WT Communication and Business Students Take Home 20 Tellys

Jun 10, 2020
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WT Communication and Business Students Take Home 20 Tellys

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CANYON, Texas—Students at West Texas A&M University win big at the 41st annual Telly Awards.

The Department of Communication won four bronze and one silver, while Media Minds, a student organization of the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business, took home five silver and 10 bronze.

The Telly Awards competition honors video and television made for all screens and judged by the Telly Award Judging Council, made up of leading video and television experts from prestigious companies in entertainment, publishing and advertising.

Each year, the competition features more than 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents and winners represent the best work in their industries. WT students placed in both professional and student categories.

The five awards won by communication students in the 2020 competition were divided among three different videos, which are listed below by title.

“WT Mobile App” won a silver Telly for fully animated piece, and two bronze Tellys for use of animation and student production. This video promotes the Fast Track feature within WT’s mobile app that allows prospective students to quickly learn their likelihood of acceptance and learn more about the university. Chase Brady and Maroon Productions, WT’s student video production crew, created this video.

“Kerry Moore – Communication Hall of Fame 2019” won a bronze Telly for student production. This video highlights WT Communication Hall of Fame member Kerry Moore’s achievements. Maroon Productions and WT students Chase Brady, Anna Parsons and Cody Stephens comprised the production crew.

“Christmas at WTAMU 2019 – Gloria! Music of the Christmas Season” won a bronze Telly for sound/sound design. This video showcases WT’s annual Christmas concert. Maroon Productions produced the film.

“I was surprised by how many awards the WT Mobile app video won,” said Brady. “It was one of the first big projects I had ever done completely in 3D so I was excited to have the opportunity to create something like that and get recognized for it!”

Likewise, business students in Media Minds earned 15 awards, including both silver and bronze.

The “Financial Literacy Video Library” was recognized with two silver Tellys in the Online Video – Education category, as well as with two bronze Tellys in that same category, and a bronze in the Online Video – Information category.

The video library covers a variety of financial topics of special relevance to college students, from understanding financial aid, paycheck, and credit, to making a budget and planning for big purchases.

Students involved in the production of one or more of the Telly-winning videos include Trevor Fleeman, M.B.A., J. Roman Gray, B.B.A. Marketing, Ethan Nguyen, B.B.A. General Business, Mason Pifer, B.B.A. Computer Information Systems and Rolando Salas, B.B.A. Marketing.

The following videos by Media Minds also received awards categorized by topic.

Financial Literacy

  • All About Credit is a silver Telly in Online: Education and a bronze Tellyin Online: Information categories.
  • All About Financial Aid is a silver Tellyin Online: Education.
  • Scholarships is a bronze Telly in Online: Education.
  • Make Your Money Work for You is a bronze Tellyin Online: Education and a bronze Telly in Online: Information.

Study Abroad

  • Study Abroad 2019 | Schaeffer Scholars is a silver Tellyin Non-Broadcast: Student and a bronze Telly in Non-Broadcast: Educational Institution.
  • 2019 Study Abroad | Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business is the silver Tellyin Non-Broadcast: Educational Institution and a bronze Telly in Non-Broadcast: Student.


  • This is Your Time - Women of the PVECOB is a bronze Tellyin Non-Broadcast: Educational Institution.
  • MS-CISBA Program at WTAMU is a bronze Telly forin the Non-Broadcast: Educational Institution category and a bronze Telly in Non-Broadcast: Student category.
  • Amarillo Faith City Mission - The Art of Giving is a silver Tellyin Non-Broadcast: Live Events category.
  • Profitness 2019 is a bronze Tellyin Non-Broadcast: Student.

“The Telly Awards give our Media Minds group the opportunity to show off our best productions,” said Roman Gray, a current marketing student. “We work hard to create content that everyone in and out of the College of Business can appreciate. Receiving these awards is an honor and we look forward to bringing home many more awards.”

About the WT Department of Communication

The Department of Communication has undergraduate programs in media communication and communication studies, as well as a master's program in communication. For more information about the Media Communication program within the department, please visit HERE.

About Media Minds

Media Minds is a student organization in the Paul & Virginia College of Business that provides students with content creation and marketing experience. Students work with clients from both within and outside the university to create video content to develop not only their technical production skills, but also their understanding of the marketing and promotions creative development process as a whole.