CMU announces four winners of Adobe Creative Jam

Park Library in autumn on the campus of Central Michigan University on Thursday, Sept. 29.

Central Michigan University announced the winners of its Adobe Creative Jam that was held on Sept. 14 to give students, faculty and staff a crash course on Adobe Premiere Rush, a video editing software.

After the two-hour session, participants were challenged to spend the next two weeks creating a short, creative video themed "The CMU Experience." Videos could be a maximum of 60 seconds.

The following are the four winners of the Adobe Creative Jam:

Anna Diegel

Category: Novice Student Creator

Submission Title: "My Animated CMU Experience (So Far)"

Samantha Hutter

Category: Novice Student Creator, Honorable Mention

Submission Title: "My Animated CMU Experience"

Romel'O Ellis

Category: Experienced Student Creator

Submission Title: "A Month at Central"

Lisa Wilczak

Category: Novice Staff Creator

Submission Title: "My Student"

About the winners

Diegel is a freshman studying animation and game design. Her video is about her time going from Impact, to Leadership Safari and to classes in her first few weeks on campus. In CMU's press release announcing the four winners, she said it was one of the first animations she made. 

Hutter is a sophomore studying broadcast and cinematic arts and advertising. In the announcement, she said she did not think her video would win because she "felt like it didn't show CMU in a good light." The judges gave credit to her "honesty and willingness to show her true feelings and experiences."

Ellis is a junior studying computer science. The judges complemented his use of an "eclectic collection of scenarios" to highlight the CMU community. Ellis said in the press release, he often records things he sees which gave him a lot of footage to work with.

Wilczak works as a collection development specialist for CMU Libraries. She is also a parent to a CMU student, who is the subject of her video. She said her submission captures the artistic journey of Wilczak's child, from a young age to being a college student.

The competition was sponsored by many organizations including all seven CMU academic colleges, the Isabella Bank for Entrepreneurship, Adobe and other CMU offices.