University's Media Minds Wins 10 Telly Awards

June 5, 2018

CONTACT:    Dr. Heidi Huntington, 806-651-2765,

University’s Media Minds Wins 10 Telly Awards


CANYON, Texas—Media Minds at West Texas A&M University has won 10 Bronze awards across five categories at the 39th annual Telly Awards. These industry awards are judged by industry leaders and recognize excellence in video production in the multi-screen era. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television and cable companies and corporate video departments in the world.

"Media Minds at WTAMU is pushing the boundaries for video and television innovation and creativity at a time when the industry is rapidly changing" Sabrina Dridje, managing director of the Telly Awards, said.

The 10 awards earned by Media Minds in the 2018 competition were divided among seven different videos. A selection of the group’s award-winning videos can be viewed in a playlist on the West Texas A&M Engler College of Business YouTube page,

"For our students’ work to be recognized by industry leaders in this way highlights both the dedication of our students and the caliber of their education here in the WTAMU Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business," Dr. Heidi Huntington, assistant professor of business communication and faculty co-adviser for Media Minds, said. "It is truly an honor."

The winning videos are listed by title and category.

• "Welcome to the Paul & Virginia Engler College of Business" won two Bronze awards, one each in the NonBroadcast/Student and the Marketing/Schools-Colleges-Universities categories. This video highlights the renaming of the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business as a result of the largest gift in the University’s history from the Paul F. and Virgina J. Engler Foundation.

• "Paul & Virginia Engler College of Business Study Abroad 2017: Online Students" and "Paul & Virginia Engler College of Business Study Abroad 2017" also each won two awards, both in the NonBroadcast/Student and NonBroadcast/Educational Institution categories. These two videos highlight experiences of students participating in the 2017 study abroad program offered by the Engler College of Business.

• "Graduate Program Pipeline at WTAMU Promo" won in the NonBroadcast/Student category. This video promotes a pipeline to graduate studies agreement with Texas A&M University, which enhances opportunities for WTAMU students who wish to pursue graduate studies in programs not specifically offered at WTAMU.

• "Faces of the Paul & Virginia Engler College of Business" won in the NonBroadcast/Educational Institution category. This video highlights the diversity of students and faculty within the Engler College of Business.

• "HC Fitness Promo" won in the Marketing/Student category and "Scout Software Promotional" won in the Marketing/Low Budget category. Both of these videos were created for the web to promote small businesses in Amarillo.

Students involved in the production of one or more of these videos are listed by hometown and area of study.

Emily Gallaway-B.B.A. management
J. Roman Gray—B.B.A. marketing
Ethan Nguyen-B.B.A. general business

Trevor Fleeman-B.B.A. computer information systems


About Media Minds

Media Minds is a student organization in the Paul and Virginia College of Business that provides students with content creation and emerging media management experience. Students work with clients from both within and outside the university to create promotional 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. Drs. Heidi Huntington and Yafei Zhang of the College of Business serve as faculty advisers. Since 2015, Media Minds has brought home a total of 40 Telly Awards.


About the Telly Awards

The Telly Awards is the premiere award honoring video and television across all screens. Established in 1979, The Telly Awards receives over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents. Entrants are judged by The Telly Awards Judging Council—an industry body of over 200 leading experts including advertising agencies, production companies and major television networks, reflective of the multiscreen industry The Telly Awards celebrates. Partners of The Telly Awards include NAB, StudioDaily, Stash Magazine and Digiday.