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NATAS Mentor/Student
Connection Day - Recap


by Spencer Moon

ATLANTA, GA (April 29, 2006)— The Southeast chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) recently put together a five-hour stellar opportunity for students to meet and interact with film and television professionals from the greater Atlanta area. The Student Connection Day was held on April 29, 2006 at the Art Institute of Atlanta.

The purpose of Connection Day is to give students the opportunity to learn and get advice from television industry professionals. Over 100 students from colleges throughout Georgia attended the event. Two dozen industry professional mentors shared their advice and insights, and over two dozen additional volunteers from NATAS and the Art Institute of Atlanta donated their time to make the day a big success. In all, over 150 people participated in Connection Day.

The event included two hour-long classes that featured five mentors with a moderator and a dozen students. Later there were two hour-long sessions with individual mentors speaking to smaller groups that provided more individual attention to the student's interest based on the mentor's area of expertise. The lunch period mid-day provide more opportunity for students to meet and interact less formally.

CBS Channel 46 provided a News Satellite Truck with one of their top engineers to give students personal and up close information and access to state of the art technology. The truck was there all day and sessions were arranged so students had ample opportunity to visit the truck.

In addition to the Mentor-Student Connection Day, NATAS
hosts the Southeast Regional Emmy awards, offers three $5,000 college scholarships annually, and maintains a college internship program. Each fall the NATAS Silver Circle awards recognize Southeastern television professionals who have worked in the industry for 25 years or more.

NATAS provides members with access to an excellent national job bank and offers monthly workshops and networking events -- from hands-on graphics seminars to watching live evening news broadcasts. NATAS frequently partners with other professional organizations like the Press Club and Women in Film Atlanta to reach the broader production community.

Information provided by:

Fran Burst-Terranella, Chair, NATAS Connection Day 2006
Alicia Parker, Coordinator, NATAS Connection Day 2006
For more information on NATAS, see www.natassoutheast.tv.