Health Message – Why Are You Smoking? Best Representation of the Theme – I Heard Best Soundtrack – Addiction Most Creative – The Dream Technical Merit – What Are You Smoking? Cinematography – What If Audience Favorite – What Are You Smoking? Grand Prize & $100 Winner – The Dream
Public Health in Action! Augusta University students contribute to Cancer Center outreach
Tobacco use is nothing to smile about, unless you are participating in the SMILE Video
Competition. Augusta University continues to lead the way in promoting our tobacco-free
campus and in calling attention to the effects of tobacco use. Under the direction
of Augusta University Cancer Center’s Office of Cancer Information and Awareness,
Augusta University students and employees had an opportunity to persuade someone to
quit tobacco through the SMILE Video Competition (Smoke-Free/Tobacco-Free Matters
In Learning Environments).
Fourteen videos were submitted by the March 10th deadline. Students and employees
voted for their favorite, casting their final on-line ballots on March 19, National
Kick Butts Day. Ten judges with expertise in video production or tobacco prevention
and control selected seven winning entries.
The Awards ceremony (photos) held March 25 at the Summerville Campus was attended
by 40 people, including two Communications classes. The grand prize winner, The Dream
by Producer Brandon Fields (shown with red tee shirt and lightning bolt) received
a $100 check donated by Christine O’Meara, Director of Cancer Information and Awareness.
Ceremony attendees also visited displays from the American Cancer Society, the Augusta
University Cancer Center, and a local video production company, Brighton Entertainment.
Through this initiative, students were engaged as learners and as educators. This
is one way that the Augusta University Cancer Center is cultivating public health
leaders. The SMILE Video Competition also served as a vehicle for cultivating solid
partnerships for future collaborations with Augusta University Student Health and
the Department of Communications.