FPU Students Win an Emmy Award

Jan 1, 2020

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Image Student winners with Dr. Kristen Nevious and Assistant Dean Jill Bassett

Student winners with Dr. Kristen Nevious and Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Retention Jill Bassett

June 26, 2017

Franklin Pierce students were honored with a student Emmy Award by the New England chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) at the 40th Boston/New England Emmy Awards Ceremony on Saturday, June 24 for their production of an “It’s On Us” public service announcement (PSA).

The staggering statistic that one in four college women report surviving rape or attempted rape at some point in their lifetime (oneinfourUSA.org) motivated a group of Franklin Pierce media production students—mentored by faculty and staff including Heather Weibel Tullio and Jill Bassett, as well as former staff members Rosemary Nichols and Greg King—to produce this PSA in support of the national “It’s On Us” initiative, which encourages bystander intervention on college campuses.

The media production student team led the creative choices in scripting, filming and editing the winning PSA, including customizing a script for the national pledge to increase the power of the message for Raven Nation. More than 100 students, faculty and staff across campus participated in filming, amplifying the message that sexual assault is not tolerated at Franklin Pierce.

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Caption Franklin Pierce students pose with the winning awards

The students honored on Saturday night include:

  • Samantha Hulme, Director 
  • Claire Dew, Director
  • Jasmyne Fogle, Cinematographer 
  • Scott DeLaura, Cinematographer
  • Catherine Purdy, Talent Coordinator, Editor
  • Morgan Baker, Lighting Technician, Audio Assistant
  • Dimitry Legagneur, Audio Technician
  • Amanda Tapparo, Talent Coordinator 
  • Thomas Dynan, Audio Technician
  • Luke Walsky, Lighting Technician, Audio Assistant 

This was a repeat appearance at the Emmys for Franklin Pierce, as the University swept the PSA category in 2015, taking home top honors as well as both runner-up spots. Students Carlo Falitico ’16 and Lauren Caduto ’16 (with faculty advisor Dr. Kristen Nevious) won the “Emmy” in the PSA category with their video entitled “Can Collaboration.” The trio also took home both runner-up videos, giving the Ravens a clean sweep of the category.

This year, the student awards opened the evening. According to Nevious, some of the professionals in the crowd remembered Franklin Pierce’s previous success and took note that the University was back in competition.

“It was also thrilling to see two Franklin Pierce alumni in the list of nominations, including Jim Breen, Director of News Operation at WMUR, and Michael Buo, photographer at WFXT. We hope to be back again next year, and I know that our students will do their part to make that happen by continuing their tradition of excellence and creativity,” Nevious said.

View the winning PSA:


Learn more about the media production concentration of the Communication Degree at Franklin Pierce.