Last spring, more than a dozen UMass Boston students took out their Flip cameras, cell phones, and camcorders, and made their way around campus break dancing, animating collages, jumping rope, and interviewing their fellow students, all for a chance to win the My UMass Boston Student Video Contest.
The university launched the contest last year as a way to get students thinking about what makes UMass Boston special to them.
And it was such a success that the My UMass Boston Student Video Contest is back again this year.
The contest rules are simple: Students have 30 seconds to showcase the university in their own unique way. Last year's winning videos are posted on the UMass Boston YouTube Channel.
Winning entries receive prizes, and will be featured on the big screens at Commencement 2011 and posted on the UMass Boston website. Prizes are as follows:
- First place: $400
- Second place: $300
- Third place: $200
- Honorable mention: $100
American Studies graduate student Anastasia Karelina, a Fulbright Scholar from Russia, won first prize in last year’s contest with her animated take on what UMass Boston has meant to her. Besides her video airing at commencement, both Chancellor J. Keith Motley and keynote speaker Victoria Reggie Kennedy, widow of the late U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy, acknowledged Karelina during their addresses.
"Anastasia’s creative production captures the essence of what’s good about this great school – it’s where dreams come true and opportunities abound and students have choices and prepare for bright futures," Kennedy said. "My husband would have loved Anastasia’s video, because it captures what he felt about UMass Boston."