Stand Up and Be Seen!

Students from Western produced the best video public service announcement (PSA) aimed at increasing awareness of the dangers of underage drinking. The video was selected by a panel of judges to win top prizes in a statewide contest for college students, sponsored by the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Connecticut (WSWC).

The winners were announced at an awards ceremony held at the University of New Haven on April 26, 2011. Entrants were asked to write, film, and produce a 30-second television public service announcement creating awareness about the dangers of underage drinking. The winning PSA was broadcast on Fox 61, NBC Connecticut, and WTNH-8.

Thirty-two teams consisting of more than 100 students from WCSU, Central Connecticut State University, Eastern Connecticut State University, Quinnipiac University, University of Hartford, University of New Haven, University of Bridgeport, Fairfield University and Sacred Heart University registered for this year’s competition to create an original PSA for the contest.

Members of the first place WCSU team, “J Team Productions,” included Robert Adams, Joshua Gregorio, Joey King and John Patrick Sheehan, all students in COM 146 - Basic Video Production. Their adviser was Assistant Professor of Communication Dr. J.C Barone.

"I'm very proud of what this fairly new Media Arts major (three years old) is doing!" Barone said.

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Clockwise from top:
Technical Excellence Award winners (l-r): Cynthia Harris, Sarah Legere-Reardon, Ashley Leach and Assistant Professor of Communication Dr. JC Barone

First Place PSA Contest winners (l-r): Robert Adams, Joey King, Barone, John Patrick Sheehan, Joshua Gregorio