Another Narrative Film Production Success for RTVF Students

Park Arcadia

Park Arcadia

From TRFT Chair David Kahn‘s desk:

RTVF‘s student-written and -directed film Park Arcadia received Honorable Mention in the narrative film production category at the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Festival of Media Arts.

More information about Park Arcadia can be found at the following links: and

Congratulations to Darren H. Rae, Shaan Aslam, and all involved with this project!

National Student Screenwriting Success for SJSU

festivallogoScreenwriting Professor Scott Sublett writes:

Once again, San Jose State students have achieved national recognition for screenwriting excellence.

Lauren Serpa, who received her BA in RTVF from San Jose State and is currently an SJSU MFA Creative Writing student, won second place at the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts in the feature-length screenplay category for Where We Start.

The BEA is the nation’s largest organization of RTVF programs and their Festival of Media Arts is the nation’s most important student film competition.

In the same category, recent RTVF grad Risha Rose received an Honorable Mention for her screenplay Dance With Me.

In the Short Screenplay category, two SJSU students received Honorable Mentions: Rachel Compton for Prosopagnosia  and Kevin Briot for When a Giant Falls.

Congratulations to the faculty in RTVF, Theatre Arts, and English who mentored these exceptional students who have brought us glory, and of course to the students themselves!

Congratulations to RTVF Student Ramone Farrier

Ramone Farrier

Ramone Farrier

SILVER SPRING, Md. —The T. Howard Foundation (THF) announces the recipients of the 2014-2015 Scott Weiss Scholarship, an annual merit-based award granted to eligible alumni of the T. Howard Foundation’s Internship Program. San Jose State University, Radio, TV, & Film student Ramone Farrier is among the 10 scholarship recipients. Last year, Farrier was a Post Production intern at HBO.

The purpose of the Scott Weiss Scholarship, now in its 16th year, is to provide T. Howard alumni with financial assistance for their academic and career pursuits, including college tuition, textbooks and/or expenses related to professional development, such as conferences and workshops that help prepare recipients for a career in the media industry.

“Awarding the Scott Weiss Scholarship is another way that the T. Howard Foundation demonstrates its commitment and support of our alumni,” said Jo Pamphile, THF President & CEO. “We are proud to invest in our students’ future success in the media industry.”

Professor Babak Sarrafan Becomes New Adobe Education Leader

Babak Sarrafan at work

Babak Sarrafan at work

Congratulations to Professor Babak Sarrafan, who’s been selected to serve a two-year term as Adobe Education Leader.  Adobe Systems has recognized the work that Babak does as innovative on a global scale, with potential to influence others within and beyond San José State University.

AEL Coordinator Daniela Birch writes,

“At Adobe we look to our AELs to engage with us to help refine a vision of effective technology use that can enhance learning and scholarship in education environments. We encourage them to explore innovative educational solutions with the tools and training we provide, and to share their discoveries through publication, training their peers, or presenting to the broader education community. Being part of this program puts Babak in regular touch with educators around the world. Our AELs can share and learn innovative practices that may benefit them as they work in their current roles.  We congratulate you on having such an accomplished educator on your staff, and encourage you take a look at the work that makes Babak a leader in educational technology use.  You can find more information about the individuals in the AEL program at”

Please stop by Babak’s office or make a point to congratulate him on this impressive achievement!


Professor Sarrafan with his father at SJSU's Service Awards Luncheon

Professor Sarrafan with his father at SJSU’s Service Awards Luncheon


In his usual way, while at the Service Awards luncheon, Professor Sarrafan quipped, “15 Years of Service Award with my old man, Kimb Massey, Alison McKee, Barnaby Dallas, Jim LeFever, Michael H. Adams, Mari Aranoff, Debbie Weber and all I got was this nice Keychain & Pen!!!! ”