Loras Media Studies Earns 14th Consecutive ICMA Excellence Award

Loras College media studies students earned 22 awards over 12 categories in the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA) Awards on Thursday, February 2, including Outstanding Video Excellence for the fourteenth consecutive year.

Loras students won more awards than any other college or university in Iowa. In total, 23 Loras students earned awards for their work in various formats, including news broadcasts, documentaries and short films. 

“We have tremendously, talented and hard-working students in the program,” Craig Schaefer (’89), professor of media studies, said. “They are dedicated to producing content with real impact.  To be recognized as the best in Iowa is testament to that. We are incredibly proud of what the create.”

The Outstanding Video Excellence award is the highest recognition the ICMA can confer upon any of Iowa’s college and university television/video programs.

The ICMA includes seventeen colleges and universities in Iowa committed to excellence in media education. It’s open to all students, faculty, staff and advisors involved in higher education.

Here is a complete list of winners:



Best Entertainment Storytelling Video Package

1st Place – Loras College – The Love Project   Hope Ehling (’22), Marion Edwards (’22)            

3rd Place – Loras College – DU IT.    Emily Surma (’24)

Best News-Public Affairs-Sports Reporting Video Package

1st Place – Loras College – The Lute    Matt Williams (’23)

Best Video Sportscasting

1st Place – Loras College – Loras Men’s VB vs. Augustana      Adam Rodriguez (’24) & Sara Hoskins (’24)

Best Short Video Documentary

2nd Place – Loras College – Witness   Grace Henrich (’23) & Alexis Riesberg (’23)

3rd Place – Loras College – It’s Just Hockey    Josh Payan (’23) & Olivia DeVriese (’23)                            

Best Long Video Documentary 

1st Place – Loras College – Dancer’s Monologue: The Cat and Mouse Game      Marion Edwards            

3rd Place – Loras College El Principe Azul      Matt Williams & Juan Luna (’23)

Best Video Promo-PSA 

1st Place – Loras College – On the Move with Rowdy EnergyAlexis Riesberg            

2nd Place – Loras College – Everyone Craves It: Cherry Coke     Emily Surma & Libby Perry (’24)        

Hon. Mention – Loras College –  Not A Luxury     Matty Smith (’22) 

Best Experimental Video

1st Place – Loras College – Annunciation   Grace Henrich

2nd Place – Loras College – Maybe…   Artie Kerchmar (’25)

Hon. Mention – Loras College – A Text Away    Emily Surma & Libby Perry             

Best Corporate Video

1st Place – Loras College – The Rise    Nate Kaiser (’22)

3rd Place – Loras College – Lynch Learning Resource Center     Nora Carr (’22)

Best Short Film

1st Place – Loras College – Alice  Matt Williams  

3rd Place – Loras College –The Facility   Timothy Tindle (’22), Ramsey Schultz (’22), Josh Vogt (’22)

Best Video Newscast

Hon. Mention – Loras College – Inside The Lines    Hugh Molony (’24), EJ Greenberg (’23), Connor Tuohy (’23)

Best Video News Programming  

3rd Place – Loras College – Please Introduce Yourself   Matt Um (’22)

Hon. Mention – Loras CollegeOn The Media     Media & Society class project – Prof. Mederson

Best Variety-Music- Comedy Video programming

Hon. Mention – Loras CollegeNeed Milk?    Intro TV Production class project – Prof. Schaefer