Student Achievements

Bethany Lutheran College is blessed with one of the finest departments for television and video production in the nation. Consistent exposure and recognition at the national level is vitally important to the continued growth of our communication program, which has already seen its share of success with students landing internships and jobs at such prestigious organizations as ESPN, Disney, FOX News, FOX Sports Net, MediaCom, and WSAW television.

Maverick Hockey Weekend takes first at BEA Festival of Media Arts

The Bethany-produced Maverick Hockey Weekend took first place in the Sports/Live event category at the 2013 Festival of Media Arts, sponsored by the Broadcast Education Association (BEA). This is the second time Maverick Hockey Weekend claimed a first place win. Maverick Hockey Weekend is a joint production involving Bethany Lutheran College, Charter Communications, and Minnesota State University.

Students receive three production and broadcast awards

The Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Student Awards of Excellence were announced at a ceremony on Sunday, April 1, 2012, at the Theaters at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. Bethany Lutheran College students claimed awards in three of the four categories in which they received nominations. The Upper Midwest Chapter of the NATAS includes universities and colleges from Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and western Wisconsin.

Students win first place honors in BEA Festival

Student film Leaf Me Alone earned a first place finish in the Small College Video/Broadcast competition of the 2012 BEA Festival. This highly competitive festival features student works from many film and television programs throughout the country and draws nearly 100,000 industry professionals. The BEA Festival is part of the National Association of Broadcasters and Broadcast Education Association convention in Las Vegas. Student winners are invited to an awards ceremony where their work is screened and they collect their award. The film was created for and also won Bethany's Red Eye Film Festival, in which students are given one week to write and produce short films.

Watch student film
Leaf Me Alone.

Hockey broadcasts receive Emmy nominations

In Bethany's first attempt at entering the regional Emmy competition in 2010, BLC Studios earned two Emmy nominations in the student productions sports program event category for its work on College Hockey Weekend and the College Hockey Weekend Pre Game show. The Emmy's recognize the finest in broadcasting. It's wonderful to see our student work identified as excellent by the highly recognized broadcast award society.

College Hockey Weekend is the Emmy® nominated live broadcast of NCAA Division I hockey. Students produce live sportcasts for Charter Communication and Minnesota State University, Mankato using Bethany's state-of-the-art high definition trailer.

Watch the Hockey Broadcast Graphics Reel.


Student film wins national BEA award

The Bethany Lutheran College Communication Department annually attends the National Association of Broadcasters convention. The event is the world’s largest new media show and attracts nearly a billion dollars in communication technology. For the 2009 Convention, Bethany had a large presence with ten current faculty and students attending and nine alumni taking part. Collectively, the nineteen members of the contingent combined to speak at ten conference presentations.

A number of communication students also attended the Broadcast Education Association’s (BEA) annual Festival Awards ceremony to collect a “Best of Festival” award. Of the hundreds of entries into the national competition, Bethany students were selected as the “best” in their category. Their film, Summer Grasses, was shown at the gathering where they gave a speech about the project and collected $1,000 prize money as well as professional editing software worth $1,600. This is no small achievement for Bethany and particularly these students: David Kelly, Jeff Hendrix, Juliana Schreyer, and Dena Pech.

Watch the student film "Summer Grasses."

King’s screen play produced for TV

Sean King, a 1995 Bethany graduate, had his first screenplay produced in a made-for-television movie on the Hallmark Channel. The movie Generation Gap aired in October 2008.


Sean King (right) with television personality Ed Asner (center) and Raymond Starmann.