Oglala Lakota College’s TV Programs Win Awards

Feb 15th, 2008 | By | Category: 19-3: Beyond Our Names: Uncovering Identity, Tribal College News

Oglala Lakota College’s (OLC, Kyle, SD) TV Production Program won two awards in 2007: The State Director’s Award from South Dakota’s Office of Career and Technical Education in the Arts (AV Technology and Communications cluster) and the Wilma Mankiller Media Education Award from the Native Voice Film Festival.

The Mankiller award was for demonstrating innovation through media production training; it came with a gift of a professional AVID editing software package from the AVID Corporation. The award was presented at the annual conference of the National Congress of American Indians held in Denver, CO, last fall.

A letter from the office of the Native Voice Film Festival states, “The OLC Applied Science Department has demonstrated innovation through the implementation of media production training opportunities, and the excellence of the program has been demonstrated through the resulting inspiration, enthusiasm, and produced work of your students.”

“We are very proud of the accomplishments of the students through Kathy Aplan’s instruction,” says Marilyn Kockrow, chair of the OLC Applied Science Department.

“I am delighted with the progress of the students and their accomplishments,” says Aplan. “I am pleased with the support of President Tom Shortbull, the OLC staff, the OLC Board of Trustees, and the tribe.”

The Spring ‘08 Semester course offerings include Live TV Production I, a 6-hour class that will give students an introduction to the camera and camera techniques, lighting, audio, and editing. OLC’s TV Production Program offers the latest in digital video technology to educate students.

Students have presented their work at various film festivals and other venues. The Vision Maker Film Festival of Native American Public Telecommunications showed “War Ponies” created by students Jesse Short Bull and Brandon Ferguson. The National Museum of the American Indian played “White Clay,” a Thanksgiving video by Jesse Short Bull during Thanksgiving weekend. (Jesse Short Bull was featured in TCJ, Vol. 18, No.1 and TCJ, Vol. 19, No. 1, for his short stories.)

For more information about the TV Production Program, contact Kathy Aplan at (455) 6122 or OLC at (605) 455-6000, fax (605) 455-2787, and online at www.olc.edu.


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