competed against the University of Southern California and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

?My goal was to put a show that would compete nationally,? says Trammell. ?Winning this award certainly exceeded my goals.?

The National Broadcasting Society is a student a professional society that works to encourage and reward scholarship and accomplishment among broadcast students.

To watch the group?s award-winning show, visit

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among ?America?s Best Colleges.? Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and 14 graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at

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Pam Haynes

Communicaton Specialist


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