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MVNU students honored with NRB media production awards

March 2, 2012

Five Mount Vernon Nazarene University students have been honored by the intercollegiate branch of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) by placing in the organization's 2012 student production contest.

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Chris Runion, a sophomore video and radio broadcasting major from Charleston, West Virginia, placed first in the NRB television/video promo category. He created a 30-second promo for the MVNU men's soccer team called 'Iron Sharpens Iron,' based on the team's 2011 theme verse in Proverbs 27:17. "I was blessed to attend NRB as a sophomore and meet some of the top people in our industry," said Runion. "The best part was seeing how passionate they are about their ministries and how they do it all for the glory of God."

Sam Dye, a senior video and radio broadcasting major from Galion, Ohio, placed third in the NRB Radio PSA/Promo category. He submitted a 60-second public service announcement he produced for 'Let's Get Ready to Learn,' a local United Way workshop for parents of children ages 0-5. "Placing third in the country at NRB was an honor," said Dye. This has given me a great opportunity to boost my portfolio and résumé.

In addition, a team of three MVNU students attending the conference took third place in a national digital audio competition called 'The 36DA Challenge.' Video and radio broadcasting majors Stephen King, a senior from Owego, New York; Jayme McMillan, a senior from Mt. Gilead; and D.J. Mills, a junior from Ashtabula, Ohio, competed against four other schools in the challenge. All teams worked with the animated television series "Friends and Heroes," and had 36 hours to produce two 60-second radio drama/promotional pieces for the show. "It was a great experience," said Mills. "I was really happy with our final product and I loved working with Jayme and Steve. I will definitely be participating in this event next year."

Student award winners were honored at a reception Sunday, February 19, at the annual NRB convention and exposition, held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. This is the sixth consecutive year that MVNU students have placed nationally in either radio or video.

Upperclassmen students taking radio and video classes at MVNU this fall submitted projects following the iNRB guidelines, and the top projects were then evaluated and entered into the contest. "We are always excited when the work of our students is recognized by iNRB," said Joe Rinehart, Assistant Professor of Communication and Director of Broadcasting. "The advantage of this competition is that the projects are judged by broadcasting professionals across the country. When the judging sheets are returned, the students get additional feedback on how their work was evaluated and how they can improve. This feedback helps direct our instruction."

"Our successes in the iNRB video competition are significant and encouraging," added Dean Abbott, Assistant Professor of Communication. "They are significant because we have seen that our students are able to create media products that earn the respect of professionals in the larger industry. They are encouraging because these awards indicate that students in a program like ours, still in its early stages of development, can generate media on a par with students in programs that are much older and much larger than ours. They encourage us to continue pursuing the track we are on knowing that we are moving in the right direction."

The intercollegiate branch of NRB is committed to promoting excellence and integrity, and providing a forum for student and faculty members to network and share ideas and goals. For more information on the National Religious Broadcasters, go to

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students and working adults. With a 400-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several additional Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,600 students from 26 states and seven countries/U.S. territories.

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