Tyler West ’11 wins BEA 3rd place for “Go-4-College” series

Elon University senior Tyler West won 3rd place in the educational/instructional category of the student competition in the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts for a four-part series of videos on the Elon Academy’s “Go-4-College” program.

Go-4-College resulted from a College Board Greenhouse Grant that funded campus visits for more than 200 students from Cummings High School in Burlington, N.C. During the visits, students were engaged in pathways sessions that provided them with information regarding college admissions.

The Go-4-College series was produced to provide identical information to other students across the county. The series includes four sections: Preparing for College, Standardized Tests, Choosing a College, and Paying for College.

The series has been distributed to guidance counselors and will be streamed from both the Elon Academy website and the Alamance-Burlington School System “What’s After High School?” program website. Plans are in place to produce a similar series in Spanish.

As a festival competition winner, West has been invited to participate in the BEA convention and Festival of Media Arts exhibition on April 9-13 at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel and Convention Center. He will be recognized for his achievement and receive his award at that time.

Selected works, in whole or in part, will be screened as well.

Established in 1955, the Broadcast Education Association counts in its membership 1,600 professors, students and media professionals with 275 college and university departments and schools as institutional members. BEA has two scholarly publications, the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media and the Journal of Radio & Audio Media.

West produced the series under the supervision of Linda Lashendock, manager of video services and event production with Teaching and Learning Technologies. Professor and Elon Academy director Deborah Long wrote the script, which was then edited by Bonnie Roane, an assistant principal at Cummings, and Cummings school counselor Sandra Burns.

The script was narrated by associate professor Don Grady, associate dean in the School of Communications at Elon.