Students from Rend Lake College and Mt. Vernon Township High School have joined forces with two public television stations to produce multimedia essays for a PBS special centering on cultural identity. RLC will host a special screening of "My Journey Home" next week.
WSIU-TV 8 and WUSI-TV 16, the public television stations of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC) and SIUC’s College of Mass Communication and Media Arts (CMCMA), are sponsoring a special screening of clips from "My Journey Home." This is an opportunity to view multimedia essays created by Rend Lake College and MVTHS students, who used various media to explore their cultural identities. The event will be held on Wednesday, April 7 from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Learning Resource Center at Rend Lake College in Ina. The event is free and open to the public.
Students who submitted multimedia essays include:
**Sejal Patel, a 16-year-old student from Mt. Vernon, who documented her life in America as an Asian-Indian student;
**Eric Jones and Melissa Karnes, Rend Lake College students from Bluford who captured the story of Kim Hong Won of Korea and his family, who live in Benton;
**Larry Williams of Mt. Vernon, Zoology Professor and photography student at RLC, who created a photographic essay of the Protection of the Virgin Mary Church, a 90-year-old Russian Eastern Orthodox Church in Royalton.
The top essays will be sent to a national competition sponsored by public television station WETA, producers of "My Journey Home," in Washington, DC. It is a program that traverses our conflicted, cultural landscape through the perspectives of new American voices and will air on WSIU Television on Wednesday, April 7 from 8-10pm.
The local "My Journey Home" multimedia project is a pilot project made possible by a media literacy outreach grant from WETA. The grant is designed to encourage high school and community college students to study media arts. WSIU Television was one of only ten grant recipients nationwide to receive the funding to conduct media projects on immigration and diversity themes this spring.
Dayna Hartley, a CMCMA graduate student from Centralia and part-time photography instructor at Rend Lake College, acted as project manager for the local "My Journey Home" project. Gary Kolb, Associate Dean of CMCMA, Director of SIUC’s new Media Center and a professor in the Cinema and Photography Department, supervised the project along with Clare Mitchell, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs.