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SUNY Canton Faculty Member Wins Prestigious Media Arts Award

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Kamal TurnerKamal A. Turner, an instructional support assistant and adjunct faculty member who teaches in SUNY Canton’s Graphic and Multimedia Design Program, has received a scriptwriting award from the Broadcast Education Association (BEA).

Turner submitted his short-film script titled “One Awkward Ride” to BEA’s annual Festival Of Media Arts competition, which recognizes faculty and student creative excellence. The contest is open to all BEA members, and categories range from sports and news broadcasting to documentary video production. More than 175 colleges and universities submitted entries this year.

Turner’s script earned a Best of Competition award in the short subject/TV half-hour category. The story’s main characters are students who, through a series of misfortunate events, are forced into uncomfortable situations.

“The story is very loosely based on my experiences in college,” Turner said. “We’ve all been in socially awkward situations, and I wanted this script to explore that.”

Turner has written scripts in the past, and he previously acted in and served as an assistant director for the movie “Dissection of an Olive,” which was written and directed by SUNY Canton Adjunct Instructor Summer Dorr. Most recently, he served as a production assistant for the television show pilot episode for “ZBURG,” which was co-created by TV and film actor Mark Valley and Ethan Henry.

The BEA awards are presented during their annual convention in April. View a list of all this year’s BEA award winners.


About BEA 

The Broadcast Education Association (BEA) is the premiere international academic media organization, driving insights, excellence in media production, and career advancement for educators, students, and professionals. There are currently more than 2,500 individual and institutional members worldwide. Membership is free for college students. Visit for more information.


About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.