Local Artist Honored for Sparking Students’ Passion for Media

 Selam Bekele with Roy H. Park School of Communications Dean Diane Gayeski. (Photo by Stetson Doggett/Ithaca College)
Selam Bekele with Roy H. Park School of Communications Dean Diane Gayeski. (Photo by Stetson Doggett/Ithaca College)

ITHACA, NY—The Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College has recognized Ghetto Film School advisor Selam Bekele with a 2018 S’Park Media Mentor Award. The S’Park Awards recognize high school teachers and advisors who are committed to igniting a passion for media in their students.

Bekele is a college advisor for the Ghetto Film School, an award-winning nonprofit that identifies young talent from local communities in Los Angeles and New York City and provides them with access, opportunities and resources to pursue creative careers in media. A multimedia artist, PBS recently profiled Bekele’s work in science fiction. She shares with youth her experience in social documentaries, commercial campaigns and experimental art installations.

Bekele was invited to an award dinner and reception at the college. While on campus, she met the advisors and managers of the Park School’s own nationally acclaimed student media outlets and learned about the Park Scholar Program, which provides full-cost-of-attendance scholarships for communications students.

“The Park School is privileged to sponsor many great speakers and events, but the S’Park Media Mentor Awards program is my favorite,” said Diane Gayeski, dean of the Park School. “Each of our awardees inspires high school students to see media as powerful tools to shape the society that they will inherit, and they instill a culture of excellence in their cohorts. Over the years, the mentors have become a wonderful pipeline for some of our most talented students and we appreciate the opportunity to forge relationships with students who may not otherwise have heard of Ithaca College or thought that a Park School degree could be in their futures.”

Student-operated media programs in the Roy H. Park School of Communications include a weekly newspaper, The Ithacan; radio stations WICB-FM and VIC Radio; television station ICTV; Park Productions, a media production unit; and Park Design House, a graphic design unit.