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ETSU students among Governor’s Challenge Podcast Tournament winners

Thursday, January 15, 2009JOHNSON CITY—The Governor’s Challenge Podcast Tournament completed tallying votes recently and announced several East Tennessee State University students among the winners.

The intercollegiate, multi-state contest integrates academic technology and encourages innovative scholarship through digital media.

The contest offered six categories. Three different areas were available, each divided into student entries and faculty entries: Features, Course Concepts, and Service Learning.

Sylvia Ponce, an ETSU senior majoring in art and design, won the student Features award.

In the student Service Learning category, first place was given to a submission created during instructor Tom Headley’s “Advanced TV Production” class by students Nicholas Mooneyhan, Gregg Brobeck, Nena Potter and Christian McKinney.

The inaugural tournament was hosted last year by ETSU, and, this year, The University of Tennessee-Martin took the reins using its iTunes U site. Students, faculty, and staff from institutions of higher learning in Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina submitted audio, video and enhanced podcasts for peer review by some 110 volunteer judges from six countries.

The tournament was made possible by Digital Media Sandbox Consortium (DMSC) and Tennessee Campus Compact. DMSC was founded in 2006 by Bob Bradley of Tennessee State University, and Karen King, ETSU’s associate vice president for eLearning and Distance Education, is its CEO.

For further information, contact Dr. David Currie in the ETSU Office of eLearning at (423) 439-6457 or


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