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Libraries present undergraduate multimedia awards; Wed. April 18th

Photo of Billie Jean King
Photo of Billie Jean King
Tamiyah holding infant
Photo of Tamiyah Yancey with her niece Teagan Marie.

The Rutgers University Libraries invite members of the Rutgers community and the general public to attend the 2nd annual Celebrating Creativity event, at which the Libraries will present the 2012 Margery Somers Foster Undergraduate Multimedia Awards. The Celebrating Creativity event will be held on Wednesday April 18th, starting at 3:00 pm, in the Mabel Smith Douglass Library on the Douglass campus. A reception will follow the presentation of the awards to the 2012 recipients.

The undergraduate multimedia award acknowledges the creative use of university library collections in the production of a multimedia-based research project focused on women's or gender issues.

The Libraries are pleased to recognize the two award recipients:

Rebecca Granet, a junior in the School of Arts and Sciences with a major in Journalism and Media Studies and a minor in human resources management, won the award for her project "Answering the Call," a documentary based on an interview with Billie Jean King. It was created through the Institute for Women's Leadership Transforming Lives Project and Writer's House, English Department.

Tamiyah Yancey, a senior in the School of Arts and Sciences with a major in Journalism and Media Studies and minors in Africana Studies and Cinema Studies, won the award for her project "Teagan Marie" that focuses on her biracial niece. The intimate documentary explores Teagan's rich legacy, one in Ireland where her father's family originates and in the American south and Africa, the roots of her mother's and the filmaker's family.

At the event the Libraries will also recognize two 'honorary mention' recipients;

Colleen Pictor, a senior in the Mason Gross School School of the Arts, with a major in Dance and minor in economics, will be recognized for her project "Becoming Gipsy: Preformed misrepresentations of Romani people." "Becoming Gypsy" is an SAS Honors Program Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis and Creative Capstone Project consisting of oral history of the Romani from Upstate New York combined with performance.

The group of Julianna Abdallah, Lauren Mateo, Sabell Mena, and Sarah Stern - all students in the School of Arts and Sciences - will be recognized for their video titled "Standing Up Against Bullying." The video was created as a project for the course Practicing Social Justice, offered by the Women's and Gender Studies Department.

For more information on the Celebrating Creativity event, or the undergraduate multimedia awards, please contact Kayo Denda – head of the Margery Somers Foster Center – at or by phone at 848-932-5023.

Posted April 12, 2012