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2022 UCSB FILM AND MEDIA STUDIES GRADUATION RECOGNITION CEREMONY
June 12 @ 11:00 am - September 29 @ 12:30 pm
Edited by Keith Boynton, and Chris Jenkins, graphics Dana Welch
Special Thanks to Acting Dean Mary Hancock, Tom Lazarus and Michael Siegel
Graduation Recognition Ceremony
June 12, 2022
Wishing You Success in the Future
Welcoming Remarks & Departmental Address
Peter Bloom Department Chair
Presentation of Awards:
The Alexander Sesonske Prize: Presented by Charles Wolfe
Recognizes writing and research capacity for student essays about film, television, and digital history, theory and criticism. The award is named after one of the founders of our department.
Karina Rodriguez, “The Pandemic Pause-Button: Stop and Smell the Distractions”
The Paul N. and Elinor T. Lazarus Scholarship: Presented by James McNamara
Fosters the development of a student’s focus on writing for the screen. Award was established in memory of Paul Lazarus who taught screenwriting at UCSB for over 20 years. Many of his former students have gone on to write, produce, and direct major Hollywood films and television shows. It is open to Film and Media majors in their junior year. The scholarship recipient spends their senior year working in connection with an instructor to develop a new film or television screenplay.
Javier Barajas Noah Hecht Rowan Oliphant
The Dorothy and Sherrill C. Corwin Awards: Presented by Cristina Venegas
For the last 40 years, the Corwin Family and the Metropolitan Theatres Corporation have generously funded this award recognizing the creative talent of UCSB students in screenwriting and production.
Best Feature Screenplay (Tie First Place):
“It Might be Too Late” by Loreena Miquez
“Follow Me” by Katie Jordan
Best Short Screenplay:
“Alien Encounter” by Audrey Sherev
Best Short Film:
“Fatherhood” produced by Peter Figueira
“Just One Yesterday” produced by Mason Scot Campbell
Best Director Award: Presented by Laila Sherreen Sakr
Recognizes directing in student projects created during the academic year. Award is made possible by a donation from the Scott Wells Memorial Foundation. Scott was a Film and Media Studies alumni who passed away in 2012.
Brie Peterson for Lady Scout Cookies
David F. Siegel Award: Presented by Michael Siegel
Recognizes the memory of one of our alumni who lost his battle with Leukemia just a month prior to graduation. As a student, David made every effort to put energy into his classes while he was healthy. His determination in the face of his illness has inspired this award and it recognizes graduating seniors in the Film and Media department who have shown “exceptional drive, tenacity, and courage in the face of adversity.”
The Spirit Award: Presented by Joe Palladino
Recognizes a student who embodies the dynamic spirit essential to the collaborative environment of the department; their enthusiasm, generosity, and initiative while working for the department, the Pollock Theater, and department student clubs.
Katherine Fogg Karina Rodriguez Mason Scot Campbell
Graduate Student Accomplishments: Presented by Professor Ross Melnick
Sarah Lerner Kajsa Philippa Niehusen
Distinction in Critical Studies: Presented by Constance Penley
Recognizes a student’s achievement in critical thinking, analysis, and writing.
Andrew Hansen Sage Hinsley Stephanie Lopez
Mason Scot Campbell Marcello Frisina Oswin Qi
Outstanding Graduating Seniors: Presented by Greg Siegel
Recognizes student’s overall academic achievements across critical studies and production as well as their contributions to the life of the department. We acknowledge students who are active, prepared, versatile, and involved in at least one other activity outside the classroom.
Karl-Erik Mills Katherine Fogg Lana Danzeisen Karina Rodriguez Michael Tran Jon Peter Lewis Samantha Abajian Katherine Swartz
Class of 2021: presented by Ross Melnick
2021-2022 Film & Media Studies Seniors
Samantha Maria Abaijan Christian A. Aceves Lily Kameaiomakamae Aiwohi Romar Mejia Alog Elyse Josie Alves Colin Anderson Ethan Scott Archer Michele Aristy Jeremy Evan Baker Catherine Folz Ballantyne Robin Hill Baptista Sierra Rochelle Barton Kiley Madison Beard River Beaune Megan Rae Becker Josh Michael Bockholt Nalie Erin Borihane Max Brown Tallulah Lynn Bryant Taylor Ann Burke Charlie Bursch Evan Benjamin Cacatian Rodrigo Isaac Calderon Mason Scot Campbell Julius Bartholomew Cesarani Oliver Alfredo Chavez Alex Chen Kevin Chen Diane Hyun Choung Matthew Byron Cinnamon Hollie Renee Collins Yuyao Cong Catherine Mary Conmy Leia Cumpson Alexander Motonari Daijo Lana Rose Danzeisen Tanner John Demain Emma Katherine Dezarn Angel Francisco Diaz Daryl Cachapero Donato Casey Marlon Donlan Kavir Ashnil Doty Shevoni Lata Dula Jordyn Michele Dunn Max Maximilian Echegaray Lauren Olivia Victoria Enslin Adam Thaddeus Fagenson Amrylois Barras Ferido Peter Frank Figueira Kate Elaine Fogg Marcello P. Frisina Nicholas Sterling Gamber Molly McCardle Goldstein Karina De Los An Gomez Salazar Jiahong Guo Margaux Marie Hakkaart Andrew Burke Christuan Hansen Sarah Whitfield Hansen Hannah Lizeth Herrera Trevor Arthur Hewitt Sage Marie Hinsley Ben Chet Holland Scarlett Huang Mateo Andrew Huerta Javier Iniguez Jr. Faith Catherine Ishiwata Lucas Daniel Jackson Jazmin Jacobo Sidney Jiang Marina Jean Jones Alex Nicholas Kaminski Beau Karnsrithong Sasha Karsten Steffanie Arianna Klepper Jessica Kuo Kim Kwok Bella Lee Qi Leng Ari Ezra Levenson Jon Peter Lewis Yuzhong Li Tiffany Liang Josie Liu Ily Nicholette Logeais Stephanie Ann Lopez Nicholas Ryan Lukens Lola Christine Macaulay Vidhisha Mahesh Anna Stefanos Makris Liz Michelle Maldonado Paolo Rockett Marchi Karina Marquez Lucy Abigail Massam Zac Pedrito McGlynn Elvis Ernesto Menjivar Loreena Fernandez Miguez Karl-Erik Mills Cameron Ashton Montesanto Karina Morales Darby James Naughton Alex Bronte Newe Jake Eric Newman Jingjing Nie Esteban Nillo Sanchez Eric William Nissen Gabriel Francis Xavier O’Brien Ethan Yehun Oh Elohor Stephanie Ojose Gracie Marie Olivares Cynthia Thi On Katie M. Osaki Fabian Oseguera Dylan Sweet Overboe Julie Hyori Pak Alie Antoniete Paolino-Du Bois Saul Eduardo Perez Escobedo Hayley Nicole Pickard Aileen Mariana Pulchny Michelle Qi Oswin Yiyuan Qi Izzy Qu Michelle Thuy Quach Seth Ragonese Alyssa Cachet Ramirez Marisol Estrella Ramirez Miles J. Ramsdell-Ray Allison Grace Reberg Kristi Jiyoon Rho Karina Rodriguez Odalis Guadalupe Rojo-Perez Christian G. Ross Rachel Kathleen Russell Angie Nataly Sanchez Arianna Justine Sanchez Lupita Santoyo Medina Seth T. Saunooke Jacob Nicholas Schwebke Jack Wyatt Scotti Carlos Daniel Serrano Denise Isabel Shapiro Diego Silva Ethan Sim Joshua Robert Sober Emerson David Stewart Eros Kai Surya Sam Foley Swanson Katherine Viola Swartz Jackie Tapia Leanne Janette Tarrab Alyssa Marie Tinoco Magan Thuy My Tran Marlene Tran Michael Le Tran Kelsey Lane Tynes Aubrey Rodriguez Valerio Jr. Itzel Vargas Gonzalez Natalie Vong Brendan Anthony Webb Reece Elias Weinberg Jack Malcolm Wolff Zixuan Xie Rexye Ye Joo Yeon Yoo Hao T. Yu Qingzhu Zhao Zoe Zhao Yuyao Zhao
Photos from the Graduation Ceremony