SUTV, Shippensburg University’s student-run television station, was nominated for three collegiate Emmy awards over the summer from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
SU is the only university in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to be nominated this year among the college/university nominees.
“We were all just really, really, really excited and really proud because three nominations is huge for us. We normally only get nominated for one, so to have three, we were just over the moon,” said senior Isabella Marcellino, executive producer of SUTV.
Marcellino was responsible for audio and replay in “Mansfield at Shippensburg Men’s Basketball,” produced by Avery Quinn and co-produced and directed by Josh Charles. The game, first broadcasted on Pennsylvania Cable Network, is a nominee for the sports/live event category.
To be eligible for an Emmy, the three videos that were nominated had to air on SUTV before March of this year. The students then submitted their videos online and later learned of their nominations in early August.
“To be honest, I said a prayer. I was so nervous,” said senior Paige Arensmeyer, general manager of SUTV, about submitting her piece showing daily life in Gros Mangles, Haiti.
Her video “Life in Gros Mangles,” was nominated for an Emmy in the long-form category.
Arensmeyer packed her equipment and traveled abroad to Haiti with SU French professors Blandine Mitaut and Agnes Ragone in January 2017. She filmed daily life in Haiti, focusing on everything from the agriculture to cooking and cleaning.
“I feel really lucky that I got to actually experience exactly what’s in my video,” Arensmeyer said. “It’s not even about the Emmy, just that I got to go to Haiti, you know? That’s the best part. Through my documentary, I want people to know how good they have it.”
Marcellino learned of SUTV’s nominations on Twitter and excitedly called Arensmeyer, who had already prepared cards for her family and boyfriend that read, “Will you be my date to the Emmys?”
“If I didn’t get the nomination, I would have just thrown them away,” Arensmeyer said. “But I was just looking at my peers, hoping at least one of ours was nominated. It was more like, I’m hopeful for myself, but just as hopeful as I am for Marshall, and for Avery and the other people that got nominated.”
SU alumnus Marshall Keely was nominated for his piece, “Brass Camp,” in the arts and entertainment/cultural affairs category.
Keely, who also independently produced and reported his piece, focused on Brass Camp in Leonardtown, Maryland, a week-long camp for siblings of childhood cancer patients. Brass is the camp’s acronym for Brothers and Sisters. The camp is a program from non-profit Special Love Inc.
Arensmeyer equates SUTV’s success with its hard work. “We’re a small school but we did it completely student-run,” she said.
“We’re small, but we can still compete with anybody.”
Marcellino echoed Arensmeyer’s sentiments.
“I’m just so proud of my team. Just to be the executive producer and to be able to put forth all of this great work that we did and to show that this is what Ship’s all about,” she said.
If all three nominations win, this will be SUTV’s fourth, fifth and sixth awards. The SUTV students will attend the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Emmys on Oct. 13 at the Philadelphia Marriott Hotel.