Three SU Abroad alumni have made waves in the film industry recently. Adriana Gonzales-Vega, a graduate of SU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, and an alumni of the World Partner film program at FAMU in Prague, was accepted with full scholarship into the prestigious MFA program of the American Film Institute in LA. Her senior thesis film, “Frente al Mar (Oceanfront),” recently won several prizes, including Best Student Film at Carmel Art & Film Festival 2012; Best Actress at the Puerto Rico International Short Film Festival; Award of Merit in Short Film Category, at Women Independent Film Festival 2012; and it was in the official selections of the Montreal World Film Festival 2012; Chicago International Social Change Film Festival 2012; and the Boston Latino International Film Festival 2012, among others.
At the end of 2012, Hillary Reitman, a 2007 alumni of our London program, was accepted into the MSc graduate program for Higher Education at Oxford University, England. Hillary is researching the connection between study abroad and student academic performance to see if time spent abroad both increases cross-cultural understanding and sharpens the students’ focus on their area of study.
Yet another abroad alum with a film background experienced recent successes. Stephen Darby, who is also an alum of the SU Abroad world partner program in Prague, had his FAMU film “Stejne Jako Ja (Just Like Me)” accepted to a variety of film festivals, and won awards in two of them.
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