On February 6, 2014, the Iowa College Media Association declared Loras College’s LCTV Station of the Year for the fifth consecutive year. Loras College has received this honor for each of the five years it has been offered. Evaluation criteria to the collegiate television program include categories from newscasts and sportscasts to documentaries and experimental video. Loras claimed a total of 26 awards in the student television and multimedia competitions. Many were for LCTV’s news and sports productions, but the spotlight also shined on student film and creative productions. In fact, Loras swept the Experimental Video category, and came close to sweeping the categories for Short Film and Short Documentary.
“For our students to be recognized as the top collegiate television station for five consecutive years is a testament to their commitment to producing outstanding programs, as well as their tireless work ethic. In that sense, they earn all the accolades they receive as their dedication to their craft is inspirational. I couldn’t be more proud of them,” said Media Studies Professor Craig Schaefer (‘89).
The Iowa College Media Association also recognized Schaefer with the 2013 John Eighmey Service Award. The award was established in 2003 to recognize individuals who advance journalism education in Iowa.
“It would be difficult to find a more deserving recipient of the Eighmey award than Craig Schaefer,” said Kate Berning (‘09), coordinator of media operations at Loras College. “His passion for storytelling is obvious and he has inspired countless students over the course of his career. I can honestly say that I would not be the person I am today if he had not been my advisor and mentor – and I know nearly every student who has been fortunate enough to learn from Craig would say the same.”