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Two FSU Film School instructors honored for contributions to Florida filmmaking

Two faculty members in Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture, Television & Recording Arts, better known as the Film School, have been selected to receive awards for their contributions to the art of filmmaking in Florida. Film School filmmaker in residence and Academy Award winner Stuart Robertson was honored by Film Florida, a not-for-profit […]

FSU authors are big winners in first-ever Florida Book Awards

Members of the Florida State community have won top prizes in the First Annual Florida Book Awards. Creative Writing professors James Kimbrell and Julianna Baggott, along with former writer-in-residence Elizabeth Dewberry, former FSU President Stanley Marshall and alumnus Martin Dyckman shot to the top of the award list in the contest, which John Cole, director […]

FSU professor is nation’s ‘Art Educator of the Year’

Florida State University Professor Tom Anderson has been named higher education’s Art Educator of the Year by the National Art Education Association. That’s no surprise to his FSU art education department colleagues, who call the popular mentor to legions of doctoral students "a champion of the arts in all our lives." A widely published expert […]

FSU film students stand out in high-profile national competition

In one of the most watched and prestigious short film competitions in the country, Florida State University film students have beat out hundreds of other filmmakers to garner three of the 10 national finalist spots for the 2007 Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker’s Award. For the winning film and student, the coveted prize is worth $10,000 and […]

FSU philosopher wins grant to study how brain initiates action

Since the beginning of time, philosophers and scientists have tried to figure out exactly how the human brain propels people into mental or physical action—whether it’s scratching our heads, building a house, calculating the gratuity on a restaurant check or deciding today to put something off until tomorrow. Alfred Mele, the William H. and Lucyle […]

FSU grad pens screenplay for ‘We Are Marshall’

As a student at Florida State University, Jamie Linden read an article about an aviation catastrophe that turned into a tragedy for Marshall University of Huntington, W.Va. Linden, who was moved by the events of the 35-plus-year-old crash, researched the details and never forgot them. During his early career as a screenwriter in Los Angeles, […]

FSU history professor’s ‘Happiness’ makes New York Times ‘100 Notable Books’

Happiness: It’s what’s hot. At least, that’s what Florida State University historian Darrin M. McMahon is finding to be the case. McMahon, an associate professor of history at FSU, released his book "Happiness: A History" to stellar reviews and media fanfare earlier this year. Now, "Happiness" has earned its author even more attention as The […]

Two FSU artists win top national prize in visual arts

It is one of the premier national honors bestowed in the visual arts; now, two faculty artists from the Florida State University art department each have painted their way to a 2006 Joan Mitchell Award and the $25,000 grant that goes with it. FSU Professor Mark Messersmith and Associate Professor Lilian Garcia-Roig—both known for their […]

Winegardner’s second ‘Godfather’ book “a sequel you can’t refuse”

FSU Creative Writing Professor Mark Winegardner is drawing top reviews for "The Godfather’s Revenge," his second sequel to Mario Puzo’s "The Godfather" novels. The highly anticipated "The Godfather’s Revenge" hit shelves November 7. His earlier saga, "The Godfather Returns," became an instant best-seller after its release in fall 2004. "Winegardner got the "Godfather" assignment in […]

FSU professor receives top honor from government of France

Alec Hargreaves, director of Florida State University’s Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, has been awarded France’s top national honor. Hargreaves was named a Chevalier in the Legion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honor), an elite order created by the masterful French general and emperor Napoleon in 1802 to honor outstanding service […]

FSU spearheads first-of-its-kind ‘Florida Book Awards’

The First Annual Florida Book Awards, the most comprehensive competition of its kind ever launched in the state and an all-around celebration of the year’s best books by Sunshine State authors, is under way. Spearheaded by the Florida State University Program in American and Florida Studies, the first-of-its-kind contest is co-sponsored by more than a […]

FSU film student wins first place in international aid film contest

The Center for International Disaster Information has awarded first place in its “Lights, Camera, Action” Public Service Announcement contest to Evan McNary, a graduate student in the Florida State University College of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts—better known as the Film School. In early June, the PSA will premiere on mtvU—MTV’s 24-hour college network, […]