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DTC Awards & Showcase 2020


2020 DTC Showcase Winners

Kyra Antone, Outstanding SeniorAracely Mendoza, Established ScholarRachel Tveit, Excellence in Digital Cinema, Sound, and AnimationBethany Loomis, Excellence in Information Systems and StructuresAidan Aumell, Excellence in Interactive Technology and DevelopmentEvie Caldwell, Excellence in Service and Community EngagementJovannah Gudino, Excellence in CollaborationJovannah Gudino, Excellence in CollaborationJovannah Gudino, Excellence in CollaborationLandon Roper, Instructor Pedagogy...and more!

The annual DTC Awards & Showcase is held at the end of each academic year to celebrate the achievements of the DTC community. During the Showcase, awards are given that acknowledge efforts in technical achievement, creative pursuits, and critical discourse with an emphasis on inclusion, equity, and diversity throughout.

For the 2019-2020 academic year, the Awards were awarded virtually, as seen in the video above. The categories and winners for the 2019-2020 academic year are listed below, with links to more information about each.

 

Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion
Luis Garcia

Excellence in Collaboration
Erica Bedolla, Tori Bredy, Emily Deichmann, Jovannah Gudino, and Rachel Tveit

Excellence in Service and Community Engagement
Jordan Bard, Evie Caldwell, Lexis Cook, and Aya Stewart

Grit
Anna Davenport

Instructor Pedagogy
Landon Roper

Previous DTC Showcase Winners

 

Winners from 2019, 2018, and earlier are listed at the Previous DTC Awards & Showcase.

 

 

DTC Awards & Showcase, Previous Years


2020 DTC Showcase Winners

For 2020 winners, please visit the main DTC Awards & Showcase page.

2019 DTC Showcase Winners

Graduate Scholarship
Lacy Hope

Instructor Pedagogy
Rachel Bigler

Emerging Scholar
Dallas Hobbs

Established Scholar
Aaron Kapral

Excellence in Digital Cinema, Sound, and Animation
Jeff Braund

Excellence in Information Systems and Structures
“Brief Amicus Curiae for the American Digital Privacy Association in Support of Respondent”
Nico Krout

Excellence in Interactive Technology and Development
“D.L.S.”
Evie Caldwell, Maren Martin, Aache’ Howard-McDaniel and Laurel Kroschel

Excellence in Collaboration
“Pullman School Pantry Program Website & Deliverables”
Daniel Kim, Brandon Sanders, Riley Cagle, Kameryn Skillingstad, and Dave Herman

Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion
Bryan Duran

Excellence in Service & Community Engagement
Kyra Antone

Grit Award
Pedro Trejo

2019 DTC Outstanding Senior
Kelly-anne Cubley

DTC Director Kim Christen is all smiles as she holds a mic at the 2019 DTC Awards

2018 DTC Showcase Winners

Graduate/Instructor Pedagogy Award
Richard Snyder

Emerging Scholar Award
Evie Caldwell

Established Scholar Award
Sulaiman Ambusaidi

Digital Cinema, Sound, & Animation Award
“Out”
David Czyzewicz, Jeff Braund, Amani Brown, Riley Cagle, Mikah Chan, Kelly-anne Cubley, Marisa Riley,
Emma Garcia, Jared Meyer, Kira Norman, Angelica Tibule, Kevin Vandermeer, Sanna Wright, and Josh Yi

Information Systems & Structures Award
“Homes of Hope Deliverables”
Kevin Vandermeer, Jonathan Martinez, Tou Moua, Ted Nikolov, Aaron Scofield, and Pedro Trejo

Interactive Technology & Development Award
“The Internet Bill of Rights Movement”
Rocky Lemley

Diversity & Inclusion Award
Aache’ Howard-McDaniel

Service & Community Engagement Award
Rumnik Cheema

2018 DTC Outstanding Senior Award
Cesar Guerrero

Rebecca Goodrich hands Sulaiman Ambusaidi his award for Established Scholar

Roger Whitson plays a game that Janae Nelson helped to design

 

 

2017 DTC Showcase Winners

Best Stop Motion Animations
“Space Adventures” by Alyssa Puett
“Witch’s Brew” by Kira Norman
“Blind Date” by Emily Page
“Dream Breaks” by Marco Harris

Best Short Narrative Films
“The Abduction” by Brandon Dudley
“Truth be Told” by Mely Barajas

Best Short Documentary Films
“Taking Life Sitting Down” by Laura Guido
“Our Own Devices” by Alexa Berg and Patrick Ota
“Proud of the Cloud” by Jared Meyer
“Pure Nelida” by Tihani Cadiam-Moore and Alonso Lopez Meza
“Alopecia: A Short Documentary” by Tyler Nelson

2016 DTC Showcase Winners

Best Stop Motion Films
“A Dog Story” by Cleana Broman
“No Texting While Fetching” by Darcy Malberg
“Soaring” by Joshua An
“Lethe” by Jorge Barbosa-Rodriguez
“The Lego Life” by Amanda Villarreal
“What Was Lost” by Kai Richardson
“The Lonely 10-Pin” by Kelsey Nash

Best Live Action Narrative Films
“Quiet in the House” by Jorge Barbosa-Rodriguez
“Plastic Chef” by Keaton Moore
“Laser Cats”by Kai Richardson
“Crushed” by Mara Almanzor
“An.i.mus” by Tyler Nelson

Best Documentary Films
“The Cadet” by Josh Allen
“Mechanical Poetry” by Grace Reed
“Miracles” by Meghan Thompson
“Depression is Bullshit” by Kathlina White
“Softball Family (Video 360)” by Kelsey Nash
“Taco Truck Campaign” by Dimitri Gedevanishvili

2015 DTC Showcase Winners

Best Films
“Mockumentary” by Marcus Grove
“Explore Pullman” by Jacob Oster
“An ‘Objective’ Study” by Alison Mand
“I Like That” by Hunter Beetham
“S nay ck Time” by Mauricio Harris Matija
“Going Home” by Bobby Bonjukian
“A Penguin’s Tale” by Megan Peterson
“A Fight to the Death” by Terez Hubble-Brownfield
“The First Mouse on the Moon” by Alayna Wagers

Films Produced in DTC 354
“What is Art” by Maryssa Beare
“Distance” by Terez Hubble-Brownfield
“Martial Arts Training Academy” by Becka Prater
“Here For You” by Cesar Guerrero
“Emulation” by Cassidy Radtke

2014 DTC Showcase Winners

Best Print Design
MacKenzie Brooks

Best Website
Mara Almanzor

Best Video Editing
Jacob Oster

Best Video
“Darkly” by Angela Bonner

Best Stop Motion Animation
“She Didn’t Mean to Leave Her Date for Someone Else, They Just Had Better Chemistry” by Kelsey Johnson

Best Beginning 3D Animation
“On the Wrong Track” by Calin Scott

Best Advanced 3D Animation
“Apple Tree” by Maria Pham and Susan Cannarella

2012 DTC Showcase Winners

Best Print Design
Dustin Hall
Jillian Monda

Best Logo
Jordan LeClaire

Best Website
Ross Dallaire, Nathan Lindahl, Allison Hartinger, Beth Notturno, Chris Hoertel, and Simon Nam

Best Video Editing
Bryan Varner

Best Film
“John” by Beth Notturno

Best Animation
“Hole in One” by Brett Lambright and Nick Shephard

 

DTC Awards & Showcase 2020: Outstanding Senior: Kyra Antone


Outstanding Senior

Award to a graduating DTC senior who exemplifies the technical, creative, critical, and culturally-aware goals of the Digital Technology and Culture program.

They are honored here as well as with other Outstanding Seniors from all the programs within the College of Arts and Sciences.


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Kyra Antone, 2020 award recipient

“I first want to acknowledge that WSU is on the homelands of the Nimiipuu and the Palus people. To the professors who have seen me at my worst and molded me into my best, I appreciate you. A big shout out to the Native communities that I come from, the knowledge and support from all of you has played an invaluable role in my life. A huge thank you to the Native American Student Center staff and students for becoming my family away from home. I have an immense amount of love for you all—the small things you have contributed along the way have made the biggest impact on my journey. Most important, thank you to my mom and sister for always being one smoke signal away. We did it. Go Cougs!”

— Kyra’s personal statement from her College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Senior profile

“As a leader, student, and activist, Kyra brings together the interdisciplinary strands of DTC, weaving together creative production and the critical exploration of digital technology and media across multiple contexts. Her work and community engagement fosters an inclusive community and highlights the necessity of integrating and valuing diverse knowledge systems, histories, and cultures.”

— Dr. Kim Christen

DTC Awards & Showcase 2020: Instructor Pedagogy: Landon Roper


Instructor Pedagogy

Awarded to an instructor, graduate student instructor, or undergraduate student who actively works to improve the DTC mission, curriculum, and student experience through teaching and pedagogical practice.


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Landon Roper, 2020 award recipient

Landon Roper is from New Mexico and eats Hatch green chili as often as possible. He’s always wanted to be a teacher, and is loving life in the DTC program where he has amazing colleagues and students. At school, he is most interested in critiquing social inequalities; at home, he is most interested in hanging with his family — human and animal.

“My courses make many students uncomfortable because I want students to lead their learning. I’m always critiqued for having too little guidance or direction initially, and almost always told that it is worthwhile afterward. My courses aren’t rigorous in a conventional way, but they are more difficult than most other courses in that students examine the ways that they think as much as what they think. This is accomplished through iterative practices during semester-length projects, frequent large-and-small group discussions, and promoting a challenging and safe sharing environment.”


From the Nominations

 

“It is without a doubt Landon is more than deserving of this award and if not is one of the best instructors at this University. He goes out of his way to make sure his students not only are pushing themselves beyond the surface level academically, but cares about their emotional well-being as well. Landon cares deeply about the DTC program and its impact on the lives of students here at WSU.

“Most importantly, as a student whose original intent to only pursue DTC as a UCORE, I am now minoring in DTC as his passion and enthusiasm for the subject inspired me beyond words. Landon is a professor that can teach any student, at any level.”

 

DTC Awards & Showcase 2020: Grit: Anna Davenport


Grit

Acknowledging a DTC student who has overcome immense obstacles to finish their degree at WSU.


Anna Davenport, 2020 award recipient

“Two years ago I had the hardest year of my life. Overall, my college career has been one of the most difficult times of my life. I started out in nursing at another school. After three years in nursing, I decided that digital technology was my passion. Throughout this year at WSU, I have continued to struggle with severe anxiety and depression. However, through my hard work and dedication, I will graduate on time in December with my BA in DTC…

“I believe that I have truly pushed my self to be the best that I can be and I am so proud of the places I’ve gone since my time in the hospital for depression two years ago. Digital Technology and Culture is my true passion and has allowed me to work through a lot of my depression and anxiety. WSU feels like home where I can be creative and truly work on myself.”

DTC Awards & Showcase 2020: Excellence in Service & Community Engagement


Excellence in Service & Community Engagement

Awarded to students who provided exemplary service to the WSU community and beyond during the past curricular year.


2020 Award Recipients (in alphabetical order)

Jordan Bard

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Evie Caldwell

Evie Caldwell is a recent Digital Technology and Culture graduate who loves photo manipulation and has been using Adobe Photoshop for over five years. She is also experienced in editorial design, logo design, motion graphics, video editing, and web design.

Visit Evie’s Online Portfolio

Lexis Cook

Aya Stewart


From the Nominations

“As part of a DTC336 project that studied local spending and alternative currencies, these students worked in a small group and were paired with Eric Sorenson of Clumsy Crow Baking of Pullman, WA. They showed a high level of engagement with the long-term project, more than any of the other students in two sections of the class, spending a significant amount of time studying one specific aspect of Sorenson’s operation and using their research to create original designs.

“They obviously founded a positive relationship with their community member and showed great enthusiasm for what his small business contributes to the community. Their community partner attended their final presentation and also obviously had a positive experience with the group.”


From the Group

“Our group worked with Eric Sorenson of Clumsy Crow Baking to create artisanal currency notes for his business. We specifically chose to focus on his authentic lye-dipped German pretzels and the processes he uses to make them. Throughout the semester, we repeatedly visited with Eric to collect notes and photographs. We used our research to develop icons, patterns, and color schemes, which we then used to create our double-sided bills. Our group chose Aya’s bill [at right] as our final currency design.

“I learned a lot about baking from this project, and I loved the opportunity to get to work with such a neat local business.”

Clumsy Crow artisinal currency

More currency examples from the class can be seen on the DTC blog post Local Artisinal Currency Project.

DTC Awards & Showcase 2020: Excellence in Interactive Technology & Development: Aidan Aumell


Excellence in Interactive Technology & Development

Awarded to a student who explores the principles of web design, coding, information architecture, and usability in a global cultural context.


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Aidan Aumell, 2020 award recipient

My name is Aidan Aumell from Seattle, Washington. I am a Digital Technology Senior graduating in December 2020. I am passionate about web design, VR/AR development, the environment, education, and soccer. This summer I am interning with Simply Augmented working on web design, social media, and 3D modeling.

Visit Aidan’s Online Portfolio

I redesigned a more accessible, and user-friendly, web site for small local business where I previously worked, Seattle Pops. I worked in the Seattle Pop’s kitchen creating all-natural popsicles for two years. I also served as their Social Media Manager intern.

I created the Seattle Pops website for a final in DTC 355, which required students to create a website for a fictional business. I optimized my learnings from the DTC 355 class about UI/UX principals; and advice from Professor Tor de Vries to create the website. I designed an entire new website and added new content as well. When the website was completed, I shared my website design with the owner of Seattle Pops, who loved my design.

Visit the updated site at SeattlePops.com.


From the Nominations

 

“Aidan’s passion for web design was evident this fall in DTC 355. In fact, for his final project, he asked to be allowed to design a new web site for the small business that he worked at over the previous summer. He asked questions, met with me, and pitched it to the business owner — and they loved it!

“His design is now their site, at SeattlePops.com.”

 

Seattle Pops Home Page

DTC Awards & Showcase 2020: Excellence in Information Systems & Structures: Bethany Loomis


Excellence in Information Systems & Structures

Awarded to a student who focuses on inclusive strategies for and systems to design, curate, present, organize, and critique data and information and their functions, uses, and effects across multiple contexts.


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Bethany Loomis, 2020 award recipient

My name is Bethany Loomis. I am currently a Washington State University student earning a Bachelor of Digital Technology and Culture with a minor in Music Technology.

Upon completion of my bachelor’s degree, I hope to become a graphic designer and use my skills to assist with web development and design. I am engaged in my community as a musician in the groups The Community Band of The Palouse and the Hog Heaven Big Band.

Visit Bethany’s Online Portfolio

I was tasked with interpreting the data from the Daily Evergreen’s Google Analytics to help them understand the traffic to the Daily Evergreen’s website and who was visiting the pages and the stories the most. Using the data, I gathered I was able to suggest ways they could increase their student traffic, the primary goal of understanding the data. I enjoyed the fact I was able to give some clarity and provide suggestions to help the Daily Evergreen become more successful.


From the Nominations

 

“Going above and beyond her DTC training, Bethany took on a challenge to work for The Daily Evergreen to initiate the use of Google Analytics so the paper could analyze their web traffic better.

 

 

“Richard Miller, the director of the Office of Student Media, stated: ‘Bethany approached her job with polished professionalism, and produced a detailed report on The Daily Evergreen’s analytics. We were so impressed by her competence that we recruited her to be the next editor of the Chinook Yearbook.'”

DTC Awards & Showcase 2020: Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion: Luis Garcia


Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion

Awarded to a DTC student whose work and actions exemplify the DTC goals of working toward a more just world for all.


Luis Garcia, 2020 award recipient


From the Nomination

 

“Luis is a Residence Hall Director and member of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity Inc. For his fraternity he is a member of the Social Justice committee, where he helped organize a campus-wide event annually called Rooms of Reflection. Luis' part was to help organize the section that focuses on minority groups and raises issues to student participants that they may not already be aware of.

 

 

“In addition to his work with ResLife and his fraternity, Luis has also worked for International Programs as a peer mentor for the First Generation Abroad trip, a trip he went on himself between his freshman and sophomore years at WSU.”

DTC Awards & Showcase 2020: Excellence in Digital Cinema, Sound, & Animation: Rachel Tveit


Excellence in Digital Cinema, Sound, & Animation

Awarded to a student who examines the history, development, and cultural impact of time-based technology such as sound, film and animation.


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Rachel Tveit, 2020 award recipient


From the Nominations

 

“For the DTC 354 Digital Storytelling final, students were to create a narrative short-story video encapsulating everything they had learned throughout the semester. It could be about anything they wanted as long as it followed the traditional 3-act story structure. Students could work in a group or by themselves.

“Rachel decided to work alone, to create a stop-motion animation. She spent over 15 hours designing the backdrops and props in Illustrator. She used a miniature wooden figurine as her main character and the backdrops were tacked to a wall, and a desk served as the floor of the scene. For 30 hours she took photos, moved the character and props millimeters at a time between frames, then she imported more than one thousand photos into Premiere Pro.

“Then, after more than five hours of post-production editing, she finished her 6-minute long stop motion film, titled ‘Spare Change‘ (shown at right). This animation draws attention to the issue of homelessness in our country and takes the audience on an emotional journey that ends with a list of ways people can directly help. She entered the video in the WSU Art for Social Change competition and won.

“That was not the first time Rachel put over 50 hours into a DTC assignment. When she has an idea she goes all in, not for the grade, but for an end product that is something to be proud of. The DTC program emphasizes creative production and critical exploration of digital technology across multiple contexts and Rachel has embraced those components across numerous projects throughout her time at WSU.

“She exemplifies the kind of work ethic DTC encourages from students, and on more than one occasion her projects exposed digital divides and social inequalities. She has also invested countless hours helping other DTC students with projects.