Communication students win several national awards in New York City

Goshen College’s broadcast and film production students recently received multiple awards from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) and the Broadcast Education Association (BEA), including eight first-place honors.

Intercollegiate Broadcasting System awards

Over March 1-2, 12 students and two faculty members journeyed to the 85th annual IBS Convention in New York City. The event culminated in an awards ceremony where Goshen College, nominated for 23 awards, secured five wins.

Jason Samuel presents his opening remarks at the IBS annual conference in New York City.

“The culture of excellence runs deep within the Communication Department,” said Jason Samuel, associate professor of communication and general manager for The Globe. “Whether it’s one of the many awards, scholarships or appointments, Goshen College students are consistently honored as some of the best and most talented storytellers in college broadcasting.”

Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts awards

Dante Stanton receives an award at the IBS conference in New York City.

In late February, the Broadcast Education Association announced its Festival of Media Arts award recipients and scholarship winners. Goshen College garnered 11 recognitions, including three first-place titles.

Alyssa McDonald, a junior broadcasting major from Salt Lake City, was awarded the prestigious BEA Founders Scholarship, one of only 11 students nationwide to receive a scholarship from the association.

“I am honored to receive this scholarship and I’m so thankful that I’ve had amazing mentors and friends that have helped me to develop my skills and become a better communicator and broadcaster,” said McDonald. “I look forward to using this scholarship to continue my education and hone my skills over the course of me next year at Goshen.”

Amelia Lee posing with an award.

91.1 The Globe finished second in a bid for the association’s Signature Station Award, a testament to its status as one of the country’s premier college radio stations. This is the station’s second runner-up selection to go along with an honorable mention and the overall award in 2017.

The award festival will take place April 13-16 in Las Vegas. Senior Dante Stanton was selected as one of only four students to serve as a multimedia journalist for the event. He will create daily content covering the conference.

Tyson Miller speaking on the panel.

“I’m truly honored to be awarded the MMJ position from the Broadcast Education Association,” said Stanton. “It’s an experience I’m eagerly looking forward to, and the generosity of the BEA has gone a long way toward shaping my collegiate career.”

The Communication Department’s consistent success in state and national competitions over the past decade has elevated expectations. The recent accolades serve as further validation of the department’s commitment to excellence.

Students are being recognized for their work with co-curricular programs in the Communication Department: the college’s radio station, 91.1 The Globe, GlobeTV and video production company, FiveCore Media.

Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Media Awards:

  • Amelia Lee, a senior broadcasting major from Fort Wayne, Indiana won Best News Report and Best Morning Show, (along with Alyssa McDonald, a junior broadcasting major from Salt Lake City and Collin Echols, a junior broadcasting major from Indianapolis). She was nominated for Best On Air Personality, Most Creative/Innovative Show (along with McDonald, Jennifer Murrell, a junior communication major from Mishawaka, Indiana and Kate Bodiker, a sophomore communication and writing double major from Berlin, Ohio), and Best News Promo (along with McDonald).
  • McDonald was nominated for Best Audio Newscast and Best Video Newscast (along with Bodiker.
  • Murrell was also nominated for Best Public Service Announcement.
  • Collin Echols was nominated for Best Sports Update and Best Sports Play-By-Play Broadcast along with Cormac Koop Liechty, a junior broadcasting major from Goshen, Indiana.
  • Koop Liechty was also nominated for Best Sports Play-By-Play (Other).
  • Dante Stanton, a senior broadcasting major from Elkhart, Indiana won Best Political News Coverage and was nominated for Best Underwriting Spot and Best Sports Play-By-Play (Men’s Basketball).
  • The Globe Staff won first place for Best Social Media Account and are national finalists for Best On-Air Pledge Drive, Best Phone App, and Best College/University Radio Station (under 10,000 students). This is the 12th time The Globe has been named a national finalist for best college radio station.
  • Silas Immanuel, a junior film production and accounting double major from New Delhi, India won Best Use of Graphics and was a finalist for Best Program Promotion.

Len Mailloux IBS Student Management Awards National Finalists:

  • Amelia Lee, Best Student Station Manager, Radio
  • Dante Stanton, Best Student Station Manager, Television
  • Kyle Hufford, Best Faculty Advisor, Television

Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts Awards:

  • Silas Immanuel, award of excellence, Short-Form Documentary
  • Seth Smith Kauffman, a junior communication major from Goshen, Indiana, third place, Live-to-Tape Multi-Camera Studio or Remote Production
  • Court Templeton, a 2023 graduate from St. Louis, first place Live-to-Tape Multi-Camera Studio or Remote Production
  • Joshua Garcia, a senior film production major from Elkhart, Indiana, Jackson Steinmetz, a 2023 graduate from Bluffton, Ohio, and Sarah Lopez Ramirez, a senior film production major from South Bend, Indiana, award of excellence, Narrative Spot.
  • Kate Bodiker and Lily Herrera, third place, Radio Newscast
  • Dante Stanton, first place, Audio Sports Story/Feature/News and second place, Television Short Feature News Reporting
  • Amelia Lee, award of excellence, On-Air Personality
  • Mike Murrell, first place, On-Air Personality
  • Amelia Lee, Collin Echols, Alyssa McDonald, award of excellence, Specialty Program
  • Jennifer Murrell, third place, Specialty Program

About The Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Awards: Intercollegiate Broadcasting System is an organization with a membership of over one thousand non-profit, education-affiliated radio stations and webcasters. Founded in 1940, IBS is headquartered in New Windsor, New York, with a legal office in Washington, D.C.

About the Broadcast Education Association: The Broadcast Education Association (BEA) is the premiere international academic media organization, driving insights, excellence in media production, and career advancement for educators, students, and professionals.  There are currently more than 2,500 individual and institutional members worldwide.

The BEA Festival of Media Arts is an international refereed exhibition of faculty creative activities and a national showcase for student work. The Festival provides a venue for exhibition of winning submissions, including recognition of project authors, through showcase and awards sessions held during BEA’s annual convention in Las Vegas. The Festival seeks to enhance and extend creative activities, teaching, and professional standards in broadcasting and other forms of electronically mediated communication. Visit for more information.

The Goshen College Communication Department has been recognized in the state and nation for its excellence in broadcasting, journalism, speech, film production and writing. The department has been named Indiana TV and Radio school of the year multiple times, Best College Radio station in the nation twice, Indiana Broadcasters Association Best Radio Station, Best College Newspaper in the state and many more. Students from Goshen College’s Communication Program get hands-on learning opportunities with the department’s co-curriculars like, The Record, PRSSA, WGCS 91.1 The Globe, FiveCore Media and Globe TV. To learn more visit