Loyola University Chicago

School of Communication


Students capture local Emmy Awards

Students capture local Emmy Awards

Graduate student Joey Bina won a Crystal Pillar for his documentary, “Dairyland,” chronicling the loss of dairy farms in Wisconsin.

November 23, 2020

Four Loyola School of Communication students were recently honored for their video projects during the Chicago-Midwest Regional Emmy Awards virtual ceremony.

A Crystal Pillar was awarded to Joey Bina in the short form category for his documentary "Dairyland," which was his master's capstone project supervised by Richelle Rogers.

Three students – Ally Kvidt, Molly Gaglione, and Kendall Weems – won the Crystal Pillar in the PSA/Commercial category. Their ad, "The Future is Here," incorporated virtual reality technology into a spot for the innovative real estate company KNXTX. It was produced in the multi-media commercial production course taught by John Goheen and Pam Morris.

All told, 15 School of Communication students were nominated for eight regional Crystal Pillar Awards, the student version of the Emmys. The nominations were in arts and entertainment, short form video, and public service announcements. Students produced the work under the guidance of Professors John Goheen, Pamela Morris, and Richelle Rogers, and former SOC Professor Aaron Greer. 

The Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards are Regional Emmy awards presented by the Chicago/Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Entries from regional universities were judged by TV professionals this summer. 

Here is a complete list of SOC student nominees, with their professors listed in parentheses:

Arts and Entertainment/Cultural Affairs

INK 180: Morgan Guimaraes Casper (Richelle Rogers)

Tuvalu Blues: Annie Kate Raglow, Kaitlin McMurry, Jacob Pieczynski (John Goheen)

Short Form – Non-Fiction

Perennial Pilot: Joey Bina (Aaron Greer)

Dairyland: Joey Bina (Richelle Rogers)

Even in Death: Bernard Kato Ewekia, Loane Vaguna, Robert Pesega (John Goheen)

Public Service (PSAs)/Commercial

The Future is Here: Ally Kvidt, Molly Gaglione, Kendall Weems (John Goheen/Pam Morris)

Well of Mercy: Kyle Phelps, Peyton Allen, Taylor Bulla, Zoe Morey (John Goheen/Pam Morris)

KNTXT Picturing the Future: Frannie Figel, Corinne Chapman, Laura Qiu (John Goheen/Pam Morris)