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Kevin Kleine has spent the last 30 years losing sleep as Berry’s student publications adviser. Now his work with the Campus Carrier, Ramifications, Valkyrie and Cabin Log has earned him national acclaim as a “Distinguished Adviser” by the College Media Association. He received his award at the CMA national convention in October.

Kleine’s achievements can be measured in awards won and careers inspired. Grateful alumni flocked to a special Mountain Day reception in his honor. Many also supported a successful crowdfunding effort to raise $5,000 in seed funding for a study abroad scholarship that will bear his name.

“Kevin always made us feel like we were part of a family,” said Randee Walters-Paraskevopoulos (92C), a former Campus Carrier editor who flew in from Texas to attend the Mountain Day reception. “More than a teacher, Kevin was a mentor, a friend and a big brother. He brought the Carrier staff together and made it so we could depend on each other in all things.”

Under Kleine’s direction, Berry’s student publications have earned recognition from such notable organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the College Media Association and the Georgia College Press Association. Previous honors for him include two Presidential Citations for Service from College Media Advisers, Inc., and the 2008 Eleana M. Garrett Award for Meritorious Advising and Caring, one of Berry’s most notable honors.

“Week after week, he saved us from our own inexperience with his seasoned advice and somehow turned any mishaps into learning opportunities for us,” praised another former Carrier editor, Bonny Harper Dixon (13C).

Gifts to the Kevin Kleine Study Abroad Scholarship are still being accepted with the eventual goal of raising $25,000 to permanently endow the award. Click here if you wish to honor Kleine with a gift.

By student writer Kendall Aronson

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A banner year for Viking Fusion ended with recognition as “Four-Year TV Station of the Year” in the College Media Association’s Pinnacle Awards competition. The CMA also recognized staff member Steven Hames as an “Honor Roll Broadcast Adviser” for his work shepherding the student-run multimedia hub. All together, Viking Fusion claimed seven awards and 20 nominations in state, regional and national competition in 2016.

“The awards mean that we’re doing the right things, and they encourage us to grow and branch out into areas we haven’t even dreamed of,” said student executive director Deanna Cunningham.

Click the accompanying video for one example of the students’ award-winning work, a parody of the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens that earned national recognition in two different contests as well as a Southeast Regional Emmy nomination.

By Katherine Edmonds, philanthropic communications student writer

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Viking Fusion wowed judges at this year’s Southeast Regional Emmy Awards, earning top honors in the College/University Student Production/Non-News Program category for Sunrise, a short film written and directed by senior communication major Gino Destefano Valdivia.

The winning entry tells the story of a suicidal man confronting his own sorrow. Inspiration came from Valdivia’s childhood, when his mother taught him to smile at people he met on the street because you never know what they might be going through.

“That smile could save a life,” he noted. “Even though Sunrise is simple from a production standpoint, my hope is that the story captures this sentiment.”

Valdivia’s film was one of three Viking Fusion productions to earn Emmy nominations this year. It previously claimed third-place honors for Best TV Entertainment Program at the College Media Association’s Pinnacle Awards.

This is Viking Fusion’s second regional Emmy.

Other recent honors for Viking Fusion include a third-place national showing for The Collector, a dark comedy produced by junior communication major Ryan Warrick, and a first-place regional award for The Things They Carry, an online series produced by students in Berry’s COM 311 Sports Journalism class.

By Katherine Edmonds, philanthropic communications student writer

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Viking FusionStudents representing Viking Fusion and the Department of Communication made waves again last fall, earning recognition in a trio of national contests. Berry received a total of six nominations, winning two Pinnacle Awards (presented by the College Media Association) for The Takeover, an audio thriller by sophomore communication major Michael Shaw.

Other nominations (listed by contest) included:

EPPY Awards
(presented by Editor & Publisher)

National Student Production Awards
(presented by College Broadcasters Inc.)

By Maxine Donnelly, philanthropic communications student assistant

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The Treves Family Audio Slideshow

A screen capture from "The Treves Family: An Uncommon Story," by student Mary Claire Stewart. Click image to access audio slideshow.

National honors have been piling up like falling leaves around the Viking Fusion studio this semester. The student-run site earned recognition as one of America’s “50 Best Student Press Websites” from College Media Matters and was runner-up to Kent State University as “TV Station of the Year,” as judged by the College Media Association. The latter organization also rewarded two individual productions with first-place awards: a Viking Fusion promo and senior Mary Claire Stewart’s audio slideshow The Treves Family: An Uncommon Story, which was part of the larger Jews of Florence multimedia project. An additional first-place honor – this one in the National Student Production Awards competition – went to Episode 5 of Going Up, a series co-created by current student Glenn Garrido-Olivar and recent graduate Nathan Sutton (13C).

Viking Fusion is a co-curricular multimedia website based in and managed by the Department of Communication.

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The Conference RoomAlex Middleton (12C), Steven Walker (12C) and Thomas Yungerberg (12C) may have graduated, but their comedy hit, The Conference Room, continues to generate laughs and awards, receiving two nominations (winning for Best TV Vodcast) at this fall’s National Student Production Awards. Thomas (bottom right in photo) also received a Pinnacle Award from the College Media Association for Disconnected, an audio drama he wrote, directed and produced featuring his voice along with those of senior Jennifer Allman and former student Devon Hales.

Fittingly, Viking Fusion – the platform for both productions – received its second straight nomination for Best College/University Journalism Website in Editor and Publisher’s international EPPY Award competition. Another EPPY nomination went to senior Bethany McDaniel, a finalist in the category of Best College/University Investigative or Documentary Report. Her story, “An Italian History: How one Jewish family survived Italy’s fascist persecution,” was part of the Jews of Florence study-abroad project involving seven Berry students and three faculty members last summer.

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