Island University’s SAMC Award Ceremony Showcases Artistic Student Talent

Published: April 17, 2017

Island University’s SAMC Award Ceremony Showcases Artistic Student Talent

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will be showcasing student talent at the fifth annual School of Arts, Media and Communication (SAMC) Awards Ceremony. The SAMC Awards recognizes the talent of students within the communication, media, art, design, music, theatre and dance disciplines. The event will take place Sunday, April 30 at the Performing Arts Center. The reception starts at 6 p.m., followed by the ceremony at 7 p.m. Both are free and open to the public.

“We have an amazing array of artistic talent at the Island University,” said Dr. Diana Sipes, Associate Dean of SAMC at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “The SAMC Awards is a chance for the students to show off what they accomplished to each other, to the faculty and community members.”

The SAMC Awards can be an eye-opening experience for some attendees. Often, students may not know what other departments are creating. Even the local community may be unaware of up-and-coming local talent. By welcoming everyone to attend, there is greater opportunity to experience artistic creations.

 “Going to the SAMC Awards can be like going to an art gallery or play by chance. An attendee will never know when they will stumble onto an unexpected passion,” said Dr. Mark Hartlaub, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at A&M-Corpus Christi. “We’re excited to see all the performances.”

Each department gives out eight to ten awards to students in different categories. One of this year’s winners is Bevan Moody, a graduating senior in music performance. Moody received his second “Excellence in Performance” award. This award is given to students who take their instrumental abilities to the next level. During spring break, Moody won recognition by becoming a finalist at a national trombone competition in Washington, D.C.

“It’s always a great pleasure to perform for others,” said Moody. “I like playing and having the audience feel what I’m feeling through music. For me, it’s an emotional thing.”

In addition to a night of recognition and celebration, the honorees receive a framed certificate and a graduation cord. The SAMC Awards started in 2013 thanks to Dr. Christopher Markwood. Since then, the awards continue to grow and bring student talent to the center stage. For more information, visit the SAMC Facebook page.