University of New Haven students took third place in a contest to develop public service announcements to reinforce the dangers of underage drinking. The award, given by the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of Connecticut, was announced at a ceremony on the UNH campus April 26, 2011.
The three winning 30-second PSAs were chosen from submissions by 32 teams from eight Connecticut universities. The “Charger Production” team included An Guo, Morgan Kotnick, Hannah Nicklas, Elizabeth Russell and Livingston Steele. The team was advised by UNH Director of Instructional and Institutional Media Paul Falcone.
The awards ceremony was held in Bartels Hall. UNH forensic scientist Henry Lee provided the keynote address. UNH Vice President of Student Affairs Margaret Jablonski welcomed guests including U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal. Judges for the competition included Emma Asante, community partnership director of NBC Connecticut; former Commissioner of the Conn. Department of Consumer Protection Jerry Farrell Jr.; Dianne Harnad of the Conn. Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services; Professor Carolyn Lin of the Department of Communication Sciences at the University of Connecticut; WFSB newscaster Eric Parker; Rep. Lonnie Reed of the Conn. State House of Representatives; Jil Spineti of the Governor’s Prevention Partnership; Jay Sloves of the advertising firm Elkinson + Sloves, and Lt. J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police.