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Fall 2012

Andrew Cambron is a senior in the Telecommunications Honors program, with minors in Spanish and Music. He is the recipient of this year's Sheehan Memorial Scholarship, presented to a Telecommunication major who has demonstrated imagination, artistic integrity, and creativity. During his time at IU, Andrew has been involved numerous student projects, most recently editing the short film, "Lester Kannon" which won Audience Choice and Best Narrative at this year's Iris Film Festival. He also was the creator of the video game, "Platformer from Hell" which was developed in the fall 2011 Advanced Video Game Seminar, and will soon be released for the Xbox Live Indie Arcade. In the summer of 2010 Andrew interned at Chainsaw Inc., a Hollywood based Post-Production facility that has worked on notable projects such as American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance? and Party Down. Andrew plans to return to Los Angeles upon graduation to pursue a career in Television and Film production. Currently, he is developing his short film, "Launchpad" for his honors thesis, and maintains the website

Sahar Pastel-Daneshgar is earning an undergraduate double-major in Telecommunications and Communication and Culture. In Telecommunications, she is focusing on design and production and is one of this year’s recipients of the Jack Sheehan Memorial Scholarship. During her freshmen year, she helped create and run a student film series at the Collins Living-Learning Center. In her sophomore year she won Best Picture at the Communication and Culture Department’s Iris Film Festival with her stop-motion animation project, “It Happens Every Night.” Currently, she is the first Undergraduate Student Representative on the Indiana University’s Cinema's Program Advisory Board. For fall of 2011, Sahar organized a film series and academic symposium at the IU Cinema called The Comic Book Rises: From Underdogs to Blockbusters that featured guest speaker Michael Uslan, executive producer of several of the Batman films. A Bloomington native, she is a fanatic for stop-motion film, and also has a background in theatre, art and storyboards. Graduating in December 2012, Sahar plans to pursue a career in filmmaking.

Spring / Fall 2011

Undergraduate Taylor Bryant is earning both a BA in Telecommunications and a BFA in Studio Art.  In both he is focusing primarily on 3D animation and motion design. He is the 2011 winner of the Fred Brewer Scholarship, awarded to a Telecommunications major demonstrating innovative use of video graphics in traditional electronic or new media.  As well as being a full time student, Taylor is a freelancer working on multiple projects for companies such as Sproutbox, RF Investments, and Edesign4U. Taylor is currently interning for the Big 10 network’s Fly Pack creating graphics for sports broadcasts.  He has also worked with a number of IU faculty members, providing technical support and creating 3D animations for children’s educational videos, theater backdrops, and concept art.  Taylor plans to continue freelance work after graduation with hopes of becoming an outside consultant for major production houses. For samples of Taylor Bryant's work visit:

Kirstyn Delaney is currently a senior at IU pursuing a major in Telecommunications, with a focus in design and production, and a minor in Communication and Culture. She is this year’s recipient of the Jo Ann Morris Murphy Scholarship, presented to a Telecommunication major who has accepted an internship in New York City. During her time at IU, Kirstyn has been involved with campus organizations like Dark Hound Productions, Bloomington Artist Agency, and Campus Movie Fest. She also helped with IUSTV’s filming of GLOWFEST 2011 during Little 500. She interned as a production assistant with Station Film Inc. in New York City. Station Film Inc. is a prestigious production company that has produced several advertising campaigns for Axe, Lexus and FEDEX. Kirstyn plans to return to New York City upon graduation and pursue a career in Media Production.

Lillian Feldman-Hill, elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society, will be graduating in May 2011 with a major in Telecommunications.  She focused on the Design and Production emphasis area of the major, specifically on video editing and video game production. Lillian was the Multivisions Communications Conference Media Showcase chair for two consecutive years, and was thrilled to play a role in such a unique networking conference. She has interned with for two years and is currently one of their lead editors. Lillian also took on the role of co-founder for IU's newest video game production company, Hoosier Games, where she is currently an executive producer. Lillian was honored to receive the Department of Telecommunications' Jennifer Byrne Shull Scholarship which is presented to a female student majoring in Telecommunications who has distinguished herself in scholarship and service to the Department and to the University.  In addition to her major in Telecommunications, Lillian will be receiving minors in both Hebrew Language and Contemporary Dance. She has also been a member of the African American Dance Company, and has served as a teaching assistant in IU's Contemporary Dance program. Lillian is currently working as an Associate Video Game Producer for an independent company and is planning to move to Los Angeles to pursue video editing and/or video game production.

Mary LaVenture, a graduate student, completed her M.S. degree in Telecommunications in May 2011. Her interests included documentary filmmaking, alternate reality games, museum exhibit design, and photography. Her career goals center on museum exhibit development/design and technology integration in both museum exhibits and education. Mary is the recipient of the Sheehan Memorial Scholarship and her recent documentary "A Four-Wheeled Fascination: The Evolution of Roller Derby" won the Advanced Non-Fiction award in the 2011 Multivisions Media Showcase Competition. Mary recently completed an internship at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. She worked on a number of projects including a community walking tour phone app, a museum exhibit about roller skating, and a number of personal photography and painting projects.

Paul Mattingly plans to graduate in 2011 with honors from the College of Arts and Sciences, a major Telecommunications, and a minor in Business.  He received both the Lee Norvelle Scholarship and the Jeri Taylor Prize for Script Writing from the Department of Telecommunications. During his time at IU, Paul interned for a CBS-affiliate station in Louisville, KY in the Creative Services Department. He also works in the Marketing Department at Renaissance Rentals, a local property management company.  At Renaissance Rentals, he writes and designs advertising campaigns for the company and oversees brand management strategies. This past year, the Sprite Refreshing Films program selected his short screenplay, My Life, the Video Game, as a contest finalist and produced the film in New York City; it featured Christopher Gorham of television’s Ugly Betty fame.  The film can be viewed at Paul plans on moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in either film marketing or development.

Daniel Jay Mentser is a junior at Indiana University, majoring in Telecommunications.  Daniel focuses his studies on program directing, primarily in field video production.  At Indiana University, his short mockumentary Armstrong was screened for the public at the Indiana University Memorial Union in October, 2010, and he has produced various sports news packages for the IUSTV program Hoosier Sports Nite.  In his home town of Cincinnati, Ohio, Daniel volunteered for Norwood Community Television in the summer of 2010, operating cameras for program shoots and producing his own community highlights special. This summer, Daniel will be living in New York City, interning for ABC News in their Primetime Newsmagazine department.  Daniel has also collaborated on various projects for the Indiana University Memorial Union Board Films Committee, co-produced an entry in the spring 2010 Campus Movie Fest competition; he also works part time as a Media and Reserve Assistant at the Herman B. Wells Library.  A recipient of the Donald Abbott Rushton Memorial Scholarship for program directing, Daniel hopes to pursue a career in directing and writing for feature films and episodic television.  

Spring 2010

Caleb Levell graduated in December 2009 with majors in Telecommunications and the Individualized Major Program. His IMP degree focused on Social Media Ecology. Caleb graduated with honors from both programs and also completed requirements for the Hutton Honors College. His honors thesis in Telecommunications focused on audience interaction with online narrative and social networks. Additionally, while at IU, Caleb founded, a user-driven social fundraising site. Upon graduation, Caleb took an internship with the digital division of Edelman, a worldwide public relations firm in Chicago. He is returning to Bloomington in the summer of 2010 to work at Hanapin Marketing, where he will concentrate on search marketing and web application.

Jacob Sherry is an undergraduate Wells Scholar earning double majors in Telecommunications and the Individualized Major Program. His IMP degree is focused on filmmaking, with a particular emphasis on directing. This semester he is studying abroad in New Zealand, where he is taking a graduate class in scriptwriting and completing an internship with New Zealand production company South Pacific Pictures. In the fall of 2009, Jacob co-directed and co-produced the short film, Two Juliets, as part of the Department of Telecommunications T436 Advanced Production class. The film is currently being submitted to several short film festivals. After graduating, Jacob plans to pursue a career in the film industry.

Alex Kopytko is a senior from suburban Chicago. He is currently pursuing degrees in Telecommunications and Economics, a minor in Spanish, and a certificate from the Liberal Arts & Management Program (LAMP). Alex has been an intern at WTIU Television since his freshman year in 2006 and has worked in a variety of roles, including copywriter, schedule director, and Corporate Development intern. During the spring 2009 semester, Alex had the opportunity to study international business in Copenhagen, Denmark. His curriculum included meeting with business and political leaders to discuss the financial crisis in Copenhagen, London, Brussels, and Moscow. In 2009, Alex received the Department of Telecommunications' Donald Agostino Scholar’s Award for demonstrating excellence in leadership, academics, and community service, and exhibiting curiosity for learning across a wide range of subjects. Alex is an active member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He is considering a career path in either management consulting or media financing.


Spring 2009

Undergraduate Amanda Ricks is a co-chair of this year’s annual Multivisions Student Communications Conference, a one-day career networking event sponsored by the Department of Telecommunications. In the past, Amanda has worked for the Indiana University Residence Halls Association as a general assembly delegate. She has also been an intern with WTIU, the Indiana University public television station. In the fall of 2008, as part of an advanced Telecommunications production class, Amanda worked on the documentary “Small Screen Cinema” which will be aired on WTIU in the fall of 2009. Amanda is a recipient of an IU Faculty Scholarship and is currently the Event and Facilities Director for the Hoosier Den, an entertainment facility run by students and located in the Foster Residence Center. Amanda is currently exploring her options for attending graduate school after completing her undergraduate degree in May of 2009.

Ben Gibson is earning undergraduate majors in Telecommunications and Mathematics and a minor in Spanish. In the summer of 2008, he lived for six weeks with a family in Queretaro, Mexico while studying Spanish. In addition to classes, Ben has been the student coordinator for the Collins Living Learning Center’s Video Production Facilities since his freshman year. His responsibilities include training students in the use of Final Cut Pro and Cannon GL cameras. Each semester, he also puts on a production-related event at Collins such as a short film festival or a one-day film-making workshop. This year, for his Telecommunications Senior Project, Ben worked with Professor Andrew Bucksbarg and created a musical instrument that used light sensors and flashlights to generate sounds in the software program Pure Data. Ben plans to spend another year at IU in order to finish his course work for a Hutton Honors College General Honors Notation and to add a minor in computer science.

Seth Tober is earning an undergraduate major in Telecommunications, a Business Foundations Certificate offered by the Kelley School of Business, and a Hutton Honors College Notation. In addition to academics, Seth has been an avid member of the Indiana University Student Television News Production team for four years; he also works for WTIU, the Indiana University public television station, as part of the production crew. In 2008, Seth was the winner of the both the Broadcast Education Association’s Harold E. Fellow’s Scholarship and the Department of Telecommunication’s Fred Brewer Award for Graphic Design. This year, Seth is the co-chair of the annual MultiVisions Student Communications Conference, a one-day career networking event sponsored by the Department of Telecommunications. Seth has completed internships at CBS News, Time Warner News, Hearst Digital, Brobot/Trigger Happy Productions, and the NYC Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting. He is a member of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity and has served as their secretary and web master. Seth plans to return home to New York, after graduation this spring, to pursue a career in media production.

Undergraduate Ari H. Solomon, from Atlanta, GA, is earning a Minor in Music Studies from the IU Jacobs School of Music as well as a major in Telecommunications. In addition to his full-time academic schedule, Ari works as the Assistant Talent Buyer & Marketing Director for The Bluebird Live Venue, located here in Bloomington. He is also the manager for the Clayton Anderson Band. Ari has interned with Cumulus Radio, Live Nation, and Creative Artists Agency. He hopes to begin his career at music talent agency after his graduation from IU in May 2009.

Previously a student in IUB’s Jacobs School of Music, undergraduate Chad Stum is now majoring in Telecommunications and focusing on the design and production area of the major. In addition to his full-time academic schedule, Chad is a production assistant at WTIU, the Indiana University public TV station; in January 2009, he covered the US Presidential Inauguration for WTIU News. Chad has also worked as a videographer for Indianapolis’ WISH TV and for Conseco Fieldhouse where he shot Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever games.

Leila Marsh Leila Marsh is an undergraduate Telecommunications major who is active in department and campus organizations. She is currently the Vice President of the department’s Telecommunications Club and is also a member of TELSAC, the Telecommunications Student Advisory Committee. At the campus level, Leila is proud to be the Student Assistant Coordinator for IUB’s Exploratory Student Resources. In addition to her major in Telecommunications, Leila is also earning a minor in Communication and Culture and a minor in Spanish.

Undergraduate Katelin Eckert is earning a minor in Psychology and majors in the Individual Major Program and Telecommunications. Katelin’s IMP major is in Layout and Design. She recently completed an internship at The Children’s Museum of Art in Indianapolis where she made graphics for the exhibits as well as signage used in the museum. By designing her own major in the IMP program, Katelin was able to choose a wide variety of classes to complete her degree. She particularly enjoyed her first Telecom classes and therefore decided to add Telecommunications as a second major. She hopes to find a career where she can utilize all the skills she has learned at IU.