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March 27, 2013

RSU students Ammons, Hoffman honored with Emmys

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Ammons’ work also has earned her additional recognition, including two CINE national awards, a Golden Eagle and Jury award for best documentary overall, two Tellys, an international premier award, and a Gabriel, an independent award that recognizes positive, creative treatment of concerns to humankind.
Hoffman started out as a computer science major working in the RSU distance learning office and was transferred to work in TV and theatre. Hoffman said that he didn’t find this career path, it found him.
Hoffman got the chance to attend the awards ceremony and describes the feeling as “mind blowing.”
“When our names popped up on the screen, we were star struck,” Hoffman said. “There’s really no better way to describe it.”
Hoffman controls audio for the TV station and has also become the co-lighting designer.
Hoffman hopes to continue his work in TV and theatre once he graduates. He aspires to be a tech director for a theatre.
This opportunity was one that neither student expected but both are grateful for the experience.
“Not in my wildest imagination would I have thought I would have done anything like this,” Ammons said. “For such a small TV station, we produce programs that make a difference in the community.”
Both students have a passion for their work.
“You’ve got to make the magic happen one production at a time,” Hoffman said. “It really does take a little of magic to make these productions come together.”
Dale McKinney, production manager of RSU Public TV, has seen these two students earn their Emmy awards through hard work.
“Jess has been invaluable working on our documentaries, doing research. Kevin does lighting and audio on studio and field projects, and many other things as needed,” McKinney said. 
“They are accurate, reliable and tireless. Television is a collaborative medium. I am grateful to have both of them as colleagues.”

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