Month: April 2014

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!

For a full list of winners, go to


telly_newlogolargeThe Telly Awards has named Middlesex Community College’s Corporate Media Center as a bronze winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards for their piece titled “The Functions and Values of Wetlands and Watercourses.” With nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor.

The 48-minute video is a beautiful visual exploration of the functions and values of wetlands and watercourses, focusing on the key areas of hydrology, ecology and land use.  It also features the voice over talent of MxCC alumna Liz Parra as the voice of the narrator’s digital assistant. It is the third and final video in the Municipal Inland Wetland Commissioners Training Program and was produced for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).

“This video is one of the most beautiful videos the Corporate Media Center has produced,” said Dan Nocera, corporate media producer. “We are so honored that we have received a Telly Award for this piece.”

A team of faculty, staff, and students produced the video, including Dan Nocera, Doug Rogers, Barbara Rogers, Rick Eriksen, and Lloyd Langevin. Student production assistants include Hollie Kinney, Trent Jones, Basheer Troche, Lahcen Rachem, and Cindy Gerstl.

The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films.  Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.

“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards. “The accomplishment of Middlesex Community College’s Corporate Media Centerillustrates their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”

To find out more about the Telly Awards visit, To view the video series, visit CT DEEP’s YouTube channel at

  • Center for New Media Faculty, Alum Participate in Career Panel
  • Center for New Media Faculty, Alum Participate in Career Panel
  • Center for New Media Faculty, Alum Participate in Career Panel
  • Center for New Media Faculty, Alum Participate in Career Panel

Center for New Media Faculty, Alum Participate in Career Panel

Last Monday, Center for New Media faculty and recent grad Dustin Schultz ’10 of Union Productions participated in a career panel on media, communication, and art. Faculty members including Professors John Shafer, Rick Eriksen, Rich Lenoce, Donna Bontatibus, and Judith deGraffenried shared tips on how their education impacted their career path, as well as gave practical advice on working in their respective industries. Dustin shared how his education at Middlesex and internship and job experience got him to where he is today–owner of a video production company.


Here is an updated floor plan of the Center for New Media, expected to be completed for the fall 2014 semester.

About the Center

Middlesex Community College's Center for New Media is located in Middletown, CT.

The CNM offers innovative associate degrees in broadcast-cinema, graphic design, multimedia, and communication, as well as certificate programs in areas such as interactive entertainment, gaming, 3D animation, new media production, news and sports production, corporate media and web design.

We are a designated Center for Excellence in broadcast education and we prepare our students for jobs in the growing field of new media with a hands-on education.

Learn more about programs at MxCC's Center for New Media at

This project was funded by a grant awarded under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration.