Westminster College Broadcast Communications Students and Television Station Receive Awards

Monday, November 11, 2013

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College broadcast and digital communications students, Westminster's Cable Network (WCN), and Titan Radio received several awards from College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI) for projects featured on WCN.

Joe Ligo's project, "Think Before You Post: Cyberbullying," was awarded first place for Best TV Public Service Announcement.

"Like any great production, this was a team effort.  I'm so thankful for crew members' hard work and the actors' great performances," said Ligo.

Ligo also thanked three Westminster professors for their contributions: Dr. Terri Lenox, professor of computer science and chair of the department; Dr. Jamie McMinn, associate professor of psychology and coordinator of the psychology-human resources program; and Brad Weaver; communication studies lecturer.

Ligo was named runner up in this category in 2012 for "Get Out." That year "Titan Radio Never Stops" was named Best TV Promo. Ligo, the program director for the Westminster's student-run Titan Radio, came up with the concept and produced the video.

"It's great to bring home another CBI award to Westminster," Ligo said.

 Ligo, a senior broadcast communications major, is a son of Jess and Amy Ligo and a graduate of Mercer Area High School.

Connor Kobis's project, "Fourth and a Miracle," was named Best Documentary. The program documents the journey shared by Scott and Sarah Coy, two people, who through much adversity, have made it through life sticking by each other's side.

"To receive this recognition from professionals in the field is really an amazing accomplishment for me," Kobis said. "I never in a million years would have expected to win this award. I'm so happy and proud that the story of Scott and Sarah Coy hit home with audiences across the nation."

Kobis continued, "I look forward to doing more digital media work in the future and would love to move to Hollywood someday to pursue a career in filmmaking."

Kobis graduated from Westminster over the summer with a degree in broadcast communications. He is a son of Michael and Kathleen Kobis of Elma, N.Y. and a graduate of Bishop Timon-Saint Jude High School.

"The CBI awards confirm that Westminster students are reaching and defining the benchmarks for digital media best practices," Weaver said. "Competing and winning on the national stage against heavy competition from major universities says so much about the quality of education Westminster students receive.  I'm incredibly proud of Connor and Joe.  They're gifted, skilled, creative leaders who will help shape the digital media landscape."

Westminster College also received national finalist awards for work produced by Titan Radio. WCN and its website were named national finalists for Best Audio Podcast for "Dirty Secrets and Broken News: Checkbook Journalism, Interview Poaching and Bigfoot Journalism." Producers and contributors include the following students:

Joshua Dunn, a senior broadcast communications major, is a son of Charles and Maria Dunn of Pittsburgh and a graduate of Northgate High School.

Jordan Greer received his degree in broadcast communications in May. He is a son of Joseph and Mariagnes Greer and a graduate of Baldwin High School.

Anthony Humes, a junior communication studies major, is a son of Ian and Lynne Humes of Darlington, England.

Stephanie Oleyar, a senior communication studies major, is a daughter of Stephen and Lori Oleyar of Derry and a graduate of Greensburg Central Catholic High School.

Andrea Tice of New Castle is a 2012 graduate of Westminster's Lifelong Learning Program.

Jarred Treshok, a senior broadcast communications major, is a son of Anthony and Karen Treshok of Sarver and a graduate of Freeport Area High School.

The broadcast and digital communications program is one of the largest and fastest growing at Westminster College, offering students interested in radio and television an education with hands-on experience, including: remote broadcasts of sports and other special events, in-studio production of news, magazine and interview shows, announcing and managing Titan Radio, special feature productions, and web and internet journalism on www.wcn247.com.  

The objective of the broadcast and digital communications program is to prepare students for entry-level and subsequent management positions in digital media: radio, television, cable and a range of other organizations.

Contact Weaver at 724-946-7238 or email for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.