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ULV professors win bronze

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Monica Esparza
Staff Writer

Professors of communications Michael Laponis and Don Pollock, and Radio-TV Operations Manager Shane Rodrigues recently won bronze awards in the 29th Annual Telly Awards.

“Temple Beth Israel: Celebrating 75 Years,” written, shot, directed and co-produced by Pollock and edited by Rodrigues, recently received the bronze in the history/biography category.

Additionally the Sara and Michael Abraham profile produced by the three for the University’s 2007 President’s Dinner Gala, won in the miscellaneous category.

Both productions have won the Award of Excellence for the Broadcast Education Associa­tion and the Festival of Media Arts.

“We had submitted some entries that didn’t win, but one day I got an e-mail and phoned up Mike and Shane and told them we got the awards,” Pollock said.

The Telly Awards have been around since 1978 to “inspire, promote, and support creativity.”

Any work done within two years of the competition is eligible for the award.

The categories in which you can submit work include commercials, with subcategories such as: local TV and cable, regional TV and multi-market cable, internet/online and outdoor/environmental. In the category of film and video are the subcategories of: non-broadcast productions, TV programs, segments, or promotional pieces; internet/online programs, segments, or promotional pieces; outdoor/environmental.

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