Cayuga Community College Professor Steve Keeler is a featured presenter at the 2012 Media Educators of America conference in Providence, R.I., on October 16.
His presentation, “How Video Entrepreneurship Transforms the Student Experience at a Community College, will focus on C3Video, a student-run production company that began five years ago at the College. He will provide some background about how the project got started using funds from the Kauffman and Stardust foundations and will weave in anecdotes about how students learned from the experience as well as the high quality work that they produced. Cayuga students won a 2012 Telly Award for a sequel documentary about foods and dishes with origins in Upstate New York—one of three Telly and two Hometown Video awards C3Video has won during the past five years.
Keeler will also serve on three-person panel, “TEDtalks MEOA Documentaries Epiphanies Evolving,” which asks each panelist to describe a specific example of how making a documentary changes the filmmaker’s perspective on the subject. Following their discussion, they will screen the films, including C3Videos’ production, Duct Tape and High Heels. Keeler is the chair of the College’s Humanities and Communications Division, and has been on the telecommunications faculty at Cayuga since 1987. He teaches a variety of media and media production courses, with a specialty in video production. He also serves as the faculty advisor to two students start-up enterprises, C3Videos—video and digital film production company and distribution enterprise—and Cayuga Records—a record production company, record label, and music publishing. He is a published author and created the instructor resource materials and ancillary resources for the 5th edition of the Video Production Handbook, an Elsevier/Focus Press publication.
Among his many honors, Keeler has earned recognition as College Technology Educator of the Year by the Technology Association of Central New York and as a two-time winner of National Broadcast Educator of the Year by the Society of Broadcast Engineers. He received two awards from the American Association of Community Colleges for IT Innovation in the Classroom. He holds a bachelor’s degree in media studies from the University at Buffalo, and a master’s in television, radio, and film from Syracuse University.