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Faculty Member Selected for Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Fellowship

November 13, 2013

Tompkins Cortland Community College faculty member Christine Guest has been selected for a prestigious fellowship through the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation, the charitable arm of the organization that administers the Emmy Awards. Guest, an assistant professor of communication and media arts, was one of just twenty faculty members nationwide chosen by a selection committee to come to Los Angeles for five days of discussions, presentations, and interactions with major studios, production companies, the networks, and their top production and programming people. The seminar, which is paid for by the Foundation, is November 11-15.

Guest is the only community college faculty member nationwide chosen and one of just two from New York (Rebecca Taylor of Siena College being the other). “I am honored to be selected as one of this year's fellows. It is a privilege to collaborate with such well-respected faculty from colleges and universities across the country,” said Guest. “I am excited to learn new industry secrets and techniques that I can share with my students. I hope this will also open more paths for employment for our graduates.”

The fellowship will also give Guest the chance to network in the heart of the film and TV industry, which she says will pay dividends for her students. “This opportunity will give students even more access through the Hollywood course here at Tompkins Cortland,” she said. The College’s popular “Film & TV Research On Location: Hollywood” course, which is led by Guest, includes a trip to Hollywood, where Tompkins Cortland students are given the chance to learn, and sometimes work, behind the scenes of some of TV’s biggest shows and on the sets of major film studios. While in California for the seminar, Guest will visit with former students working in the field, thanks in part to their participation in the Hollywood class and the connections they made while students at Tompkins Cortland.