April 27, 2016

Cinema and Photography students recognized

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill.  – Twelve outstanding students in Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Department of Cinema and Photography recently earned scholarships and received awards. The awards were presented during Honors Day ceremonies earlier this month in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts.

Here is a list of scholarship winners, by hometown.  Where available, the listing contains the winner’s name, year in school, major, scholarship name, the amount, and a bit of background on the award.


  • Bloomington: Amanda Neuhouser, junior, photography. Lilly Boruszkowski Outstanding Female Cinema Student Award, $300. The award honors professor and filmmaker Lilly Boruszkowski, who taught film production, documentary production and advanced editing. Boruszkowski retired in 2012.
  • Bloomington: Claire Satkamp, junior, cinema. New Media Production Award, certificate. The award goes to the most outstanding student in the area of New Media.
  • Bloomington: Evan Swiech, senior, cinema. Cinema Outstanding Senior Award, $300. The award is presented to overall best student in filmmaking.
  • Carbondale: Joseph Burrow, junior, cinema. Loren Cocking Animation Award, $100.  Established in honor of Loren Cocking, who taught film production and animation courses at the university from 1976 through 2002, the award goes to an outstanding student filmmaker for accomplishment in animation the past year.
  • Carterville: Laura Tate, sophomore, cinema. Most Promising New Cinema Student Award, certificate. Created by the Department of Cinema and Photography, the award recognizes the department’s most outstanding first-year student.
  • Crest Hill: Wade Stofko, senior, photography. Charles Swedlund Award, $500. Sponsored by alumni, the award honors Professor Charles Swedlund, who taught at SIU Carbondale for 29 years, and was highly regarded by students in the areas of experimental and non-silver photography. 
  • Farina: Zachary Spencer, senior, photography. Robert “Rip” Stokes Photography Award, $1,000. The award honors Stokes, an Anna native and U.S. Army Air Force World War II veteran, who passed away in 2015. Stokes served as university photographer and director of then-Photo Services; many of his photos of SIU Carbondale and the region were published nationwide, and he was the first non-athlete inducted into the SIU Athletic Hall of Fame.
  • Lawrenceville/St. Francisville: Zachary Green, senior, cinema. Robert Dennis Filmmaking Award. The award honors noted cinema and photography alumnus Robert Dennis, who has served as director of sales and marketing at CFI, a major film lab in Hollywood specializing in large format motion picture film.  The award goes to an outstanding student in cinematography whose work is an outstanding creative expression of vision through the use of light. 
  • Macomb: Aaron Sandage Knop, senior, double major specialization in cinema and photography, Kodak Imaging Award, $1,000. Sponsored by Eastman Kodak Co., the award recognizes and encourages the best all-around photography major student who is a graduating senior. Award criteria include GPA, photo coursework, portfolio review, creative and technical ability, initiative, extracurricular activity, communications ability, leadership ability and faculty recommendations. 
  • Marion: Nisha Margrum, junior, photography, David A. Gilmore Award, $500. Sponsored by alumni, the award honors David Gilmore, who taught at SIU Carbondale for 31 years, and was highly regarded for documentary photography and sensitometry.
  • Rochester: Aja Garman, sophomore, cinema, Cinema Outstanding Scholar Award, $100. The award is presented to a student who has excelled in film history, theory and criticism.
  • Wheaton: Joshua Davis, senior, photography. C. William  Horrell Memorial Award, $200. The award honors C. William Horrell, long-time faculty member and photography program founder. Presented to an outstanding student for accomplishment in documentary photography and/or photojournalism in the past year.