Four Center for New Media students are the recipients of the 2014 Middlesex Community College Academic Awards. These awards recognize high-level of academic performance at the College. Hollie Kinney, Mary McAndrew, Lindsay Grote, and Eleanor Gambardella were chosen by faculty to receive this award.

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Hollie Kinney is the Broadcast-Cinema department’s winner. Hollie is an extremely dedicated and talented student. She has gone above and beyond in her studies, while working a part-time job and doing an internship with MxCC’s Corporate Media Center. After graduation, Hollie will continue her first editor job on a feature length movie called Charlie Gorman’s Wake, which is being shot mainly in Wallingford. She is looking for a summer internship and hopes to get one at WFSB or Viacom. She would like to return to school to earn her bachelor’s degree in the future, but her ultimate goal is to become an Academy Award-winning editor someday. We think she can totally achieve that goal!

Mary McAndrew is the Communication department’s winner. Mary has done well at Middlesex, juggling a waitressing job, her internship, and her schoolwork. She graduated from MxCC in 1989 with an associate’s degree in Human Services. After working in the field for over 20 years, she decided to change her career. After returning to MxCC to get an associate’s degree in Communication, she now has a new skillset and is ready to re-tackle the world. After graduation, Mary hopes to land a job in the communications field. She would love a job writing for an environmental magazine or working in public relations. Best of luck to you!

Lindsay Grote is the Digital Arts/Multimedia department’s winner. Lindsay has excelled at MxCC, despite being a part of many extracurricular activities and work. She is a full time student, a club representative on Student Senate, the president of Phi Theta Kappa, a volunteer firefighter, and works part-time. Lindsay entered into the Digital Arts/Multimedia program having taken advantage of the Career Pathways Program. This program provided the opportunity for Lindsay to earn college credits toward her degree during her senior year giving her a true head start toward achieving her desired goals. Her culminating capstone project has brought all of her skills together in the production of an original children’s illustrated book. Combining traditional illustration and drawing skills with photographs and digital compositing techniques, Lindsay has created both hard copy book formats, as well as an interactive, animated digital version of her story. After she graduates this spring, she will transfer to Central Connecticut State University to work towards her bachelor’s degree in graphic design. We wish her luck as she moves on from MxCC!

Eleanor Gambardella is the Fine Arts: Graphic Design department’s winner. Eleanor is a freelance web designer/developer, singer, composer and musician. She already holds an associate’s degree in Digital Arts/Multimedia from MxCC, and made the 2010 Connecticut All State Academic Team and the 2010 USA Today All State Academic Team. She was honored at the state capitol and given a proclamation from Governor Rell, received the 2010 Multimedia/Digital Arts Academic Achievement Award, was the co-vice president of public relations for Phi Theta Kappa and was acting president for most of the spring 2010 semester. This semester, she is taking her last two classes to complete her associate’s degree in Fine Arts: Graphic Design. Her goal is to combine digital arts and web design with visual arts and music for a healing multimedia experience, focusing within the online music industry. After graduation, she will continue to pursue her bachelor’s degree in Applied Arts at Charter Oak State University. Good luck, El!

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