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URI Multimedia Group at Feinstein Providence Campus receives Best Education Program awards

Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-4500

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- July 12, 2004 -- A small multimedia production group at the University of Rhode Island's Feinstein Providence Campus has made it big on screens statewide for thinking and working outside the box.

The URI Multimedia Production Group received top awards from Cox Communications New England for its 30-minute program "Outside the Box: Non-Traditional Learning at URI," that was written, directed and produced by the group's staff members Dana Neugent of Ashaway, Jon Foley of Providence, and a graduate student assistant Mike Stevenson of Rumford.

The program which aired last year on Rhode Island educational channel (PATV-15, Statewide Interconnect channels) won the "Best Educational Program" and the "Best Public Access Program of 2003" PEG awards from Cox Communications New England. The URI Group had been nominated for six awards before taking home the two best-of awards.

Organized by Rhode Island public access personnel from Cox, the Rhode Island PEG Awards recognize the best non-professional, non-commercial public programming produced in the state. "PEG" stands for the three types of community-based access provided in Rhode Island by Cox: public, educational, and government access.

The "Outside the Box" program focused on the non-traditional learning that happens outside of the classrooms with students throughout the state. It included the College of the Environment and Life Sciences' (CELS) Freshman Field Day events, the community action program for inner-city students to explore the bay, and a graduate student's research of birds.

"I thought it was important to do something like this to show what the University actually does beyond the classrooms. A lot of people think that URI is just Kingston. We wanted to show how URI's work transcends the classroom and the campus with everyone from inner-city high school kids to freshmen to graduate students. We felt the work of students, faculty and staff in CELS provided a great visual explanation of this point," explained Neugent who spearheaded the effort.

"Even though I went to school here, I had never seen these kinds of things. I think it's important for students, parents, alumni, and the legislature to see the creative kind of learning that takes place and its effect."

Part of the Office of Information Services' Instructional and Information Technology office, the Multimedia Group provides video production, animation, CD/DVD design and production, and streaming video services and interactive Internet-based classroom designs for the University. The team also produces ads and promotional videos for the Division of University Advancement, the Alumni Association and the Department of Athletics.

In addition to producing such award-winning programs, the group's staff members also are part of the teaching team for the University's Multimedia technology certificate program. This non-credit course teaches participants to use technology as a tool to complete newsletters, design Web pages, as well as scripts and produce commercials. This series of hands-on courses is designed to enhance the skills for those interested in working with multimedia technology. Participants may choose Introduction to Print/Web media, Advanced Print/Web media, Video Technology or a combined program. Advanced courses are available in Flash, Photoshop and Web Design.

For More Information: Dana Neugent, 277-5415, dneug@uri.edu