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February 11, 2004

CWIT Video Wins Medals at International Film and Video Awards

The Center for Women and Information Technology (CWIT) video, "You Can Be Anything," was awarded the prestigious Gold World Medal in the category of Best Original Music/Lyrics and a World Silver Medal for Motivation by the New York Festivals. The 2004 International Film & Video Awards were presented in the Hudson Theatre on January 30, and were attended by senior executives from the broadcast and film industry from around the world. Claudia Morrell, CWIT's director and executive producer for the video, and Michael Bacon, who composed the music, accepted the award.

"You Can Be Anything" uses the techniques of music videos and the power of media to portray a wide variety of women, both past and present, working in diverse careers using technology. The music and images are combined in exciting ways that appeal to young people, engage their emotions, capture their attention and convey the message that science and technology are cool, exciting fields for women as well as men. CWIT intends the video to be used by a speaker from the center's speaker's bureau who will discuss informal programs, classes and careers in more detail.

Morrell says the project was the result of collaboration between students, faculty, staff and alumni. "Congratulations go to Video Press' Susan Hannah Hadary and Bill Whiteford '80 for the award submission, as well as their contact with Michael Bacon, the composer. Congratulations also to the Video Project Team, which included Bill Shewbridge, OIT New Media Studio; Dan Bailey, Imaging Research Center; Iohanna Sakellion, graduate student; and Anne Spence, Department of Mechanical Engineering. Thanks also to Joan Korenman, CWIT founding director, for her continuous behind the scenes support; Joan Lawrence; our CWIT scholars and UMBC students; and CWIT External and Internal Board members who helped us to achieve excellence -- including being filmed, providing input and keeping it 'cool.'"

Click here to watch the video: www.umbc.edu/be-anything/.

Posted by dwinds1 at February 11, 2004 12:00 AM